The sun rose today at 0854 and will set at 1555 (0355pm) - the length of the day will be 7 hours and one minute!! The sun peeked from behind the trees into my studio for a short while and I had to adjust my seating. The temperature is back to -30°C but we had one "warm" day in between. That day was yesterday and instead of very cold air we got a huge dumping of new snow; the snow in the air was as thick as pea soup. I had to make a trip to the town and the driving conditions were truly very poor.
Over the weekend, I let the knitting needles rest and I worked on crocheting. I love the result of freeform crochet and I have worked on these dogs on and off for some time now. This is new to me (meaning I need lots of practice), so I am adjusting my approach every time I pick up the hook. While this dog
is quite flat and balanced,
this dog is very curvy; the moment I take off the pins, it goes all wild. I think I have to rip the background from between the hat and the tail, I think the problem is there.
I had in mind making these into a larger piece but could not make a decision about the background color or the yarn and so half-mindedly picked up one (badly) spun ball of singles and started to crochet with it. I like the color and its variations in the yarn, but I don't have lots of it, so I have to make these dogs into something fairly small.
The two fellows are not enough and I am thinking of crocheting a third one. The thought made me pick up the drawing materials and I have worked on a picture of a dog and three birds. I am not sure if this picture will result into anything worth showing to you, so this might be the first and the last time you see this, but it is a good one to show you my steps in picture making.
I almost always draw the basic shapes with pencil onto watercolor paper (rough paper). I am trying to learn to use watercolors more and so I started the illustration with transparent washes of watercolor. From here I will continue with Derwent Inktense pencils
and in the end will add black ink with Pigma Micron waterproof pens. I have been practicing with nib pens and I do love the natural line, but I am so used to my old ways that I keep returning to Micron pens.
(I have never sold any of my illustrations but some time ago I went through my drawings and thought about making a set of cards of them but so far only a thought.)
The couple of reindeer, I talked about last time, were joined by a third one and they are all doing fine. They roam around the neighborhood at the moment and I keep seeing them every now and then from different windows of the house. I tried to take a picture the day before yesterday, but there were so many trees and piles of snow in between that I could not get good pictures. If they come closer, I will try again.
Wool with you,