Big Ski Chair Affair

We have been working on our chair over the last several weeks. Today we met to finish the primer coat of paint and to work out a schedule on what’s to be done next.

Here’s the chair with its primer coat. We have ordered foam for the cushions but it hasn’t arrived yet. We are still have to paint the chair, make cushions with eco printed felt, make more leaves and then attach¬†the leaves. We are also going to make a felt rock to go under the bench which hasn’t been started yet. So still quite a bit to do yet.

But look how wonderful the eco printed felt looks on the bench! Plus Paula made some great pillows. And if you look at the right side of the photo, Louise is holding up some leaves that will be meandering up that side with various vines wrapped around the chair. So we’re well on our way. It’s an interesting process figuring out how we’re going to deal with different issues that arise on the structure of the chair. We’re having fun!

Water, Water, Everywhere

I had company all week long and we were busy skiing and having fun. We skied 30,000 vertical feet on Friday. But I did have a bit of time to work on my homework for Level 3 Art & Design. I’m not sure I followed the directions very well as I was supposed to find the “line” in water. I just ended up drawing water.

It’s a little hard to scan these in as they are pencil drawings. Hopefully, you can see the drawings. You can click on them to enlarge if you’d like. So I started with pencil line drawings.

Then I added in more value changes to the same drawings. I made a bit of an error on the last row as I didn’t put them in the same order. Oops.

I’m still working on this page where I am adding color to the water.

And then I decided to try to stick with more line and less filling in of the entire little block of space. These look so cartoonish to me that I have a hard time with that style. Have you ever tried to draw water?


Big Ski Chair Affair

We started working on our ski lift chair for The Big Ski Chair Affair. We have a lovely studio space to use thanks to the Glacier Restaurant Group. Four of the chairs are in the bottom part of their building where we can work on them.

We cleaned the chair and then stripped all the old foam that was pretty worn out and dirty off the chair. You can see two other chairs behind ours. The middle bar in the chair is going to be removed all together so we didn’t take the black foam off of that one. Didn’t have the correct wrench to remove the bar today.

The next step is to start painting it and then we will get more foam and start the upholstery process. We’re still working on making more leaves for it and I keep stitching away each morning to make one leaf.

These had veins of stitching added to them but I forgot to take a photo of them after that. I will keep you updated on our progress.

Missing in Action

I am back home after two weeks of traveling. First we went to Philadelphia for a wholesale buying show for the store. Bought lots of good stuff and the weather in Philly was fantastic. One day it was sunny and 70 degrees, in February. Usually it is cold and dreary when we go. We went down to South Street and saw the mosaics there. Just google South Street Mosaics Philadelphia and you can take a look. I got photos but they are all on my phone and not on the computer. Sorry.

Then we came back home and two days later we drove to LaConner, Washington for the first session of Level 3 Art & Design with Gail Harker. I was really happy to start this class and had a great time. We have 5 people in the class and worked on color, chromatic grays and line. I have lots of homework so I’ll be showing that here. Hopefully, you won’t get too bored.

High Value Chromatic Gray Collage

This is one of the collages that I made in class with high value chromatic grays.

High Value Saturated Color Collage

And another collage that I made with the saturated colors that were mixed into those grays used above. Sorry the photos aren’t the best, it was a little dark here today.

Low Value Chromatic Gray Collage

So I made another collage today with the low value chromatic gray papers that I had painted in class. I have several more of these to do. We are to use squares, stripes and rectangles in these collages. Each collage is 6″ x 6″.

Rainbow of Painted Papers

I painted more paper today for future collages. Here’s my rainbow of colors.

Tints to Shades Primary Magenta

And this is tints and shades painted with primary magenta. Again, sorry the photos aren’t good. Each of these painted pages is 9′ x 9″. I need lots of painted papers for future work in the class. So we are supposed to develop a stash of painted paper. Lots more to do!


Valentine’s Cards

I needed to make a Valentine’s card for hubby and so I decided to make a bunch at once. Then I can sell the rest at the store. And they will work for just “love” cards and not just Valentine’s so hopefully they will sell year round.

Making Cards

I didn’t get any photos of the gelatin plate printing process. I was in such a hurry to get the cards done that not many photos got taken. But I made several masks of hearts with the hot glue gun. Then I printed away with a variety of reds, pinks, whites and purples. The metallic paint makes it a little hard to get good photos, sorry.

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So here they all are and hope your Valentine’s Day was sweet!