The (Apparently) Annual Update
|Another old image. Not signed since I could never decide if it was finished. I can't believe I was working on this in 2011...|
The start of a new year and its been another year since my last post. I wonder if reducing it to an eleven month gap between posts is a reasonable self-improvement goal?
I'm pleased to say that I did actually make a start on a new painting this year. I'm less pleased to say that it hasn't gotten past the sketching stage, and it's tiny.
|Mostly an exercise in trying to hit the focal points, but I do enjoy anytime Alyce gives the boys grief!|
I also made an attempt at Inktober. Knowing that October is always a very busy month for me travel-wise I didn't want to set myself up to fail, so I didn't plan on doing a sketch every day in October, but I did try to plan out a sketch for each of the prompts within the theme of Story-based illustrations with a goal of eventually getting through them all (I managed a fair few ideas, but some of the prompts left me stumped, and some of the ideas haven't panned out). I haven't given up, but I also haven't completely finished many sketches yet.
|Inktober cue: swing|
I also had a chance to try my first fluid pour last summer (plus a bit of blowing with a straw), using my mother's supplies.
|I still haven't decided which way should be up, but I quite like the oceanic feel of my first pour.|
I really enjoyed it and want to do more, but I haven't gotten around to getting my own set-up. I've spent ages watching various videos of other peoples' fluid paintings, though; they're pretty addictive.
I've finished a couple knitting projects (including the un-ending Boxy). Knitting always comes out a bit different from what I had in mind; sometimes better, sometimes worse, sometimes just different. Should anyone be making a longer Boxy, I advise not adding quite as much as you think you'd like - mine was supposed to be a tunic and it's knee-length now. :P Stephen West's Marled Mania is great, other than that I don't like the wool of the funnel-neck on my skin. The colour marling is great, though, and I have plans to make a modifed version once I can find pattern for something with a lower neck. I also finished Tegna, and have started working on Arbus.
Out of sewing projects, my two best successes were a pair of capris made from a self-drafted pattern based on a favorite old pair of trousers (the pattern wasn't a great success as intended, since it's for a woven fabric and that come out very tight; it's great for knits, though), and a Simplicity 8013 which isn't quite finished yet, but is good so far (if a bit low in the neckline).