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Pineapple 2 – from drawing to wall hanging

I am about to add the detail and definition to my wall hanging using machine and hand stitches.  I feel it still needs something more, and may add a plate around the base of the pineapple.  I think the fuchia/purple color in the background gives it a 3 dimensional quality, but am eager to get constructive direction from all you artists out there.  I have made a pattern for this pineapple and plan to try making with on fabric with paint stiks also. However, I’d like to get back to a more folk art style, so I may draw a new more stylized pineapple and see where I can go with that.  I used many suggestions from Laura Waslowski’s web site on fusing.  I think I will also use her tutorial on facing for the edges once I have added a border or two.
I’m always grateful for helpful comments…. that’s what I love about this Sketchbook Challenge approach.

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Pineapples…

I am in the middle of a Pineapple Series…. first I zentangled one; then I tried using colored pencils, but my color plan was not good.  I will need to do that one again.  Now I have drawn and water colored a realistic pineapple, and I am in the process of rendering it in a small fabric wall hanging.  When I get that done, I will post it all.  Hope you all had very nice Easter holidays, if that is what you celebrate.  Otherwise, happy spring to all!
I’ve moved on to a realistic pineapple drawn from looking at photos. Perhaps I am mixing two different styles, folk and realistic. Thinking on whether my background should have more realism – a window perhaps.
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Water Color practice…

Yesterday I attempted to water color the ink drawing I had completed of a dogwood flower.  The first attempt was scratched, but I learned to use more water and less color.  The quotes about beauty are from *The Book of Qualities* by J. Ruth Gendler.

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Tornado safe…

We feel fortunate that the NC tornado missed us by a few miles.  Our hearts go out to those who are struggling with the loss of family members and friends.  These storms are so violent and happen so suddenly that loss is magnified by them.

 

© 2010  All images and text are copyright of Mary A. Ritter (aka ‘M Unique) and may not be reproduced without express permission
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Lots of life….

After a flurry of company and lots of good visits, I am finding the time to post some of the sketches and watercoloring that I have attempted in the last few days.  First another face… not of anyone in particular, but one drawn along with a uTube lesson…. what a great way to learn and practice.  Then, I decided to zentangle as a way to relax into the drawing mode and ended up doing an entire page of zentangling.  Finally, I really had a good time viewing Jane La Fazio’s new DVD which I had downloaded as a digital version.  This is also another great way to learn as you can stop the video and try the skill; then return to the video; can also repeat it over and over.  I loved this lesson and began to draw some of the common objects around the house.  I’m eager to do more of this drawing this week, but decided I needed to post some drawings first.  This blog will be a nice review of my process of learning to draw and use watercolors.  Great fun no matter the results.