Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WIP Wednesday-- Circles and Yo-Yo's

Sewing time has been much shorter than I like as usual.  I'm still trying to figure out how to remedy that.
I've been looking forward to the quilt shops quilt retreat this weekend, but as of right now I don't have the money to pay to go.  I'm still in hopes of getting the money by tomorrow, but it's not looking promising.  I keep trying to figure out how to have pretty much the same sewing time at home as I would at the retreat.  It's pretty impossible and why I feel the need to the retreats and the hours of time that is dedicated just to sewing!

I put more rows on the Christmas yo-yo table runner until once again I ran out of yo-yo's.  I'm still making more with the hope that this time I finally will have enough to finish the table runner and then move on to making the 2nd valance.  Wish me luck!

By my figures I still have 73 more yo-yo's to put on to finish the table runner.

I've had a few down times while waiting to get more circles put together for my penny rug.  I'm hoping the next picture I get to share with you is some of the circles actually sewn on to the blanket for the rug.

I link up with the following blogs, be sure to check them out also.

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Learn the Secrets of Drawing Cats With Observational Drawing

In this Classic Sketchbook you will learn the secrets of observational drawing of cats.

The book starts with the usual tools and materials.
Each page that you turn you will see an image of an actual artists painting or drawing of cats.  A large majority of these were drawn or painted in the 1880's.
The author then takes these and writes step-by-step on drawing them.

Now, the book is set into sections of the cats body.  You can see this lay out on the Cats Basics page.
If you are looking specifically on how to observational draw any of the body, the pages where you will find the pages for those instructions listed.  For example:  Ears pages 30-35 and Graceful Spine pages 14 and 50.

I love cats, however, I am not an artist in the genre of drawing.  I've never done any more than just doodle.   I've enjoyed looking through this book over and over to look at the artists images as well as thinking that I would love to know how to draw cats---looking at our own cats and drawing them.

I do not see this book as a starting point for learning how to draw animals, but more of a book you would buy if you already have the drawing basics down.  You would then be able to take this book and take the basics to a whole new level. 

I will continue to look into this book over time and read about the observational drawing and keep giving this drawing a try.

So far I've only tried one of the heads.  A start of one anyway.  Yes, you will notice right away that I am truthful is saying I'm not an artist in drawing.  I did pretty well on the ears and one eye using the book, but need to keep trying the other eye and the mouth area. 

In conclusion I would like to include an excerpt from the back of the book: "Not everyone who wants to draw cats in all their poses has a museum filled with masterworks nearby, and that is the purpose of this book.  We'e brought the masterworks to you, and noted artist, illustrator, and author Patricia J Wynne will help you observe, learn a thing or two about paws and fur, and capture what you see."

You may also want to check out the Classic Sketchbook: Botanicals as well.  It's another secrets of observational drawing book.

Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of the book for the purpose of review.  I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own.  Post does contain affiliate links.
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