…still working on the 2008 presidental candidate portraits

 I’m still working on the 2008 presidental candidates portraits which were inspired by knitting the Obama and McCain finger puppets 1 1/2 weeks ago.  In-the-mean time, here’s a quote I painted and collaged on canvas. Btw, the shiny parts you see is just the gloss varnish.  Again, check back in a couple days for the portraits…they are beccoming verrrry interesting.

Presidental Candidates: Obama – McCain

 Having agreed to exhibit a few paintings and handcrafted items for a holiday exhibit at Arts Clayton Gallery in metro-Atlanta, I’ve been thinking about what to submit.  Paintings? Knitted items?  hand-painted plaques?  And then…as I was browsing the internet,  I found a very cool finger puppet pattern!  But, instead of knitting puppets for children, I decided to create Obama and McCain finger puppets getting along and happy to be with each other – for adults.  Actually, these finger puppets would be a great teaching prop in exposing kids to the world of politics. 

At the same time, the idea of non-representational portraits of both presidental candidates developed, which will be on exhibit (and for sale) at Arts Clayton Gallery – a very friendly and welcoming gallery.  Of course, the finger puppets will accompany the portraits, since they were the inspiration for the portrait paintings.  Check back within a few days for the paintings!

I love fingerless mittens!

 

 

Ahhhh, I love knitting fingerless mittens!  They’re easy, quick, useful, and make great gifts.   I modified an existing pattern to incorporate a geometric design to my fingerless mitts.  The original  twin rib pattern is available here fingerless mitts in a pdf document:  .  There is also a twin rib matching twin rib headband in pdf.

getting started…finally!

 I just got back into some serious knitting close to 2 months ago after many years of not touching anything knitting related.  And the reason for re-discovering knitting?  Two months ago (August), I put on a major solo exhibit at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, which was both exciting, fun and totally exhausting.  The months leading up to the exhibit were spent on creating new work for the solo show.  I spent many, many, MANY hours painting late into the night or waking up in the wee hours (say 2:30 & 3:30am) to paint.  I looked many times at my fingers to see if there was any blood dripping from my fingertips – nope.  That’s why I was completely exhausted in mid-August. 

So, where does the knitting come in?  Since August, I haven’t touched paints, brushes, canvases, BUT I have been knitting.  Knitting has replaced painting, at least for the time being, until I resume painting again.  There’s some similarities with knitting and painting – I still get to work with color (yarn – paints), tools (needles – brushes), output (knitted object – painting on canvas), techniques (stitch patterns – painting techniques).  What I like about knitting is the existence of patterns, it’s functionality and practicality. I don’t design any knitwear patterns, I just pick a pattern I like, the color yarn and away I click.  Painting, for me, is a much longer creative process – reading, looking at images, thinking, and allowing ‘things’ to percolate in my brain – this can take from a few weeks to few  years, and that’s without even painting anything!

My first knitting project were these adorable kittens. The design for the knitted kittens is not mine, the kittens are.  The pattern can be found at this potty mouth’s link.