Archive for February, 2006

Over the past week….

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Mailbag

In the mail on Friday (i think), an invitation to participate in the S.i.C.A.r.T. project. Earlier in the week, Wednesday, i think, i received the returns from a nervousness Tree ATC trade. I’ve also received a request for one of my GCP commemorative envelopes from a collector. She sent it to Christine’s Grey Cat Productions address — we do wonder where she initially saw it.

Crochet

Ruth assured me that the twisted burp whatever would become square with proper blocking. Really, all is well with the object. Ha!

Tools & Techniques

On Saturday i bought a new, inexpensive, lightweight tripod, a rubber cup that you put on the end of chair legs, a pipe clamp, a “grab-it” clamp, bungee cords, and some wire ties. I think i have the bike mount i wanted. Haven’t given it a trial yet.

A reply to my question about sweater design books recommended All Sweaters in Every Gauge and Modular Crochet.

InkAID article in Just Paint (and other notes)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

There’s a very detailed article about ink jet printing in the latest edition of Golden’s Just Paint. It references a product called InkAID which looks intriguing. Christine and i will likely experiment a bit.

Not on the web site is information about the new colors including YELLOWS — a Bismuth Vanadate Yellow PY 184 (opaque and cool) and Benzimidazalone Yellow PY 151 and 175. I wonder if that’s a typo in the spelling — see http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/watery.html#PY151 regarding “Benzimidazolone yellow PY151″ Looks like the same thing to me. I’d like to know the tinting strength — this is the problem i have with the Hansa paints. Let another color look at it and *poof* it’s the other color.

Found Composition II

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Found Composition II

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

Christine had remarked on how interesting was the haphazard arrangement on the easel. I photographed the arrangement, full and this detail. I must say i like this detail best.

Lost long weekend

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Mainly i read and took very long baths this weekend. However, a few puttery creative things happened. We got the wreath out of the living room and “hung” the two paintings. They need to be hung more properly, and the wall washed, but this is nice for right now. I also need to get the bottom of the yellow painting touched up.

Finished off CR2006.04 — the burp cloth or whatever — and restarted the blanket. It does not seem possible to keep the thing SQUARE. Now i see why granny squares are so popular. Since an error gets magnified as one works in the round, a small square is more manageable than a large one.

Some photos of flowers. (Flickr) Some photos of “Found Composition.” (Flickr) Scans of pasta and herbs for the photocopychunky call.

Surfing

Embossing paper with a simple mark or printer’s chop. I’ll need to track down some heavy weight board — which i did. For a “first draft” i’m trying a (yawn) cat’s head.

Email notice for www.babasbeeswax.com. No pysanky this year, though.

Starting over

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Today i finished the yellow edging on the “burp cloth” (CR2006.04) and started again on the blue center ground of the blanket (Now CR2006.05). The “burp” cloth took an oz of yarn, leaving about .6 oz of the blue with which to start over.

I think i’ll have enough blue to make a center ground, and yellow to make the enough edging. I suppose i can always make the edging some what loose—although i suppose a lacy blanket is not good for a baby.

I’m now being much more careful about stretching the piece square as i work on it. I’m still not sure where most of the warp came from—the stitch count was OK.

See more progress on: Crochet a baby blanket for my sister’s baby

1st International Mail Art Exhibition in Greece

Friday, February 17th, 2006

“More than 300 art works have already arrived and will be exposed in the Cultural Center of Elassona for the 1st International Mail Art exhibition in Greece, from 25 February until the 12 March. The show will be inaugurated by the art critic, Mrs Nelly Kyriazi, the head of the Municipal Gallery of Athens, Greece. The title of the project is “Psychedelic”.”

This includes a meeting doodle of mine, FM2005.14.05.

Crochet Me Forum Query on Sweater Books

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

I posted this question in the Crochet Me forum: (more…)

Today’s work

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Paint2006.02-060210-16

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

A fairly large stretched canvas
Diarylide Yellow, Zinc White (for the “sky”)
Diarylide Yellow, Carbon Black
Naphthol Red Light

Sea sponge for the black & red
The “hills” with a great deal of soft gel media, a large filbert brush.

Not that i have wide readership…..

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

but the more links the better.

Do what you can to support the Sew Fast/Sew Easy boycott, as they are using aggressive legal efforts to keep groups of folks from calling themselves a “stitch ‘n’ bitch” group. For presumably objective MSM reporting, here (Thanks to crochet me). You might add it to your 43 Things.

And for background, read The Girl From Auntie (not the episode summary).

Last weekend i ran this Google query, then got distracted by other things:
Results 1 – 50 of about 1,760,000 for stitch bitch

Today:
Results 1 – 50 of about 1,710,000 for stitch bitch

That’s a little scary.

Results 1 – 50 of about 20,600 for “sew fast sew easy”
Results 1 – 50 of about 547 for “sew fast sew easy” boycott
Results 1 – 50 of about 16,900 for bitch stitch boycott

Moonday, Monday

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Photography

Christine took Roll2006.02 to Wolf for developing & had a CD made. This seems a happy solution to scanning issues. The photos i took of the crescent moon were quite blurry and could stand a remote shutter trigger. Christine took photos of the half moon in daylight that were quite beautiful. Of the bird photos I took on Saturday, many of the ones i was most excited about (a kite and a buteo) have the small distant bird surrounded by the huge frame of the image. I suspect i could get a fairly reasonable image of the bird from scanning the negative at a high resolution. The shots of the Green Winged Teal, taken with the tripod in the side bag of my bike, turned out quite well from one point of view — the bird wasn’t really in a good profile.

Again, i find myself less than pleased with the results.

Painting

Christine and i had a discussion about whether my style was surreal or not. I was tempted by a Surrealist group on Flickr, but she cited Breton and said she was confident i was an Expressionist. I find it interesting Klee is Experessionist and Miro Surrealist. (Is there a Mediterranean vs European culture distinction in that?)

Surfing … well Mail

The Artistamp mail list was very active today, distressingly so, in some ways. After several days, weeks of lovely chat of aesthetics and philosophy, there’s been a bit of a rant about the Artistamp Album. It’s a little hard to read someone trying to defend my thoughts as an artist when I don’t need defense. And then there’s the issue of the erotic art which distressed the organizer of the album. It’s kind of playful erotic art, but it’s definitely “male gaze” erotic art. I can appreciate being an organizer and worried about the ages of the participants in the swap and whether there’d be an issue with angry parents. And, while i don’t think i’d be needing to cover it up, i can understand why some folks might. Yes, that might be prudish, but when a work calls itself erotic art i think there’s some recognition that it’s in an area that’s past the bounds of some folks.

The tone got a bit heated. I’m not sure why i find it so hard to let go.

Other posts included a comment on some techniques for embossing paper by Jenny Groat:

One of the things we did was to cut a pattern out of mat board, then use a good paper (such as Arches 90# or 180# HP), sometimes dampened slightly, to press onto our matboard design with some kind of small but not sharp tool. We could “deemboss” this way, too. Some excellent results could come out of this.

Finally a call to participate in a se-tenant sheet, $45. I think my participation in the omnibus will have to forestall my participation here.

I need to remind myself that participating in big collective things isn’t nearly as rewarding as reaching out to individual artists without a “swap.”