Thursday, July 31, 2008

A crispness in the air....

at least in the new Autumn paintings. It is still in the 90's and 100's here, so thinking ahead to the fall somehow helps with the heat!

For TDIPT's update on the first I've put together an Autumn Journal. There are five watercolor paintings bound in a book form. The covers of the book are wrapped in a pretty paisley in autumnal colors. The front cover has a black metal frame with the title "Autumn Journal" and bittersweet painted on watercolor paper. The front cover is also hinged and the binding is wrapped in brown leather. Each painting is done on heavy, 140lb. coldpress. The pages are deckled and stained before painted. The paintings are scored slightly so each page in the journal is easily turned. The journal measures 5 1/2 X 7.

I've also painted two silhouettes. A pair of pilgrims, to be more exact. The man wears a hat with a buckle and the woman a bonnet. Both are painted in watercolor and have been accented with white accents for emphasis and shadowing. The frames are beveled and painted a deep green with gold trim. Each painting measures 7 1/2 X 8 1/2.


The past few weeks we've had "Paperclay Class" at our kitchen table. My boys have wanted to give it a try. They usually prefer a "one-day" or "one-hour" project over one that takes patience and time. But they have really seemed to enjoy creating their sculptures these past 2 weeks. My younger son's therapist also wanted to be part of the "class", and everyone seems to have had fun. They inspired me to work on a few sculptures for fall while we all sat at the table together. (I usually like to work alone when everyone is in bed !), but this was fun and I did get a few things sculpted! Here are a few pics of our "creations". (Let me give you a hint as to what they are!). My younger son sculpted a bunny (the brown bunny on a green stand). My older son is still in the process of sculpting his giraffe. And my son's therapist sculpted the turtle. The next step will be the detail painting. I'll post pics later of the "finished masterpieces"!

My "creations" are almost ready for paint....pumpkin heads and an acorn person.
And one has been painted...but still needs to get dressed!


Cassie said...

I love your pumkins. I can't wait to see the kid's creations when completed. What a great way to spend time with them.

Lana said...

Your boys have done a great job! Love the dolls in progress, too!

PAT said...

I'm loving these beautiful glimpses of the upcoming season!


Jacquelynne said...

Can't wait to see them finished, your pumpkin head looks great. I have paper clay here but it just seems to be one of those things that I never get around to working on. And I know what you mean about the heat, I am starting to wish for fall,too.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I am so loving your sculptures!! Such a sweet expression.

Miss.Maddie's said...

Well the acorns didn't fall far from the tree did they. Those lads have talent but I bet the best part was the giggles and laughs around that kitchen table.
And what shall we be naming that pumpkin Miss?
Keep us posted on her progress!
xo Susan

~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

You've been so busy making such wonderful things! What a fun project to do with your kids ~ LOVE the Pumpkins! And your Autumn Journal is just lovely. My mom has made calendar books like that in the past with different watercolor paintings for each month! Yours reminds me so much of hers!

Have a great week!

Donna said...

I love the pumpkin head you painted, Suzanne! How cute. And your autumn book is wonderful. I'm ready to start painting autumn things too.

Your boys did a great job with their sculptures, what a fun project for everyone.

Heather said...

Oh, how I long for fall! Your creations are so lovely, and the boys' work looks great too!~

Christine LeFever said...

How positively beautiful, all of it, but the journal? Oh my goodness you've worked hard, and you're selling it? One could pretend it is one's own painting journal, you know!!!

Your boys are so sweet with their little creations. They have a lot of their artist Mama in them.

Christine (Zwee!)

SweetAnnee said...

Oh what a lovely group of art.Can't wait to see the finished..How great the boys
are creating!!
Autumn is approaching..I love it!!

Ruth Welter said...

Hey there Suzanne...what gorgeous paintings....all of them, every single favorites though are the silhouettes...they are stunning.

Cannot wait to see all your finished dolls, please show them when they are complete. Such an incredible process, cannot imagine how you do it.


Lorraine said...

ooooooh!! Love your TDIPT offerings...and paperclay is lots of fun to work with...can't wait to see ALL the finished goodies:o)!

Hope you're enjoying your summer!!


Sandra Evertson said...

Just Fabulous!

Victorian Lady said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope it is as great as your paperclay creatures! :)


Gathering Hope said...

Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday sweet Suzannnnnneeeeee...Happy Birthday to you!!!

Anonymous said...

WEll, I love the boys work!! And yours is always divine... Happy Birthday Suzanne!!! Hugs, MO

Cookie said...

Happy Birthday, dear friend ♥

Hope your day was filled with everything that makes you happy.

Love your new creations but the boys masterpiece's caught my eye and tugged at my heart! Their talent shows how much they take after their mama :)


Anonymous said...

Have fun on your trip to Portland!! I live in Happy Valley (Clackamas area) I will be waving at you!!! Sellwood shops might just be open.... you never know! I remember the name of one "Farmhouse antiques" you could give them a jingle? OOOOH, if you get a chance you will have to stop by the "Knitt'n kitten" it is on Glisan (about 67th?) Wonderful, fabric and notions (craft supplies) thrift store... It is FUN!!! Hugs, MO