Needle Felting a 2D Seascape

 

IMG_4799Land, Sea and Sky – Needle Felt – 5.5 x 8.5 inches

I am taking a very short break from needle felting critters as I wanted to try needle felting a painting.  In this instance, I used one of my own paintings as a reference.  On one hand, it can be quite easy.  You just use wool instead of paint.  On the other hand, it can take a while as there is a lot of stabbing involved.  To make things easier, I used a punch tool that has 5 needles in it.  Then I reworked areas with one or two needles.  Apparently there is no 100% right way of doing it.  Some people add more 3D elements to their paintings.  I used half a sheet of A4 pre felt as my base.  Although this piece is quite small, it still took me a couple of hours to make as I hadn’t made one before and I was learning as I was stabbing.  I still need to tidy up the sides and then it will be ready for framing behind glass.

Here is the original painting next to it which is A3 size.

I think it was easier to make the painting than to felt it.  Splatters were a bit challenging to make  as the nepps are already pre felted.  So I had to use a very thin piece of wool to anchor it onto the sea.  The curls/locks make great waves.  I have the other half of felt left over, so I have another idea for a felted seascape, but this time without a reference and I think I will go bolder with my color choices.  I am also going to experiment with some sparkle.  I can’t wait!

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Art for the Joy of Making and Getting Out of the Blues

I haven’t been working for a few weeks now since my last contract ended.  Apparently there aren’t any admin jobs at the moment.  It is not too surprising since it is the end of the tax year and everyone is waiting to find out if their budget will accommodate temps.  So while I wait patiently for something to turn up, and it usually does, I need to be creative.  This winter was dire for me as the light was really bad for painting and I probably had one of the worst temp placements ever.  Usually the jobs are not that interesting, but the people tend to be great to work with and that can keep me going.  I had a six week placement that had no up side to it what-so-ever.  That is all I am saying.

So, what did I do?  I knitted myself a hat, scarf and gloves and started a set for my daughter.  I moved furniture around and had a bit of a clear out.  I went for walks with the dogs and the hubs.  I have been thinking about my life and hobbies and how to move forward.  This is what happens when I have a lot of free time on my hands.  I think about stuff.  Now that spring is here, my mood is more upbeat.  There is more light to the day.  The weather has generally improved.  I am still thinking about stuff, but I feel less stressed.  I like to try new things.  I will give things a go.

When I first moved from London, I went to an art class because I had the time and I wanted to try something new.  I discovered that I can draw and paint.  I may not be great at it, but I can do it and most of the time I enjoy the process.  I was really enjoying myself with it until someone suggested that I sell my stuff.  That’s the problem.  Just because someone makes the suggestion doesn’t mean that  you have to do it.  I think we just get flattered that the suggestion would even be made.  What we tend to forget is to ask the person who makes the suggestion if they would like to buy something and how much would they pay?  It’s great to have the suggestion, but are you willing to part with your cash?  And since everything is about money these days we forget why we are doing what we do in the first place.  I have read so many comments from people asking how much should they be selling their work for.   Art is subjective.  Ok, you do have to work out the cost of your materials to recoup that back, but what about your time and effort and creative process?  How do you put a price on that?  This then becomes a minefield.  Don’t charge too little as people won’t take you seriously.  Charge too much and people won’t buy it.  Either way, people are not buying.  And yet I still take online classes and I keep making things.  This happened with the furniture that I was painting.  People can paint their own furniture, so unless you live in the USA or London where people pay stupid money for upcycled furniture, it ain’t happening where I live.  People are tight here!  I don’t have time to go to craft or boot fairs as I generally work full time!

While going through my prints, I decided that most of them would make better cards.  I may or may not try to sell them as cards.  The main thing is that I had fun making them.  I tried to sell them as prints, but nada, nichts, nothing.  I looked at all of my 10×12 inch paintings and think I might try and sell them super cheap in one last ditch effort to make space on my walls.  I will give Etsy one more chance.  Some I will keep or give away.  Paintings for family is always free.  They just have to come to where I live to collect it or tell me what they want the next time I visit them.

I just started needle felting and I do love it.  I didn’t think I would like it so much.  People are already asking me if I will be selling my creations!  I didn’t start needle felting to make money from it.  I started needle felting as it intrigued me and it is a way of making a sculpture (or a painting) from wool.  I find it relaxing.  The upside is that it is not too messy!  I can make little critters as realistic as I want to and they will still be cute.  I used to have felted animals when I was a child and I thought I could get a head start on making some for potential grandchildren.  If someone wants to purchase anything I have made so far, contact me as I am open to offers.  Right now I am happy learning how to make cute things.  I am working my way up to making things with armatures.  I want to make my dogs.  I think that would be fun!  What is the price for having fun?!

So, what about painting?  I’ve done a few things so far this year and currently have a WIP, my biggest one yet.  Here is stage 1.

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And here is stage 2.

FullSizeRenderI am painting lupins loosely based on photos I took of the many lupins we saw in Bariloche in Argentina when we had our grown up gap year 5 years ago.  I stopped progressing it when I started the needle felting.  The painting is about 3×2 feet.  This has a long way to go yet.  I am sure there will be a lot of changes.

So, my plan is to continue how I originally started and to make stuff just for the heck of it or out of necessity, like the cushion covers I need to make for some pillows for the campervan.  Now that I made that decision, I feel so much better now.  Thanks for stopping by and if you have managed to read all of this, pat yourself on the back for getting through it and thanks for listening. 🙂

New Painting for 2019

IMG_4610Acrylic on Canvas – 18 x 24 inches

As with some of my other paintings, this one started life as something else.  The colors were similar, but that was about it.  You may be able to see some of them under the many layers of paint.  I have been working on this one for nearly 2 weeks now.  It has been taking a long time for the Golden Open paints to dry in this weather.  As this painting has evolved, it would sit on top of the fireplace in the dining room and I would contemplate about what I would do next once the paint has dried.  I finally figured it out this morning and I now feel that it is complete and am quite happy with it.  (The paint is still wet as I type this, so anything can happen once I leave it lying around for awhile.)  The thing about painting an abstract is that you can keep going on and on and changing it that it can sometimes be difficult to know when to stop.  It is pretty much how I wanted it to look as I had it in my mind.

I have now started something completely different just to take my mind off of this one. 🙂