Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Moving Down The Checklist

Last night I repainted the embroidered shapes on Ieva that were too faint and hard to see. There's still more embroidery to do; it runs all down the (viewer) right side of the tunic. All of the work was done while listening to "How The Universe Works" on my local PBS station. There is certainly a lot to think about when watching one of these astrophysics shows— the vastness and structure of the universe is really astounding.

Here's Ieva:

Ieva, America series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Later in the evening, I worked on the signage on this one— delineating the words, "Est. 1997" and sharpening up "Evening Star." It took a while, but I doubt you can see much difference. I'm planning a visit to the restaurant sometime in the next couple of weeks, and will be gathering some (hopefully) better reference for the customers inside the place.

Evening Star CafĂ©, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

So, this morning I started with something easy: the little Vermeer copy. I sort of feel selfish doing this piece, because I'm just doing it to please myself and to hang on my own wall, not offer it up for sale.

  Study After A Maid Asleep, (Johannes Vermeer), © 2018, work in progress 

But there's something funny going on with those verticals— they look slanted to me...

Moving on, I decided there was enough strong daylight, even with the overcast sky, to be able to make some informed decisions about the color in this next one. But it wasn't as easy as I'd hoped it would be, and I still need to get the clouds to look like they are arranged naturally, especially in the center.

    Learned Pond, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
A little while ago I went back to the Vermont cafe scene. It turns out the panel I ordered is the wrong size, due to my own faulty measurement, so there needs to be about 5/8" taken off the bottom of it so it can fit in the frame I have ready for it. But  apparently there is too much stuff in the garage in the way of the radial arm saw, so it must be moved out to the trash before my hubby can make the cut. I figure that will take another week, easy, so no reason not to block in a little more color.

For Rent, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

And that should do it for a while. I'm going to take a break, maybe get back to another piece later tonight. 

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