Friday, October 27, 2017

Great-Grandma's Chair, Finished!

The final finishing touches

I have glazed the shadows of the quilt with a thin coat of ivory black to add drama. I have finished the scissors, added pins to the pin cushion and the sewing basket lid, added some pins to the chair seat along with adding some more ageing effects to the edge. The big thing is I signed my name in the lower left hand corner.

Yay!  I'm done!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Great-Grandma's Chair, Step 10

More finishing

I'm making these pictures larger so you can see the details as I do them.  I have refined the edging around the sewing box lid, added the cords to keep the lid from falling over, moved the emery  "strawberry" because I thought it was too centered, and reworked the railing cast shadow.  Though you can't see it, I've added "New Testament" to the cover of the black bible.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Great-Grandma's Chair, Step 9

More finishing

Here I have developed the basket a little more, painted the tape measure with its numbers, refined the pin cushion, removed the sewing machine bobbin that I didn't like because it was too much the same size as the thimble. I have added wear and tear on the edge of the chair, which is starting to make it a real antique.

I have tidied up the cast shadows from the chair rails, and fixed the stones which were bothering me in the previous post. The perspective of the cast shadow from the chair rail is wrong and I will have to fix that.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Great Grandma's Chair, Step 8

The sewing basket and chair

I have developed most of the items in the basket, just about finished the satin back, begun to develop the design on the chair back, and refined the drawing of the chair legs, which are about to drive me nuts.

At this point, it's just bringing things closer to the finish.  I have to weave the basket, do the measuring tape, and the tomato pin cushion.  Lots of fun.

Now that I see a photo of the painting, the three stones to the right of the basket are too symmetrical and are lined up.  That bothers me and I will have to change that.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Great-Grandma's Chair, Step 7

Redrawing and correcting the chair

Since I have the entire set-up in a corner of my studio, I could compare the painting with the actual set-up.  Up to now, I had been working from my photos, which was easier while working on the quilt.  But now, I could see how the chair was wonky...which meant I had to redraw it and the sewing basket. This required quite a bit of my time, but if you look at the previous blog, you'll see a big difference in the chair, especially the legs.  I haven't done the cast shadows yet.

Once I was happy with the corrected drawing, I painted a little on the sewing basket.  The next thing is to arrange all the items in the basket and on the chair seat.  Then I will tidy up the whole painting. At this point, there is no part that is finished. In fact, there's a lot of it that's pretty messy, but I'm
getting there.

The corrected drawing

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Great-Grandma's Chair, Step 6

Painting the rest of the quilt

I continued on up the side of the quilt, carefully following my initial coding of the squares.  Again, that was a good decision on my part. When I got all finished, I stood back and much to my horror, I saw that the chair was wonky.  It took me a while to figure out how that happened, but I think my original photo was a tad crooked. Bummer!

The quilt

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Great-Grandma's Chair, Step 5

Painting the quilt

As I said previously, I coded the patches in the quilt, which is one of the smartest things I've done. I would be totally lost, if I hadn't. I started in the shadow area, and worked my way down and then back up the far side. Almost all the patches are different and in different colors, so I spent a lot of time mixing paint and cleaning brushes. 

Now that I'm this far, I think I will adjust the bottom part of the quilt and wrap it around in front of the chair leg, so that the leg doesn't go off the bottom of the canvas. I don't like the angle that is created by the edge of the quilt and the chair leg. It will help to keep the viewer's eye in the painting.

Painting the quilt