Painting Female Face | Flower Painting | Fine Art Painting

Painting Female Face and Flowers

I was inspired by old Hollywood glamour photography of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, in particular a photo of Bette Davis in her very early career. As for the flowers, I thought it would be nice to add bold color in the design which would frame/wrap one side of the canvas. These are very like wild, country roses.

painting female face

 

Details:

  • 12×12 inch canvas – Female, Study in Violet
  • Acrylic paint
  • Acrylic medium
  • Tissue paper

Are you wondering where the tissue paper is? I cut individual tissue paper flower petals and then applied them with medium. Later, I painted over them. I like tissue paper for backgrounds. In this mixed media painting, I used tissue paper to create a colorful background.

All that remains is for me to frame this picture. I’m going to do that myself. I’ll miter cut some plain wood trim, stain it, attach it with small nails meant for the job, wood fill the nail holes, reapply stain, and then attach a picture hanger on the back. When I get around to doing this. I’ll try to include a tutorial.

Crochet Ripple Blanket for Beginners | Zigzag Blanket

ripple blanket Have you been searching for an easy to crochet ripple blanket, also known as a zigzag blanket? Well, search no longer. This is a pattern you can easily crochet. Additionally, once you’ve established about 6 rows, you can follow the stitches from the row below the row you’re working on. You won’t have to continually refer to the pattern.

Crochet Ripple Blanket for Beginners (zigzag Blanket) – Sized for a crib or baby carriage
  • Hook 5.0 or 5.5 MM
  • Yarn used in this pattern: Loops and Threads Snuggly Wuggly (DK 11 wpi)  Note: I purchased 2 skeins of the lavender and 2 of the white; however, upon completing the project, 90%  of the lavender skein remained and 90% of the white skein remained. It’s possible that you could do this project with only 1 skein of each color; however, it’s better to have leftover yarn than to be short and unable to find the yarn again.
  • Scissors and needle for weaving in ends

HELP: Watch this video to learn DCtog-over-3. While the video indicates that the demonstrated stitch is 3dctog – it is the same stitch as DCtog-over-3. Watch this video to learn how to DC2tog.

With color 1, chain 136.
Row 1: DC in 4th chain from hook • skip next chain • [DC in next 9 chains] • (DC, chain 1, DC) in next chain • DC in next 9 chains • [DC2tog-over 3]-5 times • DC in next 9 chains • (DC, chain 1, DC) in next chain • DC in next 9 chains • skip next chain, DC2tog • turn. You should have 6 ripples.

Row 2: Chain 3 • DC in the first stitch •skip next stitch • DC in next 9 stitches • (DC, chain 1, DC) in next chain-1 space • DC in next 9 stitches • [DC2tog-over 3]-5 times • DC in next 9 stitches • (DC, chain 1, DC) in next stitch • DC in next 9 stitches • skip next stitch • DC2tog, turn.

Row 3: Repeat row 2. Fasten off. Begin row 4 with color 2.

For the blanket, you will continue to repeat row 2.

This pattern is for 3 rows of color 1 and 3 rows of color 2.

Weave in any loose ends.

For the border: I crocheted 3 rows of single crochet all around the blanket. In the corners, I stitched 2 single crochet stitches. On the sides without single chains to stitch into, crochet 2 single crochet stitches into each double crochet space.

Crochet Ripple Blanket

I forgot to measure my finished blanket before I wrapped it as a gift, but it will fit a crib nicely. I like this pattern because it looks good horizontally and vertically.

 

 

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer | Book Review

BorneBorne by Jeff VanderMeer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book made my brain explode with color. The post-apocalyptic world is alive with dreadful creatures, bubbling bio-chemical rivers and pools, and ruin. The heroine, Rachel, from what I gathered (she tells the story and mentions her appearance only briefly) appears to be a woman of color (African descent?), which is welcomed, as most science fiction has white characters and male protagonists.

The antagonist, Mord, is a 3-story tall, brown bear that flies. Yes, you read that correctly. The title of the book is the name Rachel gives the almost human, plant and cephalopod like, bio-tech that she adopts, teaches, and shares living space with. Then there is Wick, her boyfriend. He had been an employee of The Company, the corporate entity responsible for the destruction of the earth via bio-technology.

Everyday is a struggle for existence for all except Mord. Ridding the city of Mord is a challenge. Living with a growing multi-dimensional, bio-technical creature like Borne is another challenge. Then there are the secrets that Wick and Rachel keep from each other. What’s the outcome? That’s for you to find out.

Once I ventured into this world, I couldn’t put the book down. It’s easy to suspend disbelief and believe the unbelievable. And, as far as believing a company will destroy the earth – that’s completely conceivable.

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