Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Very Excited!

I said I was taking a blogging break, didn't I? I said I'd be gone for a week or more... but I couldn't stay away! In fairness, I have completed all my planning for my weekend teaching at Missenden Abbey and I've completed another assignment in my drawing module... and it is the drawing that has lured me back to the blog because I am so VERY excited... I think I have finally cracked it with my tutor! So forgive me if I blow my own trumpet a little but like I say... I'm VERY excited and I wanted to shout about it!

The assignment was to work on The Figure in the Environment. I dithered about what environment to choose and decided to stick to the familiar... the fields and woodland where I walk the dog. But what figure would I place in the environment? Well... I was always there... but I could only actually see my own feet. So... that is what I drew!

I produced several charcoal sketches of my feet, and sometimes my shadow, on various parts of the walk, not entirely sure it would meet approval.

At my tutorial two weeks ago my tutor liked what I'd done, thought it was "exciting" and suggested I took the sketches further by producing a painting. I wasn't too thrilled at the idea of painting, so starting with a quick pastel sketch to get down colours...


I made a stitched "painting". Stitched onto artist's canvas with some hand stitching but mostly free machine embroidery over a charcoal sketch, I made an A3 picture of A Figure in the Environment.



And my tutor's response... "I can't think of anything negative to say... it's brilliant." Did I mention I was VERY excited!

46 comments:

  1. wonderful for you... you have worked very hard. success is lovely...

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  2. Looks like one of those ideas that you have to just grab and run with - just because they are brilliant!!! And it probably came to you while you were relaxed and out for a walk with the dog (say hurrah for studio assistants!!!)

    I can't believe the final picture is stitched - that so clever.

    Celia
    x

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  3. Ah, that must have been a fantastic feeling - and so well deserved!

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  4. Hooray - have Friday 13th off and we'll celebrate!!

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  5. Hooray! Glad your tutor has finally caught up with what the rest of us have seen for ages - youare brilliant!

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  6. They are amazing. Really like the second to last of the feet. You must be so pleased, and rightly so.

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  7. Wow! It's fantastic to see the journey of your drawing. I don't blame you for being so excited - I'd be ecstatic!

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  8. Well done you I'm so glad your tutor finally got it,your work as always is great.
    Judith.

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  9. That looks great, good for you !!
    Twiggy x

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  10. Can feel your excitement from here. Congratulations on a brilliant idea. brilliantly done.

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  11. And so you SHOULD be excited....
    Well done, you......... !

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  12. Well done, nice to feel so excited. Award yourself a chocolate muffing. Thanks for saying hello.

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  13. No wonder you're excited! That's fantastic news Gina and I absolutely love your stitched picture!!

    xxx

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  14. Tootle away on that trumpet, it is brilliant!

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  15. Your picture is brilliant Gina, well done. Jane x

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  16. Just a thinmbleful...

    Knew you couldn't stay away!

    Brilliant stitched picture, I love the way you have done the furrows.

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  17. Well deserved say I...top work, I love the stitch work and look forward to seeing more in this vein! x:)

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  18. Fantastic - I love it, and you must be so please that your tutor approves. Always a relief! I love the final pic, too.

    Pomona x

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  19. She's right - it is brilliant. Congratulations and I'm so glad all your perseverance and hard work is paying off. I am excited too as quite often, for no apparent reason, I am unable to leave you a comment. However, on this auspicious occasion I can. I love your stitched landscape and can hear your trumpet from here!!

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  20. VERY excited and quite right too!! Well done you! It's inspired!

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  21. I feel like squeaking with excitement! Having seen the development of your drawing and the way you explored different ideas it made it even more satisfying to hear the fianl result.

    Thank you for sharing - it has been inspirational.

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  22. So pleased that you have 'cracked' it, and beautiful it is too.

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  23. Hurray hurray hurray! How wonderful - they're fabulous to look at. I've loved seeing their development from the initial idea.

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  24. they really really work - well done - no wonder you are excited and I am glad you blogged and showed us

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  25. That's great Gina and shows that all your hard work has paid off.x

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  26. That IS exciting Gina! And it's beautiful -- I love the final result!!!

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  27. There;s nothing better than a good bit of feedback is there?
    Congratulations

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  28. Good on you! What a clever tutor you have!

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  29. Gosh! that is so good, all that hard work has suddenly come good! x

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  30. Go Gina, go Gina. Wonderful!
    so pleased for you.

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  31. Yay! And it is utterly beautiful.

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  32. Well done, and well deserved positive feedback, the sketches and the stitch painting are brilliant. love the concept.

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  33. Gina, it's gorgeous! My tutor on the foundation degree told me that drawing was mark making and you can make marks with a pen or paint or a needle and thread. Needless to say I loved him!

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  34. Well done Gina - I think she must have been having an off day before but now she's come to her sense. Your work is wonderful x

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  35. Oh they are fabulous you must be justifiably proud of yourself the journey has proved successful yeh!!!

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  36. Marvellous work. You a justifiably excited and you should be proud too. Very well done!

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  37. Fantastic, not only have your feet taken a walk but clearly your thought processes and sewing machine have.It's wonderful to watch as you progress through your assignments.

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  38. Oh Gina that's brilliant! Although I'm not in the least bit surprised that your tutor was impressed!

    Sorry I'm so late commenting!

    Lucy xxx

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  39. That's fabulous, Gina. The pictures are great, but the feeling you get when it all comes together is SO good! No wonder you could wait to tell us all! Have a great weekend xxx

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  40. Of course I meant couldn't !

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  41. Great news Gina and very well deserved.
    Dot xx

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  42. This is a FANTASTIC work Gina! so clever! I bet the teacher wasn't expecting the stitching. No wonder she (?) was impressed! Brilliant. xx

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  43. A rather belated congratulations - lovely work!

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