I am not ready to think about winter yet, that’s for sure! Only fantasy winter.
In my not-art life, I am enjoying our first fall weather. The dahlias are thriving, the sedum are blooming and covered in bees, and the asters are starting to show some color. I hope everyone is safe from any hurricane weather.
By pure happenstance, this dahlia (which was simply labeled pink) is matching the hydrangea that I planted it next to!
I am stocking up on owls- I want to have a good assortment for the Smithsonian Show which is in less than 1 month. Yikes!
First, Snowy Owls.
Sometimes a piece goes smoothly, sometimes it doesn’t. I posted this pic last week on all my social medias.
Owl on the desk, looking great! Later I went to take photos.
Maybe it isn’t completely obvious because really, I had to check and double check to confirm what I was seeing. I didn’t want to believe what I was seeing. The black felt around the eyes had bled when I spritzed to get rid of any fabric marker marks and the owl now had blue eye shadow. That was not part of the design. And What? My wool felt had bled? So…
I took out the stitches, took off the eyes and the face. I tested my felt. Yes, one piece bled when I got it wet. I have no idea where that particular felt came from versus the second piece I tested that didn’t (phew!) bleed.
New eyes, new face, sewed back on. Photos taken to be posted next day.
Something wasn’t right. I kept thinking about it after I went to bed. In the morning, the owl returned to my studio for the third time.
And finally! Done! And more photos!
Sometimes these babies take a little longer to hatch.
I used a lot of different whites- the eye piece is alpaca, the wings are a cabled angora/wool blend, the body is a plain angora/wool blend. Lots of softness on this owl!
He is sitting in my pot of oxalis.
This has been in the back of my mind for a while now-
and, *ahem*, this guy is #100 in my flickr set for 2010!