Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Sketch - Eggplants

Last week Debbie Langsam and I were at dinner with our husbands where these little orange eggplants were one of the vegetables served with lamb pops. Thanks to the chef, I was able to take a small group home with me to make this little sketch. And yes they are really orange, with a few greenish stripes.  Anyone ever seen these before?


Monday, August 20, 2012

A cat portrait

“Friso” (2012) by Susan Brubaker Knapp

“Friso,” a portrait  of my friend Lya’s cat, is done! This is a 10-3/4" x 13-1/4" wholecloth painted piece that is heavily thread sketched. You can read about the painting process in this blog post and this one. The thread really gives him texture and you can almost feel the fur looking at it.

“Friso” detail (2012) by Susan Brubaker Knapp
When I was thread sketching him, the piece started to go a bit wonky on me, because I was doing so much heavy thread work on the fur. When I teach, I often get questions about how much wonkyness to expect. With my technique, I don't put my work in a hoop. I rely on a fairly stiff but lightweight interfacing underneath the painted surface to keep it from drawing up and puckering. Even then, I still get some wave in the piece. Usually when I distribute the threadwork evenly over the surface, it helps reduce this. I thought I’d show you how much this piece was waving early on in the process:

Of course, my cat Wicked had to  take a closer look. With her black and white markings, she looks a lot like Friso, but has half a mustache and half a goatee.

“Friso” is already on its way to Lya in the Netherlands.