Sunday, 20 December 2009

Just a little something

I'm not going to mention the "S" word. You know, that white stuff that falls from the sky and makes everywhere look pretty and Britain come to a standstill. I love it, but we didn't have enough of it for my liking, so I'm sulking and I'm not going to mention it.

I am feeling much better now. Thank you for all your well wishes. I'm still not 100%, but much better than I was.

While I was ill I was sooo impatient to get my clay out, but I just didn't feel well enough. Yesterday I got my clay out for the first time and thought I would start with some simple pieces that were not too time consuming or physically demanding. So I made a couple of slabs to try out my Marianne design. What do you think?

The top one is slip inlaying. I carved out the image, then painted the slip on top and then scraped it off to reveal the image "inlaid" underneath. The second one is regular sgrafitto. I'm not that good at drawing though (the original drawing took me ages and I used the eraser quite a lot!) so I traced my original drawing, laid the paper on top of the clay, and drew over it to leave an imprint and used that as my guide. They're both slightly different though because I only traced the outline of the girl. Which one do you prefer?


JafaBrit's Art said...

I like the bottom one and while you say you don't draw well,it lends itself well to creating a work that is charming and unpretentious. I really like it.

Glad to hear you are feeling better.

cynthia said...

Lovely tiles - drawing well is subjective....

Merry Christmas!

Undaunted said...

Ah, thank you Jafabrit :) Scott really likes the top one, but I'm undecided. Are you better now too?

Hello Cynthia!! Long time no see! I hope you and your family are keeping well. Thank you I'm glad you like them! Hope you have a great time with your loved ones over the holiday.

JafaBrit's Art said...

Feeling better, although even after a week walking and swimming in puerto rico I still don't my usual stamina back, and the asthma cough is still bad. But hey, I feel BETTER, yea!!!!! ANd I could walk for 5 hours off and on in old san juan, so me thinks I am doing okay.

I agree with cynthia, drawing well is subjective.

Undaunted said...

Wow, it sound like you had a great time! You certainly didn't let that cough stop you! I'm glad you're feeling better. Do you think you might have developed asthma now? My MIL developed it in her 50's, and my auntie developed it as an adult too. Mind you, so did I, in my 20's, but then a few years later it was gone. Let's hope it's temporary for you too.

With drawing, I'm not too bad if I can copy something, but I struggle to draw from imagination. I tried carving the image straight onto the clay, but the problem is you can't erase your mistakes!!

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