Drawing A Picture of Irina The Cat Next To A Large Flower

I am working on the large flower with Irina the cat drawing.

 

Drawing a large picture of Irina the a
Drawing a large picture of Irina the cat next to a large flower.
Coloring in the sky above Irina the cat.
Coloring in the sky above Irina the cat.
Continuing to color in the sky.
Continuing to color in the sky.
Coloring in the impressionistic flower.
Coloring in the impressionistic flower.
Coloring In The Vase
I used a bronze colored pencil to shade over the cross-hatching on the vase, which gave this vessel more shape.

I am continuing to work on the colored pencil drawing, and will show an update of the completed illustration.

Coloring in the table where the vase and Irina are located.
Coloring in the table where the vase and Irina are located.

 

 

Cross Stitching A Heart Design On Plastic Canvas Mesh Is Time Consuming

Continuing To Work On The Cross Stitch Project

In the age of the computer and digital art people forget how time consuming, yet rewarding, things like drawing by hand and cross stitching can be. Here I am holding the cross stitched piece I designed, which I have been working on for a few weeks now. I have not started any new drawing projects because I hate abandoning my crafting projects in progress, but if I really wanted to get this done I could just sit in a chair and count the stitching as I go. Perhaps that would be the best way to finish this expeditiously, but I find that after a few continuous minutes of stitching my mind needs a break. I love the way that cross stitching looks, but this is not a project I can work at non-stop.

Cross Stitching The Heart Design

How To Be A Strong And Independent Cookie

I realized today that I do not consider myself a tough cookie, but I am a strong and independent cookie because I like sweet things, but I can also be determined in my own way.  I have been calling myself a strong cookie for years actually because I do quite a lot on my own, and never really give myself props for this. Earlier this week I realized very few people have ever has gone out of their way to encourage me or support me in my writing and the art the way I have done for others, so it is now is time to do more of my own cheer leading.

Today I am focusing on being my own strongest supporter and promoting my artwork and blogging. In the past I would comment on blogs where the writer usually would not respond, and realize my contribution was not valued there.  Oh well, no complaining, but it is time to move onward and upward.

As of the moment I have put off finishing my novel because I really just am not feeling the vibe for it, but maybe one day I will publish it.  I just realized editing has not been capturing my imagination, and no one ever jumped up and down saying they wanted to help me edit it. I know I could pay someone to do that, but I just do not feel like doing that at the moment.  I have decided to put this project on the back burner and just concentrate on my art and blogging.  I have a lot of art for sale, which you can purchase below on Zazzle.

The Cross Stitched Palm Tree: The Final Product

After a couple of months of working on my cross stitched palm tree on aida cloth, I am finally finished with this project. Here are the last few steps that resulted in the the final product, which is ready to be framed.

Cross Stitching On My Intials

Rather than cross stitch a signature on the aida cloth, I opted to stitch on my initials in the bottom left-hand corner. The initials were created with a lavender color of embroidery floss.

Cross Stitching Around The Initials

 

Next, I cross stitched in the blue sky around the lavender colored initials.

The Completed Cross Stitched Palm Tree

 

In this last photograph I have finished cross stitching in the palm tree on the aida cloth.   Now I just need to find a frame so I can hang it on the wall.

 

This video illustrates what the cross stitched palm tree looked like when I finished it.

Cross Stitching The Palm Tree Branches

Beginning to cross on the dark green portions of the palm branches.
Beginning to cross on the dark green portions of the palm branches.

Drawing a picture directly on the aida cloth was more interesting to me because I did not want to sit there and plot out a design on graph paper.

Continuing to cross stitch on the darker portions of the palm tree branches.
Continuing to cross stitch on the darker portions of the palm tree branches.

 

In the photo above I am continuing to cross stitch in the darker portions of the palm tree branches with green embroidery floss.

 

In the video above I show how I first cross stitched in the darker portions of the branches on the palm tree, and then how I went in to added the lighter portions.

Cross stitching on the light green portion of the branches.
Cross stitching on the light green portion of the branches.

The cross stitching of the branches begins to take shape as I add the lighter portions.

Here I have almost finished cross stitching in the branches, but there is still more work to do.
Here I have almost finished cross stitching in the branches, but there is still more work to do.
Here I have finished cross stitching on the branches of the palm tree.
Here I have finished cross stitching on the branches of the palm tree.
Here I am starting to cross stitch in the darker portions of the palm tree trunk with an outline stitch.
Here I am starting to cross stitch in the darker portions of the palm tree trunk with an outline stitch.

Drawing The Palm Tree Outline On Aida Cloth

Palm Tree Cross Stich Design

Palm Tree Cross Stitch Design

Palm Tree Cross Stitch Outline

Palm Tree Cross Stitch Outline

I used a photograph I took of a palm tree as inspiration for the outline sketch I created on the aida cloth.  I could have graphed out the sketch, but I thought it would be more spontaneous to just directly draw it on the mesh with a pen.  In the past I have drawn the outline for a painting directly on the canvas, so it does not seem that much different to draw directly on the aida cloth.