Thursday, April 21, 2011

Having a Wonderful Time in my Studio

Day Seven: I started working on this piece of my grandson, Connor seven days ago. I have been doing nothing but eating, sleeping, and working in my studio. Yes, I'm loving it.

When I see these two photos together I see some things I need to do, especially to the eyes.

I'm going to post a photo of what I accomplished at the end of each day.

Day one: I felt that I got off to a good start.

Day two: Got the rest of the face done today, with a little yet to do around the eyes. Started on the yellow part of the pineapple but hit such a wall that I decided to move on to something else.

Day three: You wouldn't believe it took me all day to do this would you?

Day Four: It's starting to go together.

Day five: Not an easy task to build a hand. I know it doesn't look like much here but the missing parts will be covered up. Again a whole day's work.

Day six: Had to search for fabric today to make Connor's shirt. For the background behind his head and for the table under the pineapple. I had a fabulous piece of navy blue fabric with lights and darks to make the folds and highlights hand dyed by Vicki Welsh. I found two pieces that I thought would work for the background and decided on this commercial green/gold. The table fabric is also a hand dyed piece.

Day Seven: Worked on the fruit of the pineapple today, added the bits and pieces to make the area around where the leaves stop and the fruit starts. Put everything together and it's almost done. I have a bit more to do around Connor's eyes and a little adjusting in getting everything to fit and the top will be finished.

This is the most intense I have worked on a piece in a long time. It usually takes me months to get this far. You might say I'm obsessed. I quit about 5:30 today so I could make dinner. After I went upstairs I called back to my husband and asked him to go in my studio and "if you can find it, please bring my camera up". When I got ready to download my photos this showed up. Funny husband!

Guess what I'm doing tomorrow?


  1. This is a great piece Marilyn, I can just see the sparkle in his eyes!

  2. Marilyn this is truely a work of love. I know all about a 'day to do just this . . .'. Yes, it takes a lot of time. I think this is wonderful. The quilting will blend it and make it shine.

    I am always amazed at how long it takes to do some 'simple' part. Nothing is simple in fiber art. It is not like painting when you can just paint it over.

  3. This is very good Marilyn... I know what you mean about the eyes.. that little splash across of white to add sparkle? What a dedication you have! Can't wait to see it done, quilting will certainly add to the dimensions as well.

  4. This is really beautiful! Eyes might actually need a lift to the eyebrows to capture his little rascal look.

  5. Very beautiful piece! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Thanks for the kind comments. As I said I'm having a ball.

  7. It looks fantastic - how big it is? If you can handle a critique comment - I feel the teeth are a little too white for an area with that much shadow - it makes them come forward more than the eyes. Cut a tiny square out of a piece of pure white paper or card and hold the little hole over that part of the photo to see the colour they are in your photo and that will help to settle them down a bit. Otherwise - marvelous and full of character.

  8. You piece is amazing Marilyn,

    I think once you add some eyelashes and eyebrow probably with your machine quilting you will get the pop around the eyes that you are seeking.

    It will also add the sparkle to they eyes if you get the right varigated thread.

    Look forward to seeing the finished piece. I'm amazed what you did in 7 days.

  9. As always, your work is great..This will be good for Connor to look back on as an adult..You have such talent!