Day 2086 St Maclou

Saint Maclou Église is looking close to done. Hurrah. Because I don’t feel like painting today. Sharing the pics of the process so far I darkened the sky in this one w a mix of cobalt and a dab of Vlads neutral tint.

Built in 1436 or should I say started, St Maclou is a late gothic style known as Flamboyant. It’s over the top in its frills. Gleaming in the sun it looks like a large wedding cake.

Before I darkened the sky to make St Maclou pop. I also added a red orange mix – cad red light and cad yellow light – to the church door to demand your attention. Aka focus your eye. Still needs a lot of work on the left building but thinking right buildings may be done. Adding the people. I used Cheap Joes Andrews Turquiose and cad red which are opaque colors to make the jackets stand out all of which I dry brushed on taking advantage of the opaque color. adding details and detail washes on buildings. detailing buildings Dumped my photo into waterlogue to see if it would have a clue or two on how to paint. Love the red building but it would detract from my focus the church. Have always thought this could make a great painting. Rouen Cathedral in waterlogue. A free ap that turns your photos into watercolors. Sometimes doing s great job sometimes NOT. The sketch which took forever. Drawing on rough paper is NOT easy. especially when you want alot of straight lines.

The sketch I did of St Maclou when I was in Rouen in the square sitting in front of the Église aka church in a drizzly rain like today eating a meringue from a nearby patisserie. Of course not all the people were there at the same time. I just added them as they walked by. Then finished drawing the background houses. the medieval house on the right is the one to the right of the church in my larger painting.

Another artist painted St Maclou back in the 1890s. He turned the square in front into a fairytale story book like setting.

Margaret hoping she gets busy soon. So many paintings to paint and then there’s the house that needs a good cleaning. xoxoxoxo

Day 1119 Its a Stunner

This trip around the world has been languishing on my long arm for

TWO Years. KING Sized!! And yes I am Still drawing and painting. All done at the inner Bean on top of sewing.

My friend Marie Atkinson finally finished it for me. And is it yummy or what. A spring garden.

Before that it languished in my hall closet in the UFO pile.

Thanks Marie.!!!

Love the grid quilting.

The back Hoffman Iris

She even sewed the binding on which I made when I pinned the quilt together at least 17 years ago. All fabrics picked out 20 yrs or so ago at the first Sewing Gallery for a class with sweet Susie.

In the meantime I have fallen into the quilt puddle getting baby quilts done.

A green 1930s yellow brick road for a certain sweet baby boy.

A fractured drunkards path for another sweet baby boy. One in my grandma hope chest for the next baby boy grandson.

A baby tumbling block!!

Next up are up ufos. Did I say I have several?! Let’s see a huge lone star and an African drunkards path a couple of appliqué tops long since finished and another one that just needs piecing. Hmm

Is that all?!

Day 321 – I meant to be 

 drawing more strips today. What did I do? Long arm quilted all day. For 7.5 hours. Good to have those done. I do free motion quilting which is mine drawing all over a quilt. All designs are drawn no markings.  One of my favorite people strips. Love all the action and different clothes.  


  These were drawn at the concert a few weeks ago. I drew tons of pages. The brush pen allows for a lot of quick drawing.  These people in the chairs were an experiment. Something different after filling up an accordion book. . Not sure how successful it was but fun to do. 

 
Here’s some of what I did today. 

   This king sized trip around the world quilt has been waiting for 15 years to be finished. Worst part of this was taking out the jillion safety pins. More to come. 

  It’s about 100×120 inches. All two inch squares. 

  Mostly made of Hoffman fabrics which is a Cadillac fabric. 

     
Friends granddaughters first quilt.  Her grambo  helped. 

 

A baby quilt for my nieces son. Only a year late. 😳 But he will be here home fromJakarta to nap under it in a week or so!!! Exciting!! I would post a whole pic of it but it’s upstairs and I am downstairs and TahrEd!! 

 
A wild storm rolling in from Georgia out my back deck. Now a deluge and lightening aka dogs NOT happy! 

Thanks for reading.  

Margaret XXX