So once I start ironing a quilt together, I’m finally seeing the images in color that were in my head, seeing them for real…and it’s very hard to stop ironing. Like to eat or sleep. This weekend was such a clusterfuck of work work work and running around getting stuff done that I was going a little bonkers with no art. So I SHOULD have finished grades last night, but I didn’t…and I may regret that later, but I will deal. And the girlchild goes back to school today, so that’s sad. But I needed some art before my brain exploded, so that’s what I did last night. Put the school computer away, cleaned all the dishes, and walked into the studio. Where the fabric is.
And I started ironing this monster together…five overlapping heads (only one has a whole body…most just have arms and maybe part of a torso).
Tiny little hands that will show up when I do the outlining. I picked a different run of flesh for each figure.
She’s one of my favorites…
Her body is in two parts, bisected by the arm of one of the other figures.
Putting the face together…
I did try to keep them simple…well. You know. I’m not good at that.
There she is!
One figure done…except I forgot she had stuff on her shoulder…
Like you do…so that’s Figure 1 done.
Here’s the whole setup…you can see how big the drawing is…
It’s draped over the ironing board and I put the teflon sheet (or sheets, depending on how big what I’m ironing is) on top.
It was late, but the thing is, when I’m on a roll, it’s hard to stop. If I didn’t listen to the adult brain in my head arguing with art brain, I’d iron ’til the cows come home. And I don’t have cows, so that would be a really long time. As it was, I went to bed way too late and I will pay for it today. Ugh. But I was feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, and art helps with that. So here is the start of Figure 2…also bisected, perhaps trisected…so this is the bottom part of the torso.
I ironed the first 300 pieces and a bit. Not bad for the first night. I’ll see what I can get done with grades today during prep…maybe I won’t have to work on school all night. I will have to go to the airport. The thing about the girlchild leaving is that she probably won’t ever get to come home for that long again (it was only 3 weeks, despite her claim it was 4, and she was gone for 6 days of it on a road trip)…and right now, it’s unlikely that she’ll move back here. So there’s that. Trust me, I understand needing to live away from your parents…but I still miss her when she’s gone. Normal mom stuff.
Other random things. This bee rode the windshield of my car almost all the way to the grocery store…
I don’t know if that was its plan, but it’s what happened.
This is perhaps the only documentation I have EVER of my dad attempting an artistic endeavor.
My parents were in Portugal on a tour and painted tiles. My mom did one too, but she does art stuff all the time. Dad does not. So there it is…a Bob original.
I was on this couch by myself. And then this happened…
So I went back to ironing.
This morning’s sunset…the rain starts this afternoon and doesn’t stop until Thursday night sometime.
So I was thankful for this. Sheesh. I lied. My weather app says the rain is starting in 15 minutes. Sigh. I guess I should be glad I saw that this morning at all. Got up early! For this. That’s OK then. Now I need to go find my rain gear.
*Portugal, the Man, Live in the Moment