Goldenrod

Wildflowers and natural dyeing are closely connected. This year’s blooming goldenrod provide the dye material for dyeing my wool yellow for the coming year. Goldenrod provides a beautiful vibrant yellow, and is also a wonderful base coat for dyeing greens in combination with natural indigo. Working with natural materials means each item you create has […]

via Goldenrod in Bloom — Handmade in Canada

Opus Daily Practice – the rest of Opus – days 16 to 28

This post is “the rest of Opus Daily Practice”. A bit of traveling managed to happen at the end of this project which meant I was able to post to Instagram, but my cell phone data plan was unhappy with the usage needed for blogging. Below are the rest of the pieces created for the 28 days of Opus Daily Practice.

Day 16

photography - red deer, alberta

Urban photography in Red Deer, Alberta

 

Day 17

sketching ideas

sketching ideas

 

Day 18

watercolor of the Salish Sea painted from a BC Ferry

watercolor of the Salish Sea painted from a BC Ferry

 

watercolors painted from the ferry

watercolors painted from the ferry

 

hand knit west coast inspired hat

hand knit west coast inspired hat

 

Day 19

ink drawing

ink drawing

 

Day 20

en plein air watercolor of Peter Cove South on Pender Island, BC

en plein air watercolor of Peter Cove South on Pender Island, BC

 

Day 21

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en plein air watercolor of Peter Cove South on Pender Island, BC

 

knitting an earflap toque with naturally dyed wool

knitting an earflap toque with naturally dyed wool

 

Day 22

acrylic on panel (photographed in very poor lighting conditions)

acrylic on panel (photographed in very poor lighting conditions)

 

Day 23

en plein air drawing at Craddock Drive on Pender Island, BC, Canada

en plein air drawing at Craddock Drive on Pender Island, BC, Canada

 

Day 24

en plein air drawing at Roesland, Pender Island, BC, Canada

en plein air drawing at Roesland, Pender Island, BC, Canada

west coast inspired fingerless mitts

west coast inspired fingerless mitts

 

Day 25

en plein air sketch at the ferry terminal on Pender Island

en plein air sketch at the ferry terminal on Pender Island

 

Day 26

knit mini bag in progress at the top of the Rogers Pass

knit mini bag in progress at the top of the Rogers Pass

an ink drawing of Mount Rundle in progress

an ink drawing of Mount Rundle in progress

 

Day 27

a painting of Kootenay National Park (acrylic on panel)

a painting of Kootenay National Park (acrylic on panel)

 

Day 28

a painting depicting kayaking on the Salish Sea (acrylic on canvas)

a painting depicting kayaking on the Salish Sea (acrylic on canvas)

 

The daily practice challenge was just that, a challenge. It made you create even when life was busy. It is a good way to build skills and work through creative block.

art, photography and handmade by Debra Hunter

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Opus Daily Practice – Days 12, 13, 14 and 15

I’m a little bit behind on blogging about my Opus Daily Practice, so I thought I would do one multi day post instead.

Day 12 – The theme was forest. I managed to finish off a painting based on a forest area in Kootenay National Park.

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I also worked away on a naturally dyed ear flap hat.

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Day 13 – was a “work in progress” day, knowing that I still needed to complete more drawings before Friday

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Day 14 – involved finishing up 3 miniature drawings

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plus work on another Cowichan inspired hat.

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Day 15 – involved another side of an artistic practice which included documenting all the drawings and the start of matting and framing each piece so that they will be ready to go to the gallery on Pender Island.

"Canada Flag #1"

We are more than half way through Opus Daily Practice. It has been fun consciously working each day, plus watching others post their work on Instagram and Twitter.

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Art and handmade by Debra Hunter.

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Opus Daily Practice – day 10

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Opus Daily Practice day 10. The theme was “folk”.  “Folk” isn’t far from a lot of the work I create. Today’s work is an “in progress” 2″x3.5″ ink drawing, and an ear flap style toque knit of naturally dyed wool. Lots of items “in progress” due to the Opus Daily Practice project, soon I will need to take a day or two to actually get some pieces finished.

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Opus Daily Practice 2017 – Day 4

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Opus Daily Practice day 4. The prompt today was “melting”, which made me think of how the colors of a sunset melt together. The above drawing is still in progress, but it is a start. Speaking of “in progress”, The mini bag is progressing with a strap and toggles being the last two steps before it is finished.

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Opus Daily Practice 2017 – Day 1

Opus Daily Practice 2017 - day 1

Opus Art Supplies do a really cool thing for the month of February, they run a feature called Opus Daily Practice in which they encourage people to engage daily in a creative pursuit. 28 days of working on your daily practice to refine and engage consistently with your art.

Last year I found out about  Opus Daily Practice ( #opusdailypractice ) too late to take part, but this year I have decided to give it a try. The year before last I set out a drawing project for myself, which was a still life drawing a day , each day, for 6 months, so I should be able to do 28 consecutive days as long as life goes to plan.

I am going to extend my goal to all my pursuits, painting, drawing, photography and fibre art (including knitting) as I feel “craft” is as creative as “art”.

Today’s daily practice includes a drawing in progress and some maple leaf socks. The drawing is 5″x7″, pen and ink. It will take several days to finish so it will likely be a reoccurring feature over the next 28 days. The socks are near completion, maybe one day left; I’ll share them once they are finished as they are quite an original pair.

If you are interested in Opus Daily Practice you can check out the Opus Art Supplies website and also follow people participating in the concept on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching the hashtag #opusdailypractice .

Art and knitting by Debra Hunter ,  Handmade in Canada

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