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Knot Experiments and Sci-Fi Flora

I tried some knots on paper for my magpie project.


Then I tried with Krita:


It looks okay close-up but the detail disappears when the magpie is smaller.

And this last photo might seem a bit random but I told Colleen that I would post a photo of my latest plant purchase.  I thought it looked like it belonged in an episode of Star Trek.  What do you think?




Modern Magpie

I haven’t been visiting blogland very much lately.  And I haven’t done much in the way of art or craft for a few months because my energy and focus have been diverted elsewhere.  However, a new project recently presented itself to me.  The first step was to produce a digital version of my magpie design, which I did using the free software Krita:

Now I need to somehow incorporate knotwork into the design.  It’s going to be tricky.

I look forward to catching up with you all soon.

My Birds Aren’t Good Enough

I was hoping to hide this news in a post about origami or something but I haven’t got anything new to show you.  Anyway, I found out a few days ago that my Magpie picture didn’t make it into the Mayo Artist’s Show.  My only other submission to be rejected (see below) also featured birds.

Lir_s children closer

I still like it though.  It’s called Lir’s Children.  I’ve started doing a digital version using Manga Studio.  Don’t hold your breath though.  I’m making very slow progress.

I’m Done With Magpies

Since you last saw them, the magpie and wyrms have been causing trouble.  Now that the dust has settled I think it was the frame that started it.  When I put the original design in the frame it just didn’t look right at all.  Maybe I should have bought a different frame but instead I tried a different background.  And another.  It’s been driving me crazy.  I got so tired of it today that I just gave up and glued it.  I can’t change it now.  My daughter said it looked alright so I’ll just have to trust her.  Most times when I work on something I go past the point where I can see it objectively any more.  All I see are the details and not the overall effect.  I suppose that’s why I ask for feedback here*.  Do you experience this problem, dear reader?

framed*Thanks for all the feedback so far, by the way.  It has been much appreciated.

Magpie Evolution

I’ve been working on the bird that will stalk the wyrms.  Here is the evolution of the magpie:

originalbirdmag1 mag2 mag3

The first design is based on the birds found on the Sutton Hoo purse.

And coloured: