I've actually made two more cross stitch towels in addition to the pigs and the pears (sounds like a band name, doesn't it--The Pigs and the Pears). This first one I gifted to my friend Elaine for Easter, hoping that she would like it. And she did! I thought it looked nice and spring-y--appropriate for Easter.
This second one (sorry for the crummy picture) I made just because I liked the design. I'm not sure whether or not I'm going to keep it for myself or put it in my "giftables" box.
Now I'm working on a border for a towel that I designed myself. Here's my progress so far.
Further updates as they become available...
I bought the book Brave Intuitive Painting a couple of weeks ago, and I've been exploring some of the ideas in it and working on a couple of canvases. (Flora Bowley is also one of the guest instructors in the year-long mixed media course I am participating in, Wanderlust.) I bought both of these at a local thrift store and gesso-ed over what was originally there.
So far, this has been an interesting journey and evolution. I just keep adding layers and colors and marks, trying to go with the flow. Sometimes I feel like it's just really ugly crap that I'm painting, and sometimes I feel like it's starting to come together a bit. But really, I don't think either one has really gelled yet. Flora says to trust the process and just keep adding layers, so that's what I'm doing!
I may set these two aside for a bit and start on two more canvases.
This one is actually the cover of an art journal that I made, following the instructions from another of the Wanderlust instructors. I think I like this one the best, and I think it's about done. Anyway, I'm going to quit fiddling with it for awhile.
Constructive criticism is always welcome!