From Painted Knitted Metal

Coloring page digital downloads

Prepping the coloring pages for the first nanoscapes coloring book is taking more time than I thought. (Really? Isn’t this like home repair? Everything takes twice as long…)  I’m so excited about each coloring page and some of them are available as ETSY dollar digital downloads. Each is a 300 dpi image. Please print onto card stock or other heavy paper that you’d like to color or paint on.

Each coloring page is based on an original nanoscape, one of the the abstract paintings that have been part of my life since 2006. It has been wonderful fun to revisit each design, to create a coloring page, and to begin to paint each one. My original goal was to make a completed painted work for each page, but I realized that would create an unhelpful and annoying delay in the publication date.  Here are a few of the ETSY pages which are $1.00 digital downloads. You’ll find a growing number  here at ETSY.

Painted Knitted Metal Coloring Page

There are two original Painted Knitted Metal paintings. They honor my friends Carolyn Halliday and Karen Searle, who knit and crochet with metal. I have known a lot of metal in my time, and none of it has ever said “Knit me.” Their work is exquisite, exciting, and in the dictionary next to the word “unique.” Think about coloring inside each corner, inside each shape, or between each shape. You are the boss of your coloring page. Click here for the ETSY digital download.

Painted Knitted Metal Coloring Page
Painted Knitted Metal  Coloring Page

Stacked Boxes or Neighborhoods Coloring Page

This is based on a life-long doodle that became many paintings. They were a vehicle for exploring and celebrating color when I first began working in watercolor. My friend and mentor, Russ Dittmar, told me that the way to get bright colors from watercolor was “lots of pigment, not a lot of water,” and those paintings reflect that motto. People have speculated that these images are cities, neighborhoods, stacked boxes, and other things. I always start each painting or coloring page with the only complete square (here on the left), and go from there. Have fun! Click here for the ETSY download.

Stacked Boxes or Neighborhoods Coloring Page
Stacked Boxes or Neighborhoods Coloring Page

 

Really Tiny Dots Coloring Page

The earliest nanoscapes were explorations of tiny patterns inside tiny spaces, most often circles or vaguely circular shapes. I made an image of all dots — lots of them — and Russ Dittmar printed 12 blanks for me. I painted them all in different color combinations, and wish that I had a decent photo of the time that they were hung together in a library. It was early in my art life, and I knew less than nothing about photographing art. Download here from ETSY.  Enjoy!!

Tiny Dots Coloring Page
Tiny Dots Coloring Page

Painted Knitted Metal: work-in-progress & a bad recipe

 

In between having the Virus-That-Sapped-My-Energy and jeopardized my culinary judgement (more below), I have been working very slowly on another Knitted Metal painting.

I’m now contemplating painting inside most or all of the lines to make the image more-or-less solid. Painted Knitted Metal #4 is larger than the first three, but not so large as to completely fill a  9×12 sheet of watercolor paper.

Knitted Metal 4 Work-in-progress
Knitted Metal 4 Work-in-progress

Impaired culinary judgement

I have previously discussed the culinary-judgement-impairing qualities of Morphine and Oxycodone in a susan-cooks blog post called Kitchen Catastrophes: Cooking Under the Influence. After rotator cuff surgery, I had some terrible ideas about cooking which should not ever be replicated.

My favorite line from the piece is “Morphine Makes You Stupid.”

Who knew that the Virus-From-Hell could have the same power? Listen up. It is never going to be a good idea to mix even the best quality potato flakes into a can of petite diced tomatoes to which you have added all of the usual suspects: pepper, salt, basil, cayenne, Sriracha, and tiny chunks of pepper jack cheese. Once you realize that this combination is an error, do not be tempted to spread the potato-tomato mixture onto a sheet pan and bake it. No amount of baking will fix it.

When felled by a wicked virus, the best use of Food Acquisition Energy is to ask dear friends to bring you whatever your definition of “the good stuff” may be, or call for delivery.

 

Painted Knitted Metal: works-in-progress

 Step 1: When working out a new design, start small.

Taking a break from painting creatures, I have returned to  nanoscapes (tiny geometric abstracts).  For the last week or so, I’ve been making paintings that mimic painted knitted metal. Inspired by the supremely talented Carolyn Halliday and Karen Searle whose manipulation of non-traditional materials for textiles is always exciting, challenging, and beautiful, I’ve begun to see connections between and among tiny lines and spaces. In these painted knitted metal designs, I’ve found a space for a new pattern that links all of us together.

Each of these paintings is smaller than 8×8 inches. After one finished work and two works-in-progress, I am moving closer to starting a large (22×33) piece.

Step 2.  Think about all of the spaces.

What about the tiny spaces to be painted? Should there be white spaces inside and around the piece. Should the design cover the paper? What about color? My first instinct is always LOTS of colors, but what about all blue or all green or other color families?

Step 3. Get out the Double-Zero Brush and go!

Knitted Metal
Knitted Metal One
Painted Metal 3 Works -in-progress
Painted Metal 3 Works -in-progress
Painted Knitted Metal 2 Works -in-progress
Painted Knitted Metal 2 Works -in-progress

Painted Knitted Metal: inspired by my pals

 

Knitted Metal?

Although I’ve had a sample on my shelf for decades, in my mind, knitting with metal wire exists somewhere between magic and impossible. Look at this. Made by hand in a no-longer-known land from far away.

Magic Egg from far far away
Magic Egg from far away

 

How lucky am I to know two very talented women who knit with metal? I met Carolyn Halliday and Karen Searle through WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) before my two-year stint as a protegée in the 2013-2014 Mentor-Protegee cycle. They knit and crochet with metal and other materials in breathtaking, beautiful, thought-provoking, and sometimes challenging ways. Here are some tiny samples. Make haste to check out their websites.

 

 

Painted Knitted Metal

I wanted to take a tiny two-step away from the creatures I’ve painted for the past few months, and I’ve worked on this piece for a couple of days. The design jumped out of my pencil. It is called Knitted Metal #1, and it is connected in spirit to both Friendship (Complicated. Messy. Beautiful if You’re Lucky) and Conversations Connections. While painting each of the tiny spaces at the intersections, I realized that I was mimicking knitted metal. Thank you Carolyn and Karen, and to the knitter of my Tiny Magic Egg for the inspiration.

 

Painted Knitted Metal
Painted Knitted Metal
Round Friendship Bands 2015-21
Round Friendship Bands 2015-21
Conversations Connections
Conversations Connections