A Sewing Nook

A few weeks ago, one of the Tuesday night painters set up a still life with an old sewing machine, a skirt hanging in the window, and other sewing items. I liked how the scene evoked memories of sewing rooms from my youth. Without planning, I began to paint rapidly, expecting to capture the nostalgia I felt.

Two hours later, when it was time to quit, I was dissatisfied with the sketch. The composition was awkward. The blind was only on the right side, leaving a large blank space. The skirt extended below the base of the sewing machine and seemed as though it might be a curtain.

I kept fiddling with the painting over the next two weeks. I shortened the skirt, extended the blinds, and added small details. Unfortunately, the color below the skirt is now overworked, but even so, I like it better.

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11 Responses to A Sewing Nook

  1. Deb says:

    I disagree that the color is overworked because the end result is a great painting!

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  2. Deb says:

    Enter this in a show, it’s great!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sonja says:

    Out right joy! Iconic in my day, whimsically captured, Kudos!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. She says:

    I absolutely ADORE this piece for a multitude of reasons both artistically and nostalgically❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  5. AAN GEE says:

    This is so wonderful! On Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 10:57 AM, Deliberate Sketching wrote:

    > Sarah Sullivan posted: ” A few weeks ago, one of the Tuesday night > painters set up a still life with an old sewing machine, a skirt hanging in > the window, and other sewing items. I liked how the scene evoked memories > of sewing rooms from my youth. Without planning, I began t” >

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  6. I like it. It’s a different color scheme and you’ve avoided sentimentalizing the subject. I’ve got decades of sewing behind me but with more modern machines, this reminds me of the Necchi machine my mother had from the 1950’s.

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