Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I am really enjoying finishing off one of these each morning. The simple hand stitching is forcing me to think about line and color, and I love the interest that the stitching adds.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Dilemma --- Do You Have An Opinion?
This is a 20" square canvas that I have been painting and collaging on for some time now. I finally feel like the design is done on it. Now comes the dilemma. Should I leave it as is in these neutral tones or should I add some color?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I know I've been missing in action on this blog for over a week, but it's all been for a good reason. One week ago I left for St. Louis to take a paper & cloth collage workshop with Fran Skiles. It was one of the best workshops I have ever taken, and the techniques I learned will solve some dilemmas that I have had with my recent studio work. Below are some samples of the work I did in the workshop.
photo taken in a local warehouse, more of the text, gesso, acrylic paint & ink
same photo taken in a local warehouse, more of the text plus some alphabet text, stitching with perle cotton, gesso, acrylic paint & ink
same photo taken in a local warehouse, more of the alphabet text, stitching with perle cotton, gesso, acrylic paint & ink, additional layer of canvas
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
West Bottoms Watercolor
A while back, Mary Buek posted some photographs on her blog that she took at West Bottoms in Kansas City. I was really taken with one of the photographs and decided to render a portion of it in watercolor. Now I am anxious to go to West Bottoms (with Mary) and take my own photographs for inspiration.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
It's The Little Things
Although I don't usually play along with online blog tags, yesterday I read one that listed things (not people) that pleased her. It made me stop and think about my list, and I decided to share it with you today.
Here are some of the things that I enjoy and appreciate, in no particular order:
1. small surprises, like dragonflies and postcards from friends
2. the sound of ocean waves, especially when coupled with a seagull's cry and the feel of sand between my toes
3. sunrise and sunset walks
4. puppy kisses
5. a strong cup of coffee in the morning and a smooth glass of merlot in the evening
6. old fashioned values --- peace and harmony, honesty and loyalty, integrity and trust
7. jazz music
8. the freedom to create art all day every day
9. a soft, gentle rain
What's on your list of things that make you happy?
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Carrot Top Yarns
Here are the results from my dye bath of carrot tops. The top skein is a 50/50 wool/silk blend, and the bottom skein is 100% Icelandic wool (it's not really felted even though it looks like that in this photo). I'm thrilled with the color! Thank goodness there are tons of carrots left in the garden, so I will have plenty of tops for more dyeing.
And speaking of the garden --- this is what my kitchen counter looks like almost every day now. I have canned and frozen tomatoes; I have made bruschetta, tomato juice, and salsa; I have eaten them sliced as a side dish, chunked on salads, and sliced on sandwichs; and yet they are still ripening faster and faster. Thank goodness for Freecycle, where I have given away bags of tomatoes to elderly people on fixed incomes with no gardens. They are loving the fresh tomatoes, and we are glad that the fruit isn't being wasted.