Thursday, March 6, 2014
So much for posting consistently. The Great Blue Heron is finished. I have been busy experimenting with some Nuno Felting, which is a new project for me. I may add some to art quilts and I am definitely adding some to clothing. What has everyone else been doing?
Saturday, January 4, 2014
It's a chilly, rainy day in South Florida. We are better off than most people in more northern states, but no warmth and sunshine here today. Aren't you glad that you are a creative person? I still have that same heron on my machine and I am painting a Naples, Florida street scene on my easel. I am also weaving cloth on my loom. A little of this, a little of that, makes a rainy Saturday bearable. I know there are others out there doing similar things.
Friday, December 20, 2013
I haven't gotten too far on my latest project, this week. I did whip up a quick wine carrier and a hot dish for a holiday party. Back pain has influenced my activities this week, so I need to get in gear. It may be low gear for a few days. Turning off my machine now and getting into the pool for some water therapy. Happy holidays to all!
Friday, December 13, 2013
I had just started sketching a Great Blue Heron onto hand dyed cloth, when I suddenly had to switch gears and create a new seahorse design. Now that my seahorse has been turned in to the Seahorse Dream committe, it' time to return to painted cloth. This has been on my easel, so I have taken some swipes at it as I mixed paint this past week. My next step is to trapunto the bird. I don't intend to complicate this one. I think he is just going to stand in shallow areas of water. I'll do that by applying sheers around his feet after the trapunto is done. Here is is so far. Time to get to work!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Two weeks ago, I had a blank seahorse. I now have the finished product. Meet Seminole Star, my seahorse representing the Florida Seminole Indians. I have tried to represent traditional dress, the animals and birds in their environment, symbols such as sun, moon and stars, clouds, smoke and fire, baskets, fish, bear turkey, blue heron , flying egrets, turtle, nesting and flying eagle, water, sand and seashells. I also had to duplicate it in miniature!. It was a challenge, but it is ready to go for it's layers of clearcoat. This is my first community art project!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
There is a new project on my agenda this week. I am an approved artist for A Seahorse Dream project. Last spring they invited local artists to submit proposals to decorate a 5 ft tall seahorse, to benefit The Gollisano Children's Hospital. I sent in a proposal, was approved and have been waiting for a sponsor. I now haven a sponsor and a seahorse but I am changing my original design to fit the theme of my sponsor. My head is filled with ideas. I picked up the seahorse yesterday and started pairing last night! Wish me luck! He resides in my bedroom, so no chance to work all night, although my husband is used to putting his pillow over his head to block out my all night art sessions!
Friday, November 15, 2013
I started painting this soy milk painting on muslin about six months ago. I had taken a soy milk painting workshop and had paint left over that had to be used up or thrown out. I had one of my folders of photos that I had taken with me, so while other people in the class were sewing, I was really still in the mood to paint. I sketched from my photo and painted. It sat around for a while because I was busy with other projects, but this week I decided to get it out of the way and finish it. I love to use synthetic fabrics as I go along because I like shiny water and my frothy areas are white tulle. I wad it up and then sew it down as I go, when I am doing the quilting. I hope I achieved the tumbling water effect? What do you think? This is a scene from NH , close to where I used to live.