Thursday, June 18, 2009

Progress on some fronts

I have made a little progress on my monoprint piece. We have had rain over the past days but there is  a break in the weather today so lawn mowing is in order. It's a good time to meditate. Just you, the mower and 2 acres of grass. Thinking time.
I think I have figured out enough Dreamweaver to start playing with my website. I have it laid out in InDesign, so the designing is done, the writing is done. I need to photoshop a bunch of photos so I can start placing the correct images. I need to take the outlined images and make them lo res. I never seem to do anything square so outlining is needed to make them look clean. Fortunately color correcting and outlining were 2 essential things I did in my previous job. I can also photoshop your wrinkles and fix your hair! Or add mustaches and blacken your teeth. Don't mess with me! 

Sunday, June 14, 2009

More Monoprint

To the left is the monoprint I made with Lumiere paints on black cotton duck.
I have started to bead it with what I call bead soup. Just a bunch of beads in the colors I want thrown in a plastic plate and applied randomly. I am also adding gold embroidery thread in a random pattern with bead spacers and large aluminum jump rings.
I find hand work calming after a stressful day. Not that I was stressed that much today. But I am realizing that a job search needs to be started in July, and I don't think here is much out there right now. That's not a pleasant thought.
But next week I will have 7 whole days to work on art at QSDS. I have four projects and the monoprint to take down so I can pick and choose what to work on. Hopefully besides artwork, I will get more insight into what is good and bad about my work and areas to improve. Sometimes I have so many ideas its hard to pick what will be the best. Usually I go with what appeals the most to me.  But I am not sure I have the greatest ideas. I think my work is not cerebral, it's more emotional. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I look at some of the great cerebral work out there and sigh deeply .
And I had a talk with a friend tonight about a great plan to unite all the regional fiber groups in a website and eventually to have a gallery, work and classroom site in one local building to promote fiber. It's a big, grand, wonderful idea, hopefully I can get in on the ground floor of this. Any Northern Ohio fiber artists we are going to enlist you to start providing us info on your events for starters so we have one site to link up events. We need to start promoting the local fiber events!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Getting Ready

Between yard work I have been gathering fabric and ideas for my master class with Elizabeth Busch at QSDS.  I made a small piece for the auction that is really a sample for the new direction I want to head. 
I made a sample with an image I have been playing with and it hung on the design wall for months. I finally finished the piecing but by then I have lost the desire to quilt it. Of course it will probably get quilted "someday."
In the meantime here is my auction piece. 12" x 12". I printed the head in 2 8.5 x 11 pieces and then pieced them together and placed them on top of the pieced background and then did a lot of freemotion stitching around the head. The question was what to do with the black and white portion of the head? I think the threadwork came off subtly enough to work.
So far I am pleased and ready to print out a full sized figure. My mom is wearing the most interesting coat. Of course she has no memory of it.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pictures tell the story

Here is the one of the front beds by the front door with trimmed bushes (sweat equity) a new butterfly bush and begonias.
Next is our well top with geraniums, snapdragons, petunias and begonias. Yes the weeds have already returned with the rain.
And last is my monoprint. I just poured paint on a piece of plastic on the table top and placed the fabric over it and pressed it down. Spritzed the remaining paint with water and placed another piece of fabric on it. I plan to embroider and bead this piece and make another quilt like The Secret Life of Black Holes. Which is the top picture.

Monday, June 1, 2009

This and That

Busy, busy, busy.
I have planted all the flower beds. Actually that wasn't hard. It's weeding them that is hard. Many full garden carts and 5 flats of flowers later, I'm finished for now. And the fish pond is cleaned, plants and fish out. It was a cesspool full of mosquitos. Yuck.
Now I can start weeding!!!
The garden is up, at least the corn and the beans. Peas, carrots and spinach to follow.
Next is the TAA newsletter.
And I delivered 5 pieces to The Pop Shop Gallery for the Art of Lakewood Walk on June 13th. 4-9 pm. The Pop Shop is hosting the Fifty Dolla Holla. All art is $50 with 50 artists contributing up to 5 pieces. It's an interesting place to purchase a variety of affordable art. With a great mix of styles.
See for further details and a map.
Shame on me, no photos. I will take one of the front of the house and post. Or better yet I will photo the monoprints that are drying. I did sneak some art in while I was draining the fish tank today.