Friday, January 27, 2012

The start of something big

Larger than life size! We shall see how Suzy handles big pieces.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Bloopies

Yes, the Bloopies have moved in for the winter! They are multiplying and gaining personalities of their own. Will they take over?

Time will tell.
Actually they have been around since my mother fell. A result of a discussion with a doctor about cells reconnecting and as I sat at work I would draw the cells reaching for each other.
They evolved into a piece done in painted organza, gold leaf and hand and machine embroidery. I did show it in my Gathering Place Solo Show, now it hangs over my bed. The funny thing is I don't remember working on it, but I know it is mine.

These pieces started in the Kantha stitch class I took with Dorothy Caldwell. I had opened my sketch book and there were some new bloopies on the page, Dorothy commented that they would be great in kantha, and they were! They are the small square in the top left corner. As you can see they are growing and popping the background cloth color out in small cuts.

A later sketch where they started to reconnect. This is a great project for winter days. I plan to connect them all when I have enough.

Note on the side bar is a connection to the blind stitch group that was formed as a result of a class exercise in "blind stitching" that Dorothy had us do.
20 of us are filling in the blank areas with stitch, we then plan to make a quilt to be auctioned off for the benefit of the Textile Art Alliance that sponsored the class.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Barn Princess

At the barn we have 6 horses, 5 geldings (neutered males) and 1 mare. The barn princess! She thinks the geldings are useless, she would like another mare so they could eat grass together all day long.
Friday, she turned 22. A young 22, she is basically a big strong mare. Happy Birthday Skittles!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year Art Resolutions

I resolve to make more collages in the new year.
To make room for Suzy I moved my rubber stamp and art supplies down to the basement by my painting tables. After thinking about it I added all my paper supplies since I had a "thing" for painting paper for awhile after an awesome Ned Wert class at QSDS.
Before I discovered Art Quilts I dabbled in rubber stamping, altered books, etc. I had pieces published in several issues of Somerset Studio, back in the day. Back in the corner is my show saddle way back when I showed horses. It's for sale by the way, a good Billy Cook show saddle, very comfortable. email me for details

My oldest brother built me a great workbench with a bar above it for hanging tools. He repainted my dad's old vice and installed that too. I can hammer and drill to my heart's content. And I don't have to worry about disturbing anyone with the noise. The studio assistant is very noise sensitive after our break in last year.
In the front are my painting tables, 2 six foot banquet tables. Behind them is a table with all my painting supplies. I have been doing mixed media collages on wood panels with a 1-1/2" cradle, fun! I will have to show some in the next post.

I can multi task and do some laundry while working. I actually have only one set of machines hooked up. The house came with a set and I had a set from the old house. I can batch a washing machine with the saddle if you want.

Happy New Year to all! Make some art resolutions and make them come true!