Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Eye of the Beholder

I redid Rosie (the red). I thought the original Rosie eye was horrible. Plus I had made the black and white photo a red duotone that was close to Rosie's real color but it seemed a bit garish when it was printed. This eye is much better and her expression seems much more contemplative. Which means she was thinking of summer grass on a cold winter day!

I  went to our TAA member show Sunday at Lakeland College in Kirtland and had an interesting discussion about our Critique Workshop with Jane Sauer. It was commented that the group was very giving and genuine in constructive suggestions. I think that maybe we were tempered with age and wisdom, at least I hope that was the case. We had one younger (late 20s/early 30s) whose work was much admired and many encouraging comments were made about where to show and her next work direction. She sent us postcards thanking us for the love.

Maybe it is just the great vibe of creative women, there is historical precedence for women cooperating to make things. Many times the women gathered and made large dinners for barn raisings, crop gathering, quilting, etc. Or we just gave someone a shower for marriages, births, etc. Points to ponder.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Not sure we should laugh at this

So I ran out of big pieces of muslin and white felt which I use for backing and batting. I had JoAnn coupons so off I went and made a purchase of 4 yards of each. True to form the cutter asked what I was doing with the material.

"I am an art quilter and I use the muslin for backing and the felt for batting." says I.

" I love art quilts!" says the clerk. "What size bed do you make them for?"

Maybe these are twin size? I don't think Jack Walsh has them on a bed though!

Quilt National 2013

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Next Up?

First off Dad is finished. I think it will be titled WR, after my dad's initials. His given name was William Richard but his mother hated the name William and called him Dick. He was known as WR in business. My dad had the ability to take over manufacturing companies that were not doing well and turn them around. He was smart, practical and a good salesman. He had a dry sense of humor that would come out of left field. I would like to think I inherited some of his better qualities, at least the humor one!

Next up is a re-do of Rosie, I was not happy with the finished piece, the eye bothered me. I had done it twice and it still was not right. And then I was going to crop and
make it smaller so I marked it with chalk which I could not remove. Shucks! So I had it reprinted as a black and white piece. The original photo was an 11 x 17 black and white print I did after art school when I had a dark room.

I think I will do the eye first (no pressure) and see if it works better.

The great debate is on about a new dog. I do miss my Dyna. But it is nice to go do things and not worry about rushing home for dinner and pottying. I think a rescue is maybe a good idea. Corgis don't exactly grow on trees, I just want a nice companion not a fancy confirmation dog. I don't think I will show obedience again though I would probably take the new guy to classes to socialize and learn a few things. Plus obedience is fun.