Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Catching up

I don't know how to solve the problem of the disappearing Blogger photo upload icon, so I've decided to circumvent it -- I've gone back to the old editor format.    Because I know how to work this way, here's a peek at what's been going on ... it has to be quick since I need to get to the fabric store this afternoon.

Earlier this week I had an "art date" with Susan Schrott.  We made a mess of her studio as we did some gelatin plate prints.  Oh, it was so much fun!  This really is one of my favorite things to do.  We made lots of unique fabric.  Here's a picture of some of the pretty fabrics drying outdoors.

I've been taking my oldest daughter to physical therapy for her ankle and have had some extra time to read as I wait in the pick up line after school.  This week I read an interesting article in the September issue of Smithsonian called "Earthquake Art", describing  how Haitian artists are using the tragedy of the recent earthquake to create new and inspiring artwork.  The cover art (shown below) was created by Frantz Zephirin on commission by Smithsonian.  I think that's pretty cool.  If you get a chance, try to pick up a copy and read the article.  It's amazing what these artists are doing in the aftermath of a tragedy which has touched them all.

Finally, I've signed on to be part of a doodle swap, along with a number of artists I met while at the Art Quilt Elements show this past April.  Paula Kovarik is leading the fun and is the one who convinced me to participate.  (She is, by the way, a fabulous doodler who includes doodle stitching to great effect in her quilts.  Two of her quilt beauties were recently juried into Quilts=Art=Quilts 2010).   The swap works like this: one artist starts a doodle, sends it on to two other artists to add to / delete from, who then return it to the originator.  It's rather like round-robin quilting, only it's doodling.  Here's the end result of the doodle I started; clearly the BP oil spill was on our minds.  This doodle was created by Paula Kovarik, Katherine Knauer, and myself.

And now, without further delay, off to the fabric store!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Bit of Panic

Well, I have lots of things to share, but I can't figure out how to post pictures to my blog anymore. I switched to the "New and Improved Editor" as suggested (since the old one is being phased out) and there's no longer an icon on my tool bar that enables me to upload a photo. All I've got now are icons to make things bold, italics, or scored, and to imbed a link or quotes.

Has this happened to anyone else?

What's a blog without pictures?


Friday, September 17, 2010

Heading to Arizona

I'm thrilled to report that my piece, Handprint II, has been juried into Art Quilts XV: Needleplay. This annual exhibit is presented by the Chandler Cultural Foundation of Chandler, Arizona and has become a much anticipated show. The list of accepted artists is very impressive and I'm honored to be in their company. To see the complete list of artists in the show, please visit juror, Diane Howell's, blog.

Now I'm off to root about my freezer to find a celebratory ice cream or two. Woo Hoo!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

On the Road

I'm touring the mid-Atlantic States with my daughter as we do some preliminary college visits and tours. Oh how I wish I wasn't driving so that I could take pictures of some of the wonderful tidbits of America I've been seeing! But since I am, I can only keep memories of the barn painted with a giant window with cows peeking through; of the truck advertising professional balloon painting ; of the fun town names like Mechanicsville, Short Pump, and Goochland; and, tons more.

Maybe some day I'll be able to take this drive again and stop whenever I see something fun. Road trip, anyone?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Easing Back In

I belong to the group FiberArt Northeast under the intrepid leadership of Jane Davila. The group often hosts challenges to spur our creative juices and back in June we set the wheels in motion for our newest challenge. Each participant pulled a partner name out of a hat, then the pair pulled a word out of a second hat. My partner, Joyce Sullivan, and I pulled the word "solitary"; our task was to create a piece that represented our chosen word. We could mutually agree on a size, but other than that, we had to work completely independent of one another.

Joyce and I agreed to make our pieces 14" x 14" and set off on our merry way. Alas, it wasn't until last Thursday afternoon that I started working on my piece, though the meeting was that evening. Despite my oldest daughter's insistence that solitary would be best represented by baking brownies and cupcakes, then taking a photo of a brownie standing alone amidst the cupcakes, I decided on a different direction .... mostly because there wasn't time to bake.

At any rate, I thought of how lonely and alone the homeless must be. I quickly made a pencil sketch, enlarged it on my copy machine, taped the sections together, then traced it. I placed the tracing paper over some white muslin and quilted over it in black rayon thread. I brought the thread sketch to the meeting, only to discover that Joyce had made a lovely piece with a lone hibiscus on a white background. Who would have guessed that we would both use white? What are the odds of that?

Today I quickly faced the piece and rubbed some charcoal on for effect. Though the piece didn't turn out to be 14 x 14, I'm pleased enough with the results to continue to pursue combining sketching, thread and charcoal. I think there might be some interesting things to discover. In the meantime, look at the group's blog to see all the pairs together; the pictures should be posted by the week's end.

On the Streets
13" x 15"

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Farmers' Market

My youngest daughter and I love our local farmers' market: all the smells, the fresh produce, the time together picking and choosing what we'd like to eat. Unfortunately, the last time we went, my daughter had just injured her knee the night before. At the time, we didn't know how serious an injury it was and the bit of walking we did caused her a great deal of pain.

Yesterday' trip, however, was a completely different story. First off, it was a beautiful day. The crowds were out in full force and that always makes me happy. So long as the crowds are there, so will the market. But even better ... my daughter walked about without her knee brace. Woo hoo! The only downside to the trip was that one of our favorite vendors wasn't there. Alas, that means no goat cheese for the first week of school (one of my daughter's favorite after school snacks).

Because we didn't get to the market until almost noon, the sun was bright and overhead. Picture-taking was fairly difficult. But I did manage to snap off this shot of multi-colored peppers. Did you know they came in all these pretty colors? I didn't.

The rest of the day was happily spent eating some of our purchases: fresh corn and tomatoes for lunch and pesto for dinner. I hope you're getting some time to do what you love this weekend.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Deep fried Twinkies and a cartoon character at an amusement park ... what more can I say?

Have a great weekend.