Sunday, October 31, 2010

End of October

Many of the trees are bare and all the candy's gone from the dish .... and no, I didn't eat it (all)!  I can't believe it's just about November.  I have lots of ideas in my head that I hope will make their way out through my fingers.  We'll see.  A new month and week start tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hummingbird in Houston

My photo, Hummingbird, has been juried into the International Quilt Festival's Eye of the Quilter exhibit in Houston.  Woo Hoo!

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Website is Coming!!!

Hurray for Jane Davila; she's been hard at work on my website and I LOVE the way it looks!  The home page is finished and the link to my blog here is set.  I still owe her my bio and, unfortunately, she has to resize all the pictures for my galleries since I sent the wrong size (oops and yikes!).  But nonetheless, it's on its way and I am so excited.

Please feel free to take a look now at and check back often over the next few weeks to see it develop.  Hurray!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Burning the Midnight Oil

It's very late and I definitely need to get some sleep, but I thought I'd quickly post my finished "Joy" piece for Textile Abstractions. I quilted it today, thanks to my hubby who ran errands (and even picked up pizza during the games today!) and to my in-laws, who didn't mind that I disappeared for a good portion of the day during their visit.

I like the way this turned out and I hope you do, too.  Though I feel it's complete, it's given me more ideas to consider.   It's not typical of me to find new things to explore in a finished piece; I'm usually such a scaredy-cat and non-experimenter. (Yes, these are words of questionable origin but hey, it's late and the grammar police have long since gone to bed.)   I'm excited by the possibilities in my mind.  Do you think this is happening because I actually finished up two pieces in as many weeks?  Though I don't know if this is the whole reason, it may be that I'm experiencing the benefits described in the adage that working at your art makes your creation process easier.

And now, here's "Joy".  Look, look, I even managed to make an ear.  Yes, I'm very proud to have managed it;  it wasn't easy, let me tell you!

                         Joy, 16" x  20"
                         Mickey Lawler Skydyes background fabric

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blue Repose

A while back, I experimented with charcoal on cloth.  I used one of my first drawings from my life drawing class as the basis for the piece.  I sketched with charcoal, sealed it with a matte fixative, then painted the girl's body blue ....  I did that from the back of the fabric so the charcoal lines would still be visible.  I finished it all up by coloring around the figure with watercolor crayons and misting them a bit so the colors ran.

Today I quilted the piece, which I've named "Blue Repose".  I know that some may have stitched more, but I wanted to see if I could keep some of the charcoal shading visible.   I used a variegated thread and  sketchy lines on her body, along with rayon and silk threads on the background, depending on which thread matched the color best.

In an ideal world, I wish the final shape had more white space along the sides.  When I started, this was an experiment and I didn't give much thought to the size of the fabric I was working on.  I just wanted to play.  But I'm intrigued by this so I thought it was worth finishing it up.  It was the perfect project for me to work on -- I didn't feel any pressure and it took my mind off my failures to date trying to make the ear for "Joy" (see previous posts).

Please share your comments and thoughts.  I'd love your input since I think I'd like to pursue this more.  Do you like the minimal stitching on the figure or would you have preferred more?  Do the white areas without stitching bother you?  Is the variegated thread good or not?  Does it matter to you that the drawing isn't perfect?  Does this style require a more practiced artistic hand to be successful?  You get the idea.....  Thanks!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Spots of Sunlight

The ear of my "Joy" piece is tying me in knots, so I'm taking a break.  Here's my favorite picture from my walk yesterday; it was a lot harder than I thought to capture the filtered sun on the ferns.  I like this picture a lot, but I think I should take a class so that I can have better command of my camera in these more unusual light situations.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Day Thus Far

After getting the girls to school and dropping clothes off at the dry cleaners, I took a quick walk in the woods with the dog.  Isn't this pretty?  I took the picture when it was cloudy and rainy; I can't wait to go back tomorrow when the sun's supposed to be shining.

Then I took my youngest to the orthopedist.  Despite all our best efforts, she went back to school with this:

#@*?*!  gym class.

I'm hoping three's the charm.  This can't happen again, can it?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Working on Joy

I've been working on a piece to represent the word "joy" for Textile Abstractions, the challenge group I'm a part of, and I'm trying something new.  I decided to create a piece based on a side view photograph of my youngest daughter with her head thrown back in laughter.  Now, not only have I never tried to create a face like this before, but I'm also constructing her out of colors I typically don't use.

This is taking me forever.  I confess that I'm dreading making her ear... all those in and outs that still end up looking rather odd, even if it looks like an ear.  Still, I'm going to persevere because I like the direction this is going.   I've placed the face on this blue fabric so you can see her better; I'm actually going to be using this color for the next layer of dark hair.  The "official" background fabric -- well, the jury's still out on that one.