Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Almost Wordless Wednesday

I think I'm beginning to like the potential and quality of the iPhone camera....

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Another dance weekend....

....  for my daughter (photos courtesy of PLATOON).

Monday, April 8, 2013

Summer's Kiss

You saw my poppies in my previous post, inspired by Francis Thompson's poem, The Poppy. (Read the whole poem here.)  I have a love affair with the poppies that grow in my garden and I can never seem to have enough poppy photos.

Upon reflection, I realize it's probably no surprise that I was inspired by this poem; spring is in the air and the season of the poppy is approaching.  And thus it was, after my failed autumn-inspired piece, that I started work on Summer's Kiss, my new piece for our FANE exhibition, Poetic Fragments.  Aside having to be inspired by a line (or two) of poetry, our artwork also had to be created of more than one part and fit into a 14" square, adhered to an 18" square canvas.  My individual poppies certainly meet that requirement, but I took it a step further and made four separate background pieces.  I was in full watercolor crayon mode and all the fabrics for the piece were created using the crayons.

Summer's Kiss, 14" x 14"

To see this and all the others pieces by members of our group, please go to the Mahopac Public Library Gallery any time from April 28th through May 30th.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Trial and Error

There's been a lot of trial and error in my studio these last two weeks.  Lots and lots of errors.  Some weren't even exciting mistakes.  For example, it took me three tries to paint the canvas for a new small piece I made. I just couldn't get the color right.   I don't know why it was so hard to do, but it was.

But I worked through it.   Now I have a new piece for my small work series available through Galleribba:

I also started on a new direction on my piece for our upcoming Fiber Art Northeast (FANE) exhibition.  All the pieces were to reference poetry as inspiration and I had something wonderful to use, one I've used before:  "Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it!" (George Eliot)  Somehow though, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get my piece to work.

So I scrapped what I was doing and began anew, this time using poetry by Francis Thompson as my starting point:
                          Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare, 
                         And left the flush'd print in a poppy there

Now I have some flowers that are going to be elements in my new piece, scheduled to be part of the FANE exhibition next month.

Yes, I must keep on working....