May 18, 2018

Good Company...

I love this little girl.  I cannot remember when it was I made her - at least 10 to 12 years ago.   She's been my faithful companion in the studio ever since - always ready with pins and needles when I need them.

May 17, 2018

Oh my aching...everything!

It's ages since I posted on my blog.  In late March, I experienced sciatic nerve pain "attack".  It's awful!  I've had X-rays, MRI, physical therapy, meds, an injection - still no lasting relief.  It's totally exhausting feeling this way.  If you've ever experienced a sciatic attack, you'll know what I'm talking about.  I've managed to keep working on my art, but I have a hard time sitting down for any length of time.  I'm now standing up to do the handwork - less painful, but awkward to say the least.  Oh poor me, blah, blah, blah!

April 6, 2018

shake a leg...

A few days into working on a new art quilt.  Pattern drawn, fabrics auditioned and cut up - time to start putting the foreground together.

March 24, 2018

March 22, 2018

On Edge...

I'm learning to be flexible with my abstract artwork - nothing is so precious that it cannot be changed.  I admit it is hard to do!

I started out painting the background (which I love) and then adding the figures wet on wet.  I thought I was through with it - I even signed it! but I kept looking at it over the past a couple of days - something about it was bugging me. 

It is difficult (for me) to just paint and not draw first...which is what got me into trouble in the first place!  I didn't want too much detail in the faces, but all black - aach!  I took a leap of faith - grabbed paint brushes added faces and hair, altered the legs and hands.  I like it better now (I think) - only time will tell. 

March 15, 2018

Here We Go A-Travelling...

Our friends and neighbors are French and spend half the year in their home in Brittany.  They have invited Richard and I to visit this summer.  We're super excited about the trip.  The flights, hotels, etc. have been booked. 

As usual, I made myself a travel journal.  I made something similar a couple of years ago and since the design worked well, I made a couple more - (one for me and one for a friend who going out west this spring - don't tell it's a surprise - the journal NOT the trip!)

7x10" paper 

print pages

fold papers in half, add holes to signatures with Japanese punch (each signature consists of 4 fold pages)

Assorted papers

paper adhered to canvas - overall size of canvas cut to 15Wx7.5L

water color soluble crayons - that didn't work as planned

layers of acrylic paint - that's better - it changes again with more paint (see #2 below)

color scheme for journal (#1) inspired by Cezanne

Dupioni silk adhered to reverse side of canvas (wonder under); holes punched in spine

(journal (#2) colors more suitable to out west); stitch decorative thread around all sides to front side of cover 

My journal (#1)

Journal #2