Portfolio of older work

Friday, July 19, 2013

I am on Jane Davies's blog and Friday Favorites

Remember my telling you that I went to see Jane Davies's art show opening in VT?  Someone took pictures at the opening and Jane posted one that included me, my daugther Ellen, and her mother-in-law Cathy.  Here is the link to picture.  Ellen and I are on the right leaning against the jewelry case. Cathy is center left with short blonde hair and wearing a blue shirt. Abby, my 9 year old grand-daughter, was with us but is not in the picture. The picture was taken at the beginning when the Director of the gallery was introducing the artists.

And speaking of Abby, she made this cute little purse for me while I was visiting her. Cathy found the beads in her attic. They probably belonged to Cathy's mother, Abby's great grand-mother.  Cathy's aunt,  which I think makes her Abby's great-great-aunt, gave Abby an old book on how to make tiny purses with beads and ribbons.  Abby has spent her vacation time handsewing several of them.  She can hand sew as well as I can and also loves to sew on the sewing machine.  Abby is blessed with creative people on both sides of her family who encourage her.  Isn't that wonderful for her!

Friday Favorites

Lynn Krawczyk is offering a workshop on color theory.  Looks very good and is a fundamental skill all artists need.  I especially like the method she is using with making the same image multiple times in multiple colors to see the difference that different color combinations make.

These are oldies but goodies from  Terry Garrard-Dimond's blog. This one is the recipe for a flour paste resist. This one is where a reader has sent in her results.  I have yet to try a flour paste resist but this might be the weekend.

As I have been working on finishing some of my fabric monoprints, I came across this blog post.  Susan Christensen is doing the same with her monoprints.  Here is part of her profile:  "Textile artist with background in painting and printmaking."  Could almost be me!

 After struggling with the composition of one her art quilts, Terry Grant decided to lop off the bottom half--not a little bit but the entire bottom half.  It was the right decision and the piece is much stronger as a result of Terry's courage. Terry then came up with a list of guiding principles to follow.

Have a creative week!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I take no responsibility for Blob Animal #5

What does it say about me that I make really strange imaginary blob animals?


Bluebird of Happiness
He spreads joy everywhere cause we know he is toilet trained and we don't have anything to fear as he flies over us.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Crossbill Ellefly

I am having fun with blob  animals!



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Blob Animal #2

 First came the blob.
Second came the nun pig.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Imaginary Animals

I am going to work my way through "Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals" by Carla Soneheim.  Chapter 1 is about making animals out of sidewalk cracks, oil stains, and any other blobs you can sketch.  Here is my first blob and the animal I made out of it.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Favorites

 Today I am off to the VTica to see Journey into Process!  I took this picture from their website.  It shows some of the work by Jane Davies that I will get to see.

Friday Favorites

I only have time to show one of my finds this week and I decided to feature Purple Missus.  Lynda Monk is a mixed media textile artist and she has art to die for.  And she connected me to Workshops on the Web.  Have  you heard of it?  This is from their blog:

"Workshop on the Web is a publication exclusive to the internet, featuring the very best tutors from all points of the compass, giving step-by-step details of textile techniques and ideas for using those techniques creatively. Machine embroidery, hand stitching, mixed media work from metals to the latest developments in plastics technology and beyond.

"And this is what they promise:
We promise that each issue will have at least six workshop features, an interview with a well-known embroiderer plus other articles of general interest. Also, products - not just what's new but how to use them, book reviews, news and views. Add all this together and it's far more than a magazine - more like getting a new book four times a year."

There is also a give-away involved so check it out!

Have a creative week