Thursday, April 17, 2014

Art of Green

I like green and use a Pthalo green when mixing colors but it isn't easy for me. In fact green usually gives me fits in most art making. I lean towards a blue green so finding this stark yellow green was a rare find. It is a mixed media piece using paper collage. The second piece is a fabric collage with a mix of paint, fabric and oil pastel. Today I am going to have a good size strip of my hair dyed a teal green ... kind of a way to step into spring and or just for the fun of mixing it up a little ... wish me luck! Meanwhile have fun visiting all the green on Roy G Biv Day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Columbaria"

16"x22", solid and printed cotton cloth, rust prints on muslin, paper collage, ribbon, bits of newspaper, hand and machine stitching and rust stained twine.
This is my attempt at gate 5 and the subject is angels/messengers. Two strong thoughts inspired me. One is that I believe we act as angels/messengers for one another. I can't count all the times when I have overheard a strangers remarks or read an excerpt on a blog that changed my perspective completely. I don't know if I have returned the favor but I'd like to think so.
My second inspiration comes from viewing photos of ancient cave complexes with carved out niches used for dove keeping. Can you imagine living underground? These beautiful doves had many uses but I see them as pure messengers in flight. The paper collage strips are actual black and white photographs of the ancient dove niches. So my thoughts on all the ways we receive blessed messages helped create this piece.
Rust printing was a highlight of gathering cloth for this piece. Fun to add my corroded nails, washers to muslin shapes and tying these bundles to soak in a white vinegar and water bath. It only took a few days and I was happy with the results especially after, rinsing, soaping scrubbing, drying and ironing!
Now for a couple days of clean-up and then to new work!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hands of Heaven


There is an old joke that goes: "If you want to make G-d laugh, tell him (her) your plans.! This gate expresses to me a heavenly order, a planned way. Looking back, I could never have planned this life of mine and circumstances I would live. It's been an amazing journey.
This photo of my little clay pot was sitting on my deck and kept catching my eye lately. I've had it for a long time but I don't recall buying it or who gifted it to me. I gave into the pull and photographed all four sides ... made adjustments and realized the shapes had become (for me)heavenly planners and the main theme of this gate!
13"x15", cotton, stamped, linen, lace trim, crochet edge and digital print on organza. Machine and hand stitching.