Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Star Code"

11"x16", cotton rust resist, stencil cut out collage, gray quilted paper and gray flour resist cloth. Hand and machine stitching, copper glass beads and light topaz cube glass beads. The lavender embroidery thread was the last bit from my mothers sewing basket ... 30+ years old.

This is the gate that speaks of the ancient and modern take on the "stuff" of the Universe. What is foretold in our very bones and studied by both astrophysicist and the biochemist ... "the history of humanity the history of the Universe is the same and we are made of the same.. I embedded what seemed like to me, a genetic code as an ancient banner ... helping to lead to the solution to the  riddle of all riddles.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Stitching Hazard!

Actually I cut my finger on a plastic lid but it is my pointer finger of my right hand. If I were painting this would not be a problem but this stitching requires fine finger movements and these band-aids don't provide enough cushion ... ouch! I'll be taking a few days off to recover!
Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend ... !!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Water Conservation

These are my new dishes (paper) for the summer and beyond. California is suffering from a drought and we have some very strict water usage  numbers per household with costly penalties. Five minute showers are a given (some sanity sacrificed) but now I've cut back even more by not using my dishwasher. Hoping with this cutback, I'll have enough reserves to keep watering my potted plants and a few favorite trees! I used colorful cloth napkins here only to punch up the photo as I'm not going to be washing linens throughout this drought.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Finding "Blue"

ABOVE: 16"x16", "Delivery I" collage, acrylic, oil pastel on a grid.  COMPASS SERIES

LEFT: 16"x16", "Hope Deferred", acrylic, collage

BELOW: 18"x18", "Hope Realized" acrylic, collage

BOTTOM: 18"x18", "Uranus Sideways", silver leaf, oil pastel, acrylic
So easy to find examples of blue ... it's a go to color for me, one I never get tired of mixing. Mostly use Phthalo and Ultramarine blue. All of these images are found in my catalog M.Lehrer-Plansky 2008-2012. For more examples of "Blue" go to Jennifer Coyne Qudeen and Julie Booth and enjoy the search for Roy G Biv Day!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Altered Wilderness Lantern

The original "Wilderness Lantern" is first followed by this altered view. I've used the pixlr program to punch up the color, texture and edges and I rather like the result. I've considered taking these altered views to a printer and having them printed in 'real size'. I need to find out about paper, sheen etc...

movie recommendation: 'Philomenia'....loved 'Nebraska' too!
next movie on my list 'Fading Gigolo'
Having fun with PBS series 'Miss Fisher Mystery Series' set in Australia and 'Murder in Paradise' set in the Caribbean.