Friday, October 24, 2014

Morning Reverie

6"x6", wood panel, rust resist cloth, silk screened image using freezer paper, rusted string, gold glass beads, embroidery and machine stitching, painted netting. This piece turned out quite different than the supplies post of Oct. 19th. I did use the beads and gold thread but everything changed once the art making began. I try not to hold on to an image in my mind but rather stay with the feeling as in this case, a morning blessing.It's still important to me to create a piece that looks like a found object, or an ancient piece of sorts. So lots of stopping, looking and writing. I'm beginning the companion piece,' evening blessing' in shades of blue cloth. I've been working with cloth for over 2 years now and I think it's the challenge I have in moving the fabric around and placing unusual painted fabrics together and of course, the stitching and beads are the fun part!

It's my birthday today( the 25th) and I'm celebrating all day or actually all week! I bought a new comforter to celebrate these next years in warm peaceful sleep! Just for fun I've ordered two hooded sweaters and two vests, one knit and one quilted. I asked husband for red soft washable slippers and maybe tickets to an upcoming symphony. He asked me to dinner tonight and so I'd say turning 70 is going well! It actually means changes ahead but for right now I'm holding my own ... willing to hire help  around the house and making changes with lighter dinners and shopping. Have a new post-it app on my computer so its an easy reminder on all those things I must do each day! Still like this whole blog and Facebook exchange and hope to do more self publishing.  Most of the walls here are covered in my artwork and I change the images throughout the year. This may sound silly but I feel the warmth and peace in my home, in my life ... in these walls of art. I'm surprised how my life has turned out ...these days producing so much work ... truly grateful I've come this far and still a ways to go!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gold Beads

The challenge for me this week is working on these small 6"x6" wood panels. I've decided to go for the gold ... a hot bright morning blessing is my first and the second will be a moonlight blessing. Not sure yet about the sun stamps ... I'm also creating a silk screen sun so I'll need to decide as well as the mosaic cloth. Definitely will use up this tube of gold beads ...Oh, these old fingers!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Celebrating White

1.The first piece is a mixed media piece on paper and a part of my 'sacred vessel' series. It represents all the moonlit nights of my life. I rarely place white on my palette let alone paint big spaces of white so this is a rare use of white for me.
2. I had planned on one day creating a series on snowflakes. I've kept this photo in my files for years but so far no series.
3. I created this wreath to celebrate my life here at the beach with an 'all season' door wreath. I collected some of the shells and bought others. The straw base was painted white with blue wrapping to represent the ocean and waves.
4. As I was cleaning out my studio the other day I happened upon these two gessoed panels measuring 6"x6" and a 12"x12" (not shown here). I guess I'm not done with my mosaic series after all ... the work begins tomorrow!
If you are interested in seeing more WHITE for Roy G Biv day check out Jennifer Coyne Qudeen for more sites! I'm not sure what is next or maybe this is the end of the search?!

Monday, October 6, 2014

"The Last Mosaic"

12"x12" wood panel, flour paste resist on painted fabric, printed fabric, metallic paper (palm tree trunks), hand carved stamps, ruby red glass beads, rope and ribbon trim, knotted discarded rust dyed twine, hand stitching and machine stitching.
The third in this mosaic series on wood panel. This combining of colors gives me a feeling of a hot desert sunset. So grateful these three have guided me through my holidays and now I'm on the other side of my spiritual new year. The hieroglyphs are carved from a child's kit sold by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was trying to spell out my new word "enough" but I printed backwards and now who knows what this says?! The word "enough" seems to be a good word as it fits with what I've been writing about lately in my journal.
Cold temperatures are being reported ... we are having our autumn heat wave but soon that will change. I've taken a walk in the woods, at the beach and around the neighborhood and the new season is here and beautiful ... now we could use some old fashioned rain!