Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Summer's End Exhibit

I am off to the Arboretum at the University of Madison today to install my solo exhibit, Summer's End. The majority of the exhibit will be of my shaped leaf pieces (see a detail below). Wish me luck with the installation process!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Beautiful water

While zooming aorund on the Segway O got to take some water reflection photos. I would love to capture the luminosity and brightness of this shot in one of my art quilts.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Look Ma, no hands!

We went for a Segway ride along the Lake Michigan shoreline and it was so much fun. The movement just becomes so intuitive quickly and you can speed along amd see lots of things. Faster then walking, easier to see the wrold around you then a bike.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Uigher hats

Continuing on my Chinese textile reminisces these are Uigher men's hats at an open market. Another dizzying display of color and texture.

Friday, August 27, 2010

More Chinese textiles

More textiles from my China trip. These wool felted rugs were inside of a very shabby yurt out near Heavenly Lake in Western China. Once you went through the door it was a completely different world - colorful, warm, entrancing.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Paper cuts

Having pulled oiut the Chinese textiles (see a few of the previous posts) I am leaning toward Chinese images! When I was in China a few years ago I collected many papercuts - this one is probably no more than 6 inches tall - so the detail is pretty amazing.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Textile detail

I have been moving aart pieces around in the house and opened up my box of Chinese textiles. This is a detail of a Miao girl's shawl - all hand embroidered.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fragmented leaves

I have started a new piece in my fragmented leaves series based on these beetle chewed linden leaves. They are very beautiful when you see them close up.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Prairie find

A driveby find - how can this shed lean so far over and still have the roof remain horizontal to the ground?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The bobsled run

While in Park City we go to see the bobsled run from the 2002 Olympics. I try multiple times to catch the the bobsled as it goes by and each time this is what I get because it is moving so fast and by the time I see it coming round the bend it is past me. So try to imagine a 4 man bobsled right here!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Virga is rain that doesn't reach the ground. From the plane it looks graceful and beautiful.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Aspen glow

An early morning walk offers up this small gem.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gas pump graveyard

Pine BLuff, Wyoming - we come across a gas pump graveyard. There are so many wonderful old styles here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I can't resist!

It's true, I can't resist the cloud photos. Here is another one from one of our hikes in the mountains. It jsut feels like you could reach up and touch it.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pattern upon pattern

Flying just gives me such an opportunity to see the world in new ways. Flying over Iowa and Nebraska there are miles upon miles of fields that are planted and harvested in interesting patterns. Here is one example. It reminds me of many quilts I have seen!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cloud reflections

The parking lot after a rain offers up another view of the clouds.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

More clouds

What can I say? I love the pattern!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


We arrived back from Park City, Utah this morning after out last hop in the little plane from western Iowa. I just love looking at and flying through the clouds as we go. How can something be so amorphous and yet throw a black shadow on the ground? Take on so many different shapes, move so easily? They are fascinating.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Off to Utah

Today (hopefully) we are flying off to Park City Utah for a week of vacation. I hope to find lots of wonderful photo opportunities!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


I have this gingko ceramic bowl that I keep all my pins in in the studio. Yeterday having spilled all the pins (always fun) I really stop and look a this beautiful bowl once again. I still love it.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Birch Trees

I am working on some new pieces that interpret birch trees. This is a detail of one of the pieces.