Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter canvas

It feels like this is a painting on canvas but it is  the wonderful winter afternoon light coming thorugh a window shade.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Glass Wall reflections

I may add another art quilt to my Glass Wall Reflection series. I took this photo  in the city this weekend and like it very much. It like how dynamic the shapes are against the grid.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Watery window

Looking out through the condo window on a damp, cold morning. The condensation adds a wonderful texture amd pattern  to the scene outside.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pattern play again!

More metal walls - this is at the DeYoung Musuem in San Francisco. This area is about 4 x 5 feet so you get some idea of the scale of it. Just imagine it over a much bigger expanse. Walking along the walll it is a constatnly changing play of light.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In and Out

This metal wall is embossed/debossed and thus catches the light in this interesting way. I took a lot of pictures of this - more to come!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Heads up

In contrast to yesterday's photos of sculptural heads these look unsettled and abandoned. But I love the photo both for the heads and also for the many textures, patterns  and shapes that are part of it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

One thing leads to another revisited

Pulling out the angel head the other day made me think about all the sculptural head photos I have taken. This is another favorite. There is a peacefulness and caring in the both the look and positioning of these two heads.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Birch Forest revisited

I have been working on my Birch Forest installation piece (8.5 x 8.5 feet) - enhancing the stitiching, nedlefelting, finding a way to bend and undulate the surface even more then the original. Here is a detail view from the side of how it is starting to "shape up".

Saturday, November 20, 2010

One thing leads to another

I am having my carpets cleaned today which has meant moving a lot of stuff out of the way, especially in my sewing room. I was putting things into the storage area and that lead to seeing the boxes of Christmas decorations and seeing this angel which I have not had out in some time. I think it has a beautiful face and wings. The shadow on the face gives it more power then I would have thought.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Toucht feely labyrinth

Another project underway is for the next Women's Journeys in Fiber exhibtion. Our theme this time is Aprons: Myths and Memories. I have in mind a meditation labyrinth that you could touch. It started with the idea of contemplating your navel which is what it felt like i was doing thinking about apron ideas!  So here is a sample of velvet with a labyrinth fiber etched out of it. I think this idea might go somewhere.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Summer Flight

Here is the full size Summer Flight piece that I posted a detail of couple of weeks ago. I had a comment asking to see the full piece. It is 24' x 72", silk charmeuse. My client was happy with the results!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Barry's Birthday

Today would have been Barry's 66th birthday. It's hard for me to believe at times that he has been gone for 5 years and that I am in another phase of my life. This photo was taken on our last trip together to San Francisco.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hand with leaves

This hand makes me think about endings. The hand without the leaves evokes would not have the same impact.

Hand Imprints

Another favorite hand photo is this one of hand imprints in my frosted garbage can. Not the most elegant venue but you work with what you find!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Buddha Hands

I have been collecting hand photos for some time - this is one I took a few years ago in New Jersey. I have a print of it that I look at from time to time and it always calms me.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Squiggly pods

I came across these Paloverde pods that I picked up a few years ago - I think these might become a new shaped piece. I can see makinga large a pile of them intertwined.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tracy McCabe Stewart interview

Today seems to be the day that ly friends and fellow artists are getting interviewed. Go check out Tracy  through this link to Asian Art and Quilts.

Susan Ettl Blog

My fellow artist and friend, Susan Ettl, has had her blog chosen to be on the Quilting Arts site. There is a great interview with her and some samples of her artwork. Go take a look!

Spray away

I am compiling imagery for some new ideas - this image was created with spray paint through a grid. I think it is pretty neat - I want to see how it will convert with a thermofax - I will probably lose some of the gradations which is what makes it interesting to me.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cup Plant Sculpture

I have been drying leaves from the garden to have for work I want to do this winter. These very large cup plant leaves have turned into wonderful sculptural objects.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Henry Lauder's Walkingstick plant

I trimmed up bushes and trees at my daughter's home. One of them is sthe contorted filbert known as Henry Lauder's Walkingstick. It is fabulously contored and I brought some of the pruings home to see what can be done with them! This photo is a detial of 3 of the branches. They curl around and around themselves and one another.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Grass seed

The seed leads on my Japanese grasses are fuzzy and full of litle seed heads. The pattern looks like a yellow stitched line.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Summer Flight

I have just completed a commission for someone who saw my exhibit, Summer's End, in Madison. I created a piece that is long and narrow, gradates from yellow to orange and uses dragonflies in flight to create an upward  movement. Below is a detail.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Vintage tablecloths

I have have been dyeing and printing  vintage cotton damask tablecloths and napkins for Thanksgiving presents. I like what happens with the damask flowers, curlicues and leaves that are part of the orginal tablecloth. It adds one more layer of complexity to the overall design.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Intense orange

So few trees around here still have there leaves but this one is still intensely orange. It just glows!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Screen image

I was trying to take a photo of the birds at the feeder but the window screen became the more interesting image.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sumac flags

The last of the sumac leaves blow like flags in the wind.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Leaf Walk

Yesterday turned into a beautiful day for a walk through the last of the fall leaves.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Leaf Glow

The early morning sun is throwing light and shadows over the Japanese screen creating another layer of leafy shapes.