It's time once again for our bluebird nestbox monitoring! These wonderful creatures have migrated back for the season, and we keep stats for national databases on our set of boxes at a nearby park. This is such a marvelous thing to us, I even wrote an article for Somerset's Art Quilting Studio magazine.
This is a detail of my piece for the Lafayette, CO show coming up in August. I titled it "Unafraid", because this wonderful 102 year old woman has lived a remarkable life and has no fear of the future. I love her face, which has wisdom, humor, peace and so many more beautiful qualities. Looking at her gives me hope for a bright future, even though aging has it's challenges.
This morning I was up before the sun, excited to see what my prepared screen would produce! I layered golden brown shapes on first, let dry, and then another layer of dark blue. I tend to like the paler, ghost prints best, but when I rinse out the more contrast-y ones, some aging and weathering effects will add to the enjoyment.
Here's a detail shot of my entry for the "Contrast" show at the Parker Arts Center in May. Now that I've been juried in, I can post a picture. I wanted to put a new twist on the way I normally portray hair, so I drew it as a zentangle.
Here's my contribution to the HerStory project, which honors women from the 20th century who blazed trails for those of us who came after. Pearl S. Buck was a Nobel prize winning writer who wrote about life in China before the revolution. She painted vivid, unforgettable scenes and characters which I read as a child. The book by Susanne Miller Jones is available now, and the HerStory exhibit will tour major art quilt venues through 2019.
I'm in the current issue of Haute Handbags!! These are the artsy purses I make from used jeans I get from the Goodwill in our town. Beautifully faded is far better than buying new denim from JoAnn's, don't you think?
It was a cloudy, cold day yesterday, so I needed a fun, easy project to lift my spirits. I rolled out the Fimo on the kitchen counter, pressed with rubber stamps, and used a BBQ skewer for the buttonholes. After baking and cooling the buttons, I gently swiped them with a soft sponge with just a bit of acrylic craft paint. It added enough color to contrast with the clay-colored Fimo and bring out the stamped texture.
I'm in the beginning stage of creating a quilt for a call for entry my art quilting guild, FRCQ is sending out. The theme is "contrast". Now, I normally love to use soft layers and subtle transitions - that's what I'm all about. But I'm going to consider this a challenge. If I have an area I need to work on, it's probably contrast more than any other one thing. So I began with creating some fabric using deep reddish pink and black. I'll create more fabric and fine tune the idea as I go - right now it's just a vague concept.
Our reception was very well attended, and it was so fun to see everybody. I was excited to see the caliber of work juried into the show - and there seemed to be as many ways to interpret the theme of diversity as there were entries. Mine is the one with the faces, and the title is "Light Has Every Color". What I meant by the title is that light is a spectrum. Each bright, pure hue is contained within light. We all contain light, and shine our own colors outward to brighten the world.
I started by collaging a page in my sketchbook, using watercolors and drawing a moth with pencil. The pictures show you the various stages. When I was satisfied with it, I copied it onto printer/fabric. After I added strip pieceing around the outside of it, I stitched through a layer of batting, and added some hand stitching for texture.