Friday, March 20, 2015

Newest Dijanne Cevaal Collaboration

"Lady Jane" (16"x28") started with one of Dijanne Cevaal's original linocuts.  This one from her Medieval Project, inspired by the architectural statuary in Chartres.

I have combined machine and hand stitching.  I always enjoy having some on-going hand stitching project at the ready for those nights that we sit and watch TV.  Therefore, over time much of my work includes both hand and machine stitches.

Lady Jane
This piece's title came from my wonderfully, serendipitously uncovering a piece of border print that was designed by Jane Sassaman some time ago.  Certainly reinforces my natural behavior of collecting (and hoarding?) fabric that appeals to me.  The addition of green French knots in her border print helps relate the image and reinforce the 'leaf' imagery on Lady Jane's lapel (hard to see here that it is foiled in the blues and greens)

Now time to start a new piece for Jon Stewart's last year at bringing me my TV news.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Brief update

There is SO much to do before the end of March.  Why?  Glad you asked.  I am GETTING OUT OF THIS #@$* SNOW!  We are heading west.  And before I do I have a V9-3 Challenge to complete and a t-shirt quilt as a donation to our town's high school graduation project.  (Remember that I was never saying yes again?  That resolution lasted about 30 days.)

At the end of April I will be attending SAQA's annual conference in Portland OR.  Can hardly wait.

I made a small 6X8" piece to donate to the dinner auction.  Pensive Crow is created from an African hand-dyed scrap, stamped with one of my own crows, machine stitched, a bit of pastel stick with the background hand stitched.
Pensive Crow

I have the opportunity to choose a tour of Portland:  Any suggestions?
  • Tour #1: Exploring Alberta Arts District (By private car.) 
  • Tour #2: Exploring Southeast Portland (By private car.)
  • Tour #3: Exploring The Pearl District (By Streetcar and/or MAX)
  • Tour #4: Exploring Downtown Portland (By Streetcar and/or MAX)
  • Tour #5: Exploring Fabric Depot (By personal car)
  • Tour #6: Afternoon Trip to Multnomah Falls (By personal car.  5 person minimum)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Viewpoints9 Reveal Day!

It all about PLAYING.  Even though I posed Viewpoints9-2  this challenge myself, I had no idea of how I would approach it.  After weeks of mulling, going to my studio and tidying, which is my practice when I'm looking for inspiration.  As my husband tells me "Go play in your fabric".  It worked!

It occurred to me that I should approach this as I were to invent a game.  Taking only fabric from my scrap bin, I challenged myself to create a playful piece.

It was great fun.  A bit like a archeological dig, truth be told.  I uncovered bits large and small that I hardly recognized...old friends.  Some of my hand-dyed, some discharged, vintage, African, Australian Aboriginal designs, and Japanese.   All right there in the bin.  No wonder my granddaughter has such fun playing in it.

Jump over to the Viewpoints9-2 blog and check out the other participants "PLAYING"
Playing with Scraps 18" x 27"

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Woodland 6"x6"
Our local art center is hosting their annual Winter Party.  They are providing 6" square canvases to local artists who would like to donate to this fundraiser.

Woodland is my donation this year.  It is hand-dyed piece from Carol Eaton, inked with one of my hand-cut tree stamps, free-motion stitched, oil pastel and oil stick colored.

Check it out:

Monday, February 9, 2015

71st Annual CT Artists Exhibition

Weather warnings made little impact on the crowds attending the Opening Reception yesterday at The Slater Memorial Museum.  The place was packed!  As were the walls and the showcases.  It is a visual wonderland.  The exhibit will be in place through March 20, 2015.  If you are in the area, it's certainly worth going! (not just because mine is there...)

A few iPhone pics:
Waterholes between oil paintings

Main Gallery 


Saturday, January 31, 2015

News! Accepted!

I am delighted to have had one of my Color of Place series accepted into The Slater Museum of Art's upcoming 71st Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition.  This show features the work of Connecticut artist including painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography and sculpture.  It will be open Feb 8 thru Mar 20.  The Opening Reception, open to all, is Sunday, Feb 8, 1:00-3:00pm.  Come join me!

What a grand way to start 2015!
Waterholes 27"x51"

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I think I have bitten off more than I can chew (surprise? I think not)

As old as I am, you would not think I would be naive.  When I joined the SAQA Board of Directors last May, I forgot to ask what my job would be.  Ooops.  Membership Committee?  Wonderful!  My heart is with the Regions and their support of our membership.  

Then I realized there never has been a standing MC, issues were addressed on an ad hoc basis.  SO.  In on the ground floor, so to speak.

Can I just say that absolutely everything is related to Membership?  Okay, maybe not Exhibits, directly. 

Interestingly, I started loosing my hair this summer.  Doc is working on thyroid angle but admits it could be stress.

On the heavily positive side, I have had the opportunity of working with some WONDERFUL, committed, talented members.  Just that is a grand place to be.  After I took a deep breath, let go of my stress (step at a time philosophy seems to be working) I can envision how important this committee's contribution to its members can be.  Yep, a wonderful place to be.

This, in part, keeps me not-so-productive in my own studio....or blogging for that matter.  I have taken Work in Progress snaps of the two pieces that I've worked on this year.  "Where Have All the Cattails Gone?" is now completed and photographed.  The Heron is still a WIP with the background mostly quilted...many more layers will be added. But you get the idea.
Heron WIP

Where have all the cattails gone WIP
You MAY need to remind me of this at some point in the resolution for 2015 is NOT to volunteer for another thing!  I have enough in the way of commitments.

Stop Me Before I Volunteer Again!  I used to have cocktail napkins (gift from knowledgeable friend) with those words printed on it.  I should have it emblazoned on a throw pillow, a tee-shirt, a bath towel, an apron, key ring....I have to remember it!  Resolved.