Saturday, May 11, 2019

Tintoretto Exhibit, National Gallery of Art

Yesterday,Vicky and I went to the National Gallery of Art
to enjoy the large, in more ways than one, Tintoretto Exhibit.
It was a 500 year celebration of the birth 
of this Artist of Renaissance Venice.
Jacopo Timtoretto was born in 1519.
 I am particularly fond of drawings and found 
this preliminary drawing .....
used in a small spot in a near by painting .
I did not take many pictures because I was more interested 
in seeing and reading how he developed his paintings. 
He had many sculptures of human forms in his studio where 
he could make drawings in various perspectives .

 This small hanging sculpture was above the painting so one could 
see the relationship and how he used his various sculptures.
 I could see how he must have used actual models or sculptures 
to have the variety of positions and perspectives 
of the many bodies in some paintings.
So many of the male bodies have that muscular development 
one could see in Michelangelo's art.
 Had to include this writeup and b & w photo of the 
70 foot finished painting in the Doge's Palace.....because....
 This called an oil painting sketch of Paradiso 
must have been his maquette for the 70 foot final Paradiso. 
It appeared about 10 feet long to me., maybe more....

To end this short tour of the Tintoretto exhibit I wanted to show 
Tintoretto's version of The Last Supper. 
With the square table it is so very different 
than the more familiar,  to many,  Last Supper of Leonardo.
I enjoyed the whole day spending a long time with Tintoretto. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Current exhibitions

My time keeps flying by and it has been too long 
since I have added to this blog.
These images are of work at or going to current exhibitions.
My FICTIONAL FANTASY, below, is now in the Dreams exhibit at the
Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, NC

 And, this is the announcement card, front and back.

 New Image Artists are now showing at Capital One in 
Tysons Corner, VA.
My NOT ALWAYS GREEN is included as well as

This is an older piece that I have always liked.
Although the magnolia blossoms die
within one day I have added the embroidered leaves 
to indicate their aging by the color changes, from a bright green
 to a deep coppery color.
Much of this piece has 3D parts along with some insects.
 The Creative Crafts Council of Virginia, Maryland and DC
has an upcoming event of all crafts. This exhibition will be 
at Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, MD
From June 1 to July 31, 2019
My GATHERING IN will be in this exhibit.  
It is a two panel work that I finished in 2018

These are EYES for another show that will take place 
this summer in DC.
The measurements are 5 inches by 23 inches.
Machine embroidery on cotton.

Now I must get out and walk around to enjoy all 
the blooming trees and bushes before I return to the studio.

Monday, February 18, 2019

More note cards

Continuing to create a few note cards.....
I had run out of them and knew 
I wanted to send a card to birthday friends....
So here I go creating a series.
 I found a piece of fabric I had printed a few years ago ....
 I decided to fill it with stitches, but first.....
The original was an image of one of my art works.
Using PSE I put ithe image through several wandering changes. ...
 Ending up with a watery abstract.
Then cut them to fit the card with a magazine page frame.
In the meantime I am also working on 
and embroidering some multi-colored hands

These will eventually be put into a wall hanging.

Happy President's Day!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

When it freezes what do I do?

When we had the deep freeze followed by more snow 
what did I spend my time INSIDE doing?

 Besides enjoying watching my striped amaryllis bloom 
and bloom again.........
 I should have been spending all my time on creating work for 
upcoming exhibits, but I didn't.
 I thought of upcoming birthdays and started creating note cards....
 That is relaxing, sort of and sometimes.
 Time is spent exploring materials,
   searching for ideas and trying designs and formats .

My thought is that one of these just might be a sample 
for a large wall hanging, someday.
I do find collages and embroidery I have preciously
 created and try incorporating all into something new.
 It always ends up with more stitching necessary and replanning 
and more thought .....
I guess that is where the creativity come in.
I do enjoy the final construction.
More will come.....

Sunday, December 30, 2018

A small gift

During a day at the National Gallery of Art I was enjoying 
seeing many  trees like this surrounding 
the center fountain in the rotunda.

 Seeing all the decorations there and then 
at our daughter and son-in-law's (Vicky and Alan Fogg) home,
I found an acrylic painting I had created,
 probably 50 years ago.
 That made me think of the many gifts I used to make
when our children and their cousins were small.
Thinking of the three tiny great-grandchildren we now have 
there is one great granddaughter, now two years old.
 So, I thought she might be the one I could make something simple for.
Found this small soft knit dress that was cotton 
but it needed a bit of decorating. 
 These fictional butterflies have been machine embroidered 
and are pinned on styrofoam and drying. 
(I always boil away the stabilizer I use 
when embroidering on the sewing machine)
 Sewing them on to a knit fabric is not an easy trick. 
I did not want to put a stiff non-woven fabric on the inside 
of the dress so used lots of paper, inside, during the sewing of the butterflies. 
This then took tweezers to pull out all the bits of paper. 
No child wants bits of paper inside their clothing 
and their Mother does not want bits of paper in the laundry.
So I hope it works, fits, and wears well.
This tree with gifts was at the Fogg's home 
where we spent the day having lots of fun, much gift opening,
 and wonderful holiday meals. 
Their home has festive (not Festivus) decorations in every room.

To end the year in humor or humour since this
Aphorism came from a grand daughter (Hayley Adams) 
who had found a box of these aphorisms in London.

From Anton Chekov (1860 - 1904)
"Any idiot can face a crisis.
It is this day-to-day living that wears you out."

Have a creative 2019

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Note Cards and Autumn Colors on Election Day 2018

Today it is raining and has been raining all day, this election day, 2018.
 Many of the autumn leaves seem to brighter against the gray sky.
Spring Valley, DC
near 49th Street, NW

 I've been working on some note cards
and often repeat designs.....
Above black thread is embroidered on white tulle.....

and reversing the design, white thread embroidered on 
a dark striped fabric on this second card.
Butterfly embroidered on tulle flying over a magazine garden.
A lot of driving around in the rain this morning and 
at the same time enjoying the colors ........
 Eventually pulling into the Palisades Field House to vote 
and then leaving to do more errands.
More embroidery on a notecard...........
here an iris on a hand painted silk fabric. 
 Gold thread zinnias on a darker blue cotton. 
Difficult combination kind of swallows the embroidery.
Finally at home and the view from my office.....
We do have  a lot of wires above ground in the District. 
I could PhotoShop them out but then it wouldn't be the view I have.
 A red embroidered bird stands by itself on a striped paper.
 A special card with an embroidered view of the winged lion 
of Saint Mark's on its blue background, flanked by columns.
To be seen guarding many important places in Venice. 

This is the  end of a rainy day, colored leaves, and 
the notecards created for the past month.
This foreign money is a preview of upcoming projects
Keep posted.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Fictional Fantasy from beginnings to end.

It has been a while since I have added to my blog.
This, below, is one reason why.

Looking at these two fabrics, I thought they ought to blend into 
? something?
And, might make a different background for some embroidery.
 At the same time I had been looking at three fabrics I liked and 
wanted to use but didn't want to cut them up.
 So after staring at these printed materials for a while (I am slow) 
I thought, instead of cutting them up I would take some of their
designs and reinterpret them into embroidered images to use someway?
 Actually this was a lot of fun.....designs were interesting 
to recreate into various colors and change sizes at the same time.
So I made a lot of these separate embroideries not knowing 
where they were to go or if they would fit into anything.
 I kept making them, just enjoying the process.
 Thinking I was wasting a lot of time and effort I began 
to lay them out on some designs on paper, 
trying to find some way to connect them.
 I spent time looking at each of them on that fabric 
I wanted to use as a background.
 Thinking of some way to connect these images
 that did not seem to connect I started drawing several ideas on paper.
Finally ended up with a tree or vine or scroll shape. 
 Not wanting to take away from those muted colors  
I chose a grayed green to kind of blend into the background.
 Trying that bird, that sort of stood out, on the background 
I wanted to see how it looked on those leaves.....not good.
 Started laying out these embroideries to make some kind 
of sense on the double background I did many rearrangements.
I eliminated quite a few of the embroideries 
that did not fit either for their color or too much of the same thing.
 Over several weeks of rearranging I finally decided this was a fantasy.
 To me, fantasies seem to have no connection with reality and this surely didn't.
I was not looking for a correct composition. Why Not?
At this point I had not sewn down the scroll or any of the images, 
just kept playing with them but finally decided I had to stop. I was
never going to get to the perfect arrangement, so just started to sew. 
Below is the final in a picture I took. 
I am now ready to have my photographer take some photos of this 
Fictional Fantasy.