Monday, July 20, 2015

Hot summer walk, slides and local color

This week has been so hot but I continued working 
with varying the slides and their frames in my cool studio. 
  I did venture out for a walk in my neighborhood....
 to see all the color that summer brings.
 Beginning in our front yard and every other yard that has them, 
the crepe myrtle are full of heavy blossoms draping almost to the ground.
 Black-eyed Susans and Cone flowers are putting gold and pink in many yards.
 And, daisies are everywhere.
 Various colors of hydrangeas are almost through blooming.
And, I found only two gladiola on the whole street but this yellow one 
was on its last legs and so was I, so back to the cool studio.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Recycling Slides or Tossing Them? That is the Question.

Before June ends I want to add further explorations for recycling slides.
Much of this months was filled with many friends and relatives 
visiting DC for Clark's 90th birthday surprise party. 
This party day was organized, orchestrated, and produced 
by our daughter, Vicky, who along with her family
 gave Clark the biggest surprise of his life.
Now, back to the studio......
A month or so ago I started taking my old slides apart. 
I wanted to see if I could do something with 
the thousands I had besides throw them away.
 At about the same time it was discovered that I had a detached retina.
Discovering that it was hard to draw, at least with color, 
I spent most creative time varying ways to work with the slides.
 Painting or using markers......
 Removing the film and filling with small abstract drawings.....
 Embroidering symbols to fill the frames....
 Stitching the actual film on the sewing machine...
 Stitching film with colored thread or black so it wouldn't show...
 Filling painted frames with fabrics.....
And, just painting the frames with stripes.
I will continue working out ideas with the slide frames and film 
until I find a way to produce a finished object 
that I am happy with or till I've decided they should just be tossed.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Post surgery, exhibits and more

It has been too long since I added information on my blog 
about my art life and more.
Due to sudden surgery caused by a detached retina 
I have been lax in catching up.
 However life goes on. This embroidery titled ZINNIAS is
in a show, ART AND FLOWERS, organized by the
Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, NC.
 It will also be shown at the Rosenthal Art Gallery
 at Fayetteville State University until June 20.
 The Creative Craft Council of DC, Maryland and Virginia
ia having an exhibition opening June 8th until July 26th.
(8 by 28 inches, embroidered on painted canvas) 
is included in this show and....

 WINDOW BOX is as well.
WINDOW BOX is 22 by 11 inches, embroidered and quilted.
 The summer show  
at the National Academy of Sciences in DC 
It can be seen until October 19, 2015
My CADMIUM themed element piece uses embroidery, paint, 
nets and foils, and more odd materials on black denim.
Each of the 40 element art works is 36 by 22 inches and
all are composed of much that is not fabric and thread.

So, although my creativity was stopped for a short time, 
art works have gone out to various venues. 
I am back in the studio, working with one eye for the time being.
It is not slowing me down otherwise and 
I have been promised that all will return to normal some day.

Friday, April 24, 2015

New York and Springtime in DC

A week or so ago I visited New York and spent time with some good friends.
We visited some wonderful exhibits in several museums.

Returning home to Springtime in Washington, it seems that everything has started to bloom although the days are still cool.

 A quick colored pencil drawing of some tulips.
 Just looking out my front door this is the view I see from across the street.

 And, then on our front porch we have pansies that are supposed to live 
through very cold weather.
 The winter was too cold so these are new pansies.
Soon our azaleas and dogwood will be blooming 
so watch for more blossoms as well as some drawings.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cards and Slides and Recycling

It seems to have been a long winter and the cold weather is almost all gone.
I feel I have wasted a lot of this hibernation time 
and haven't added to my blog in a while but I have been thinking
about recycling.
This blog post will show bits and pieces of my work during the last very cold days.
 As I have mentioned before that when I need to work and 
do not have anything pressing, I work on notecards.
A while ago a friend gave me some beautiful old lace. 
Cutting some of it apart I stitched it on a few cards. 
 The colored pages in some magazines have beautiful ads and articles.
I save a lot of them for use in collages, notecards, and gift wrap. 
Often there are ads featuring rugs. 
These I cut out, resize, and sometimes recopy. 
Above an embroidered hyacinth on one of the rugs from a magazine ad.
 This rug I recopied and changed the color bit before adding some embroidery.
Saving the colored pages is a bit of recycling 
but I wanted to see what I could do with the thousands of slides I still have.
It seems waste to just toss so many old slides 
so I spent the last month trying ideas....
 Rather than keeping the slides whole I started taking them apart.
I had many cardboard frames and removed the film.
They stayed whole.
 The plastic frames opened like a book. 
Another way to redesign something?
 Now I have an endless supply of film. 
With the holes on two sides of the film, 
there must be unexplored ways to stitch through them.
 This will be in the next blog if something unusual does happen.
Some of the cardboard frames are dirty or have printing on them.
So, I have painted many of them black but am having 
a hard time finding a paint that goes on smoothly.
 Anthropologie, a favorite store of mine, has innovative thinking designers,
not for the clothes (although their many fashion designers are exceptional)
but for the store walls, shelves ceilings and windows. 
Each time I visit one of the Anthropologies in the Washington area 
I am fascinated to see how the store has changed.
The picture above was a backdrop in the Anthropologie window
when I visited on March 14.
 This window reminded me of what I was doing with the slide frames.
I filled a 12 by 12 inch board with these black framed marker colors.
Before painting the black frames I had been playing with the clean white frames.  
I was using them to fill with tiny abstract compositions.
I must admit that this was fun using colored pencils, markers and paint. 
I have now filled two 12 by 12 inch boards with these tiny abstractions.
With 36 on a 12 by 12 inch board, I have used 108 slide frames.
Is this a useful recycling project? Only time will tell.
Now back to painting more frames and figuring out how to use the film.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Three Museum Days

A week or so ago I spent three wonderful art days viewing 
the current exhibits at several museums with my daughter, Vicky.
The first stop was the National Building Museum where the 
unusual exhibit HOT TO COLD: 
An Odyssey of Architectural Adaption was held.
These were models, by the Scandinavian firm, Sagmeister & Walsh, 
cantilevered out from the arches on the second floor.
 They were arranged from Hot to Cold climates as you walked 
around the second floor viewing each model on a platform in an arch.
I'm sorry that I neglected to write down the area 
or city each building or group was planned for.
 This Hot To Cold was the mission of the Bjorke Ingels Group.
Each of these models was on a cantilevered platform that was 
approximately 5 feet wide extended into the open space about 3  feet.
The materials appeared  to be styrofoam, cardboard, and some plastics.
 Needless to say. We were enthralled with the design, 
detail and craftsmanship of each model.
 Our next stop was the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. 
We saw an exhibit of beautiful orchids and 
I took many many pictures but will post just this one.
We also saw two outstanding photography exhibits with 
huge prize winning photos. One of the American Wilderness 
and the other of Wild Animals of the world.
The next day we headed to the Phillips Collection to see 
two new shows just opening.
Man Ray: Human Equations, A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare. 
Some of the mathematical models were from the Sorbonne. 
Man Ray had used them (like the one above0 in drawings and paintings.
There was a video interview with Man Ray 
that explained a lot about his work, 
his artists friends, his homes, and art eras during his life.
The other new exhibit at the Phillips is a small but beautiful 
collection of Hiroshi Sugimoto's large sculpture and photographs.
This exhibit was titled: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models.
 After lunch we headed for the National Gallery of Art 
and spent the rest of the day there till it closed.
The new exhibit Piero Cosimo: The Poetry in Renaissance Florence
was the traveling show with some work that had never left Italy before.
There were 44 paintings with both religious themes  and mythological subjects.
 The El Greco exhibit was leaving the following weekend. 
We had to see that again as well. And, I always have to see 
one of my favorite rooms with the Flemish paintings. 
Caroline makes an excellent knowledgeable docent to go with us.
 The following Monday, Dominie Nash, Joan Dryer and I 
saw all the exhibits at the Hirshhorn Museum. 
On the ground floor there are huge graphic quotes 
(Barbara Kruger's Belief and Doubt) 
covering the walls, floor and ceiling. 
I took many pictures and this above is just one that I enjoyed.
This large hanging sculpture was on the third floor with the 
permanent collection.
On the second floor were many videos, collectively titled 
Days of Endless Time. 
Some were meditative, some beautiful, 
some hard to understand but all enlightening.
Those three days were full of such varied art.
I had a wonderful time with good friends and 
days like this should be repeated often.