Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fiber exhibits both real and digital

Time has been flying past my previous creative work keeping it 
at a stand still as I work on a commission. 
I am still collecting butterfly photos....
.... while the  many finished butterflies are waiting
 to be included in an art work.
At this time my 'Variations on K' artwork is included in this SPUN exhibit.
Variations on K (KISS) is 24 by 18 inches.
Kiss in many languages including sign language.
Embroidery on hand-dyed cotton fabric.
'No Answer' (belowis 23 by 20 inches and will be 
in the digital exhibit titled 'To The Point' 
at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego 
in early October.
In case you cannot read the words in No Answer
the letters are created with window screening 
and then covered with thread.
 The words say, "What is the Question?"
 When I finish the commission 
 I will write about the steps 
it took in creating the final art work.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Art Work Comes and Goes

Often my artwork comes and goes. 
Some pieces travel further than I have ever travelled.
 Not Always Green has recently returned form The Taiwan 
International Quilt Exhibition 2016 in Tainan City, Taiwan.
Window Box is now at the International Korea  Bojagi Exhibit 
in Seoul, South Korea
KISS: In Any Language is leaving tomorrow
 to go to the SPUN 2016 Innovative Fiber Exhibition 
in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The opening will be September 10, 2016.  
 Three Flowers left the studio for places unknown. 
They may be at Vicky Fogg's desk at
the Washington Post or where ever she wanted to hang it.?
 I have been thinking about butterflies for the past month 
and wondering how I can show them as the delicate 
winged creatures they are. Perhaps in a cluster.
Maybe as small lacy versions of themselves?
And I am looking at old paintings. 
This is probably 5 by 6 feet,  50 years old, 
and loosely painted on plywood.
Keep watching as I love a puzzle 
and don't know what is coming next.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Choosing a new desk with more possibilities

A couple of weeks ago I visited Vicky Fogg at the Washington Post.
She gave me a brief tour of their new building.
Wile waiting for her to finish the Style section layout for the next day,
I enjoyed watching her at work while she was SITTING at her desk. 
I emphasize the word 'sitting' because she had told me 
she had a 'stand-up' desk and I wanted to see it.
 She immediately stood up and pulled her desk up in about 2 seconds.

This interested me because at a conference a year or so ago
 I had listened to a lecture on standing to work.
I felt that sitting at the computer and sitting
 at my sewing machine was a lot of sitting.
So for the next week I checked several adjustable stand up desks 
on the Internet, reading the information and reviews. 
I liked the look of this one as it also came in white. 
However I finally decided there may be too much light 
bouncing off the broad desk top. 
And, my printers, scanner, and desk chair are all black.
So, I bought the Flexispot 35 inch desk top.
 Today we had a good friend help setting it up in my office. 
It weighs 55 pounds so we did need a good strong helper.
Here it is on my desk in the low position.
By the way, this low position is actually better for my posture 
while sitting as my computer needed to be higher.
 And, here it is at the height I need to stand and work. 
There are 12 heights available. and a lot of space on the top shelf.
I am standing here now checking pictures for this blog 
and have just abut finished writing. 
I do find that I kind of wander around back and forth 
while working in this stand up position,
and if I get tired of standing I can sit down in about 2 seconds 
as it raises and lowers quickly and easily. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Self-Portraits, Making Aging Choices

How often do artists think about creating a self-portrait? 
Either we need a photograph of ourselves for publication 
or would like to try a self-portrait in our chosen medium.
For years I have used this photo as it seemed to fit catalog
 requirements and filled the aged or aging look I was going after. 

 I tried variations of my photograph.
It seems you need either a photograph or 
to look in a mirror to create a self-portrait
 Over the years I have collected many magazine pages 
and thought I'd make use of some in a paper self-portrait. 
35 by 30 inches 
 A detail shows paper is glued onto Pellon and then sparely stitched.
Several years ago I had started an alphabet series that may never be finished.
Using my old photograph I repeated it with variations
  creating 9 small quilts. 
These 9 were then stitched onto window screening.
This detail of the center square was created with free-motion machine embroidery
The final piece was titled Variations on 'P' (for portrait)
45 by 39 inches
 A few years ago the New Image Artists decided to have 
a self-portrait themed show.
 I worked on the idea of A Page From My Sketchbook
 Embroidered and quilted, A Page From My Sketchbook is 25 by 23 inches
 I had this artwork juried into Pfaff's Self-Portrait Embroidery Exhibit, 
held in France
 A detail of 'Art of Embroidery, with Apologies to Magritte'
Painted, embroidered and quilted, 25 by 17 inches
 After all the years using the same image for most catalogs and articles 
and although I hate the thought of aging,  
I started thinking that I should use a more up to date photo.
Spencer, our grandson took this picture.

 Alexandra, our granddaughter, took this one 
while we were having lunch one day.
Just because I wanted to try a changing look, 
I drew a couple of self-portraits taken from photographs. 
 I'm calling this pair  '35 YEARS'
They are graphite and 12 by 12 inches.
(And, what a difference 35 years makes on a body.) 
Not sure I want to create any current self-portraits.
I still haven't solved the photo I might use for publication, problem, yet.
I may stick to my old  hat and dark glasses image.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Drawing, Pipes and Plumbing

I don't know when I became so enamored with plumbing 
or pipes in general, but I do love to draw them. 
 Found this lovely old pipe with the blue top someplace
 in our basement area.
Colored pencil drawing.
 Another drawing of an old faucet in my laundry tub.
 I thought I ought to have a drawing of a new gleaming faucet
 to complement the old one so I found this in the bathroom at a motel.
 Wandering the grounds of the old Navy Training Station in San Diego
I kept finding similar groups of pipes on many corners, 
all painted bright colors. This was just one example. 
Never could get that blueish color bright enough 
or with enough contrast with my colored pencils.
 These two drawings are of pipes I saw in an 
old building against a cinder block wall.
I so liked the shapes and the colors i decided to
 embroider these pipes or plumbing or whatever they were.
The embroidery on the right was enlarged a bit 
more than the original drawing
Finally finished this pair of embroideries....however, 
I felt they needed something so had a couple 
of birds fly in to roost on them.

Friday, May 27, 2016

New York trip continued

So much more art to see in New York.
Our first stop was at the Met's Breuer (formerly the Whitney)
 The large exhibit at the Breuer was a wonderful example 
of art through the ages that was considered unfinished. 
 Part of the artwork did appear unfinished but some did not.
 I had neglected to write down each of the artist's names 
as I was photographing their work and I am sorry about that.
 I am always fascinated when hands are the theme of the art, 
whether drawn, painted, or sculptural.
This one in marble is by Louise Nevelson.
 A small mixed media work.
 Who would ever guess that this 6 panel 
(approximately 5 feet high) painting is by Cy Twombly.
I had to read the signage to discover the artist's name.
This drawing was not in the Unfinished exhibit but off in a side gallery. 
I could not believe that this tiny work was drawn. 
It looked so much like a photograph of basket weaving or a textile.
 Walking to the lower East Side we were searching for a tiny store
we had read about. It is CW Pencils Enterprise, 
a tiny shop filled with all kinds of pencils, erasers, 
pencil sharpeners and a few small notebooks.  
 A door in SOHO full of character
 On a rainy day, views from a gallery window on West 57th Street.
We were viewing a very large Gerhard Richter show at the
Marian Goodman Gallery 
 On a warm day we walked up to the Jewish Museum 
on the upper East Side to see the Isaac Mizrahi  exhibit.
As we entered the show, there was a huge panel of his fabric bits. 
In an alcove we saw many of his drawings on two walls 
facing each other with books in between. 
 This canvas coat fascinated me as it was painted after 
being constructed. Gives one good ideas for painting 
after rather than before sewing.
 Mizrahi's Coca Cola dress. Tiny paillets were cut from 
coke cans and then sewn on the entire dress.
 The last stop is the new Whitney down at the beginning 
of the Hgh Line. This picture is of the floor of the elevator.
The final view is from the fourth floor balcony of the Whitney.
Now to stay home and get to work in the studio.