Friday, January 17, 2020

Too Many Good Times......

It seems I left my blog toward the end of October and then you know how the holidays interfere with writing. But my last ending was in the middle of the World Series and you must all know how that ended. It was a most exciting time for someone who has watched practically every single game for the last, at least 3 years. And, also to understand how very unbelievable all who were long time or good fans could hardly believe it. It really was unbelievable as each game most of us knew it would be lost, so to see so many wins was as I said 'unbelievable'.


Then came Thanksgiving and one granddaughter (theVirginia granddaughters) all are big fans so Alexandria designed a World Series Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece. There were so many things to see it really takes a hundred pictures but there isn't room so just a couple here.

The table seated 15 or so.... 
Hundreds of baseballs in varying sizes used a place cards, also.

The Nats and their WS trophies in three sizes, 
this is Pennsylvania Avenue where the parade took place....
so there was the pink fog sprinkled all over the gray street.
It took studying the whole centerpiece to see all she included.
Then for Christmas I received
 The BOOK
 And for my desk

And for my head.
Please forgive my over abundance of Nats cheering....
There was more going on during the last couple of months.
Christmas followed Thanksgiving.
One day spent at the National Gallery to celebrate Caroline Fogg's birthday.
All the Christmas flowers shown in the atrium, always beautiful.

I chose this year to give some of my art as gifts. 
I spent a lot of time choosing the artwork and then 
writing letters to explain why 
I chose a specific item for each recipient.
Included here are some I gave.






Those above are all colored pencil drawings.
And, to end todays blog
 some of the stitched and embroidered gifts.






That is enough for one day but a lot more
 needs to be written, images, and information, given 
to give this blog a reason to come back to find out more.
I will be back and, much sooner.




Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Summer in to the Fall

Much has happened in the last couple of months,
Here is a brief list.
Two works were selected to go into the Art in Embassies program.
SIX BIRDS, each panel is 8 by 8 inches.
These panels were machine embroidered after a bird watching tour
I took through the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains 
of California and Nevada
The second piece chosen is WING CHAIRS, Nine 8 by 8 inch panels.
These two artworks are now in the Embassy of Montenegro.

The SDA (Surface Design Ass) always has a member's show
during their conventions.  
The requirement this year was a 10 by 10 inch square

Since I am interested in using up rather than tossing away,
I took my embroidered butterfly and added it to a piece I had cut up. 
The result is titled LOST IN A MAZE

Barbara Smith visited in October and wanted to go to the Hirshhorn.
We both wanted to see the huge Mark Bradford art
 that covered the walls of the entire circle on the third floor.
Layers of paper, many inches thick, were cut and torn away
  uncovering colors and more in irregular rows.
Above, two details from  Mark Bradford's PICKETT'S CHARGE

In one small room behind Pickett's Charge
 is a small show titled DIALOGUE of elegant paintings by
Lee Ufan 

During October our New Image Artists had a show at the 
Artists and Makers Gallery in Rockville
Our show was titled FOOTNOTES 2019. 
We each created one or more pieces that were 12 by 12 inches.
We could choose to work in any way we wished.
I cut up a work of large collaged fabric piece that I had never finished,
creating two pieces, I call ORDERLY CHAOS 1 and 2.

This 12 by 12 is LEAVES OF FALL.
Originally I had created only leaves 
 using a different technique for each leaf
For this show, I added the butterfly and bee.

Toward the end of October was Dominie Nash's big birthday.
For her birthday lunch, I decided to make a 
centerpiece showing many of her artworks.
Verena Levin added the branches to her lunch table 
and also made a delicious birthday cake.

During this summer, and the last couple of summers as well, I watched 
almost every baseball game played by our Nationals.
It has been very exciting seeing them do so well and go so far as the World Series.
So I am holding my breath to see .....
the end.


Saturday, July 6, 2019

July 4th, Before and After

This past month I have been working with paper mâché 
creating rocks for the New Image installation, maybe.
I say 'maybe' as our plans are not finalized and I am thinking ahead.

 These are painted a dark color because I want the crevices and holes
 to show up after I add a couple of dry brush lighter colors.
I hope, then, they will appear as rocks.
 And, I have been creating flower branches or stems
for fictitious blooms. Most of the paper I tried was too weak,
 tearing when I tried to manipulate it. 
A good friend gave me a lot of foreign money that is very strong 
and impossible to tear. This was a perfect paper.
I began matching colors for each branch. 
There are 4 or 5 blossoms on each stem.
I have plans for more creative uses for this money.

 On July 4th I went to the Palisades Parade on MacArthur Blvd. in DC. 
I walked from the beginning to almost the end taking pictures 
on this extremely hot and humid day.
 This is really a neighborhood parade and has grown 
over the years, now about 2 hours long.....
 ending at the Palisade Rec Center where 
hotdogs and watermelon and punch is for everyone, 
but also the fire department has their fire hoses running to cool everyone.
 Besides bands loud music, dancers, bag pipes and 
assorted decorated bicycles, cars, trucks and horses.....
 There are a lot of political groups with signs.
 Lots of police cars blocking all the streets....

 Some groups tossed out wrapped candies
 And the lots of colorful dancers and marchers.

 I did not see the end of the parade and I did not photograph everything, 
but with this small showing I felt everyone could enjoy our parade.

Now on to creative work.