Thursday, July 3, 2014

Updating my web site:

The last couple of days I/we have been updating my web site. 
That is Jeanne Williamson, my web master(tress), has been 
doing all the technical work along with some suggestions. 
I have been watching, checking, and seeing the changes as they develop.
The web site needed a major overhaul. 
Colors to me, seem to always make the biggest impact.
It is amazing to see how my work changes as the background 
went from black to light blue. 
I know the relation of one color to a neighboring color 
and then add extreme contrast and I was surprised to see the result.
 Besides adding new color, Jeanne added some different work.
This piece, EARLY SKETCH is 9 by 12 inches. 
Free-motion machine embroidery on a commercial fabric. 
Jeanne made a detail for the web site
 to show the stitches but you will have to pull the web site up to see it.
The design came from a black and white drawing 
I had sketched when I was about 16  years old.
 This piece titled RELAXED TRIPTYCH is 28 by 30 inches.
The embroidery is entirely zig zag stitching on canvas.
The designs were taken from 3 small oil paintings from my 30's 
before I moved into acrylics.
There were several other new pieces added to the web site.
The home page shows a detail of a piece and there is now a 
GALLERY page where you will find all the information about my various series.
This was quite a lengthy adventure and may need a bit of tweaking 
 but for the near future it will stay till new work is added.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gravers Lane Gallery trip

Last Friday we drove up to the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia.
 The streets are cobblestone and the atmosphere is historic
with unique shops and restaurants.
 This mural on the side of one of the shops drew my attention
while on an early morning walk.
 We had come to Chestnut Hill to attend the reception 
at Gravers Lane Gallery for Barbara Lee Smith.
 In and near the front window of the gallery was work
 by another friend, Joan Dreyer.
 Barbara's work was throughout the gallery with more of the 
beautiful art set apart in a second room.
The Friday night crowd enjoyed her landscapes and 
seasonal, atmospheric hangings on all the walls.
We all enjoyed our stay at the unique Chestnut Hill Hotel 
which had two buildings. The walkway between 
had tables and chairs and flowers blooming everywhere. 
These colorful chairs surrounding a fire pit and a fountain
were toward the rear of the hotel and in front of 
an adjoining Farmer's Market.
It was beautiful weather and a good trip.

Monday, June 9, 2014

New Textile Museum at GWU and a sale

Saturday, June 7, we visited the new Textile Museum site 
at George Washington University.
 Always enjoying architectural details I took this picture 
before going up the spiral staircase to see the exhibition space.
And, below, another view toward the spiral staircase.
The upstairs and downstairs exhibition spaces were mammoth in size 
and grand in height. 
The colors on the walls are rich and different at each level.
There are small exhibition spaces in the connecting older building. 
The lowest level has many large rooms for preparing textiles for exhibit.
The entire building is wonderful and will be enjoyed by all 
those who work there as well as all the visitors
 I received good news today by email. The piece below,
WALLS AND DOORS, I've shown before, was sold.
The City f Decatur, Georgia bought it.
 It is one of the 80, 8 by 8 inch pieces that look better 
hung in a horizontal straight line. 
However long narrow pieces do not photograph well 
in small spaces, hence this cross format.
Detail of Walls and Doors was taken from a photograph of a shop  in Tuscany.

Now a question. I am thinking of changing the background color 
of my web site. What colors as well as text colors are annoying to look at and read?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Recent catalogs and publications

The month of May brought several catalogs, to my attention.
 The Radical Elements exhibit has a catalog with two pages 
for each artist. Both a statement about their element 
and a list of the unusual materials defining the subject are included.
My Cadmium element piece has been seen here previously 
and here it is again in the catalog.
 This month a friend gave me this winter Gallery Guide for the DC area. 
I was surprised to see a picture of my Wide Load in 
the listing for the Waverley Street Gallery in Bethesda, MD
 The SAQA Regional exhibit, Tarnish produced this small catalog.
Christine Adams and Lesley Riley were the co-curators. 
My Sitting Still, Life was in this show at VisArts in Bethesda, MD.
 The Texas Quilt Museum produced this their first catalog 
for their exhibit, Butterflies and their Beautiful Kin. 
Part of the show was juried and part invitational.
 My Variations on B was included in the invitational section. 
I am pleased to have it in this quite wonderful exhibit.
The month of May flew by with wonderful exhibits at many venues. 
And, fun days were spent with our Granddaughters 
and their husbands, Lindsey, Brandon, Hayley, and Brant. 
I would recommend the 3 hour Segway tour.
It beats the pedestrian tour of the monuments.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Note Cards and time

Most of May has been filled with wonderful yet busy 
and time consuming events.
The studio time was limited to a short time to make note cards
Here are a few using embroidery on found pictures. 
 Starting with good quality Strathmore cards  
speeds up the process, a bit.
 Occasionally I find pieces of painted canvas to add.
 Trees remain a favorite and I love putting them in doors.
 Ah! the tropics!
 Another butterfly with one of my favorite flowers.
 A small tree in a vase.
Lastly some found machine embroidery.
I am beginning to get back to the real studio time and 
working on some abstracted architectural compositions.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Shows on now during the month of May

My element, Cadmium is in the Radical Elements show 
until it ends here on May 9.
I feel that this exhibit ought to be shown in 
every science gallery or museum 
as it is a blending of art and science.
 A detail above showing the paint colors associated with cadmium.
 This Radical Elements exhibit showcases 40 artists,
 each with a different element to render any way they desire.
Each piece is the same size, 36 by 22 inches. 
Artists were encouraged to use everything but fabric and thread.
The TARNISH exhibit is a SAQA Regional show
 May 2 to June 1, 2014 at
            VisArts, 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20855
            Reception: May 9, 7 to 9 PM
     There will be an artists talk on May 18 at 2 PM  
 Sitting Still, Life is my piece in this Tarnish exhibit.
It is 37 by 39 inches, free-motion machine
 embroidery and appliqué on cotton fabrics.
 May 1 to June 15, 2014
            Verizon Gallery at Ernst Community Cultural Center
            8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
            Reception May 10, 2 to 4, Trudi VanDyke is the Curator
Above is my Catching the Moment, 30 by 25.5 inches
My Conversations, below, is also in the Exploring show.
Below a detail from Conversations
Conversations is 30 by 40 inches,
Free-motion machine embroidery with piecing and paint.
 LIVING WITH ART: Real Art for Real People 
March 13 to June 30, 2014
            Washington Technology Park, 1500 Conference Center Drive
            Chantilly, Virginia
Virginia, NC, Maryland, DC, West Virginia, SAQA Regional
Curated by Mary Beth Bellah
My Yard Art Tools in this show is a triptych. 
Each piece is 20 by 15 inches, 
free-motion machine embroidery on a fabric background.
There is a lot of textile art to see this month 
in the Washington DC area

Monday, April 28, 2014

Walking Among the Flowering Trees

Yesterday walking out our front door I looked 
across the street at this double flowering cherry tree.
 Walking down to MacArthur Blvd the entire middle strip
 has this long row of trees blooming as far as you can see.
In both directions you see pink. 
 When the wind blows you have pink snow falling on you.
Looking up at this red bud reminded me of a Van Gogh 
I saw not long ago.
It is hard to stay inside and work in the studio 
with all of this blooming outside, 
but nature does give colorful seasonal inspiration.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Center for Disease Control publishes this magazine. Information about it and the mask is below.
Volume 20, Number 5—May 2014
About the Cover
Courage Unmasked

Sharon Bloom 
Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia,

Radiation treatment for head and neck cancer involves the use of custom-molded plastic mesh masks placed over the head and shoulders to immobilize the patient and facilitate the stereotactic positioning of radiation beams. This month’s cover art was selected from the “Courage Unmasked” project, which was founded by Cookie Kerxton, a head and neck cancer survivor and artist, who during one such treatment session envisioned the use of art to both raise awareness of and support fellow patients in need. After the discarded masks have been transformed into works of art, they are exhibited and auctioned off.

Fiber artist B.J. Adams was one of more than 100 artists invited to create art from used radiation masks with materials of their choice. Inspired by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1593), who created portraits by using objects, such as flowers, vegetables, and fruit, Adams chose brightly colored artificial flowers and insects to create a spring-like mask to symbolize rebirth and rejuvenation. Adams was born in California and studied fine art; she has been working in mixed media for ≈60 years and lives in Washington, DC.
As was stated my inspiration for covering this mask came from Arcimboldo.

I have long admired the imagination and creative thinking that went into these wonderful portrait paintings. 
It was quite a surprise to have my flowery mask chosen for the cover to represent the many really unusual masks created by so many artists
who took part in this continuing project.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ironic Identities, drawings and embroidery.

Sometime ago I drew these colored pencil renderings of
tools I found around the house and garage. 
They are actual size in the sketch book.
I started this small quilt, based on a rack of tools I found 
in the garage, a while ago. 
They are smaller than the original drawings.
Finally finished it and just had it photographed.
There are things you don't see before quilts are 
photographed. I may have to redo the upper right corner.
The bunch of ropes is not a noose.
The title is Ironic Identities. 19 by 26 inches.
Adding the non-tools along with the hardware gave me 
another chance for an odd juxtaposition of images 
as well as the title.