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.

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.