Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving 2020....a very unusual year.


Since today is Thanksgiving, I feel it is appropriate to fill in events since I last wrote.
I am grateful to have this time to remember this fall, 
not as colorful as in the past but that may be because  
I have not been out driving around the country-side seeing all the falling leaves.

We do have this bright red Japanese Maple in our front yard.
The view with the sun lighting the leaves has an Amazon truck
giving us a dark background.
Walking to the curb and enjoying all the brightness of this tree 
as it colors and covers our street.

I did finish one piece before the deadline for an upcoming show. 
The theme for this show is Imagination.
The parameters for the work had to be 4 feet by 1 foot.


The title of my work is IMAGINE COMPROMISE

This is the  drawing for the handshake and below the detail

Ch
Sorry, that first word above in the statement was CHOOSING

And below a few of the cards some finished and some in the works.
This first one below was for my neighbor, Julia on her 98th birthday.

This next one for our daughter, Vicky's birthday, in late August.
She would never have time to just lay on an chaise lounge,
so I gave her this one.
The next few have not gone out yet.

This one with an embroidered bird.

And this with tiny furniture.

These are all collages with most pictures cut from shelter magazines.


For our  great grandson, Golden,
we have seen enjoy tide pools....
And the inside of that card with trucks we believe he may still enjoy.
An unfinished card for a good friend

 And the inside with pictures he has given me.


Don't because this year will end soon and who knows what happens next.
....As it says here.....
I will try to add more small art news soon.



Friday, July 10, 2020

Artwork and more during the Pandemic

I had neglected to show the work (except in details)
 previously as these artworks were being saved for the New Image Artists 
exhibit at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.
The theme for that show is ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
so I included the game. Using Granddaughter Alexandra's
hands, on the left and Clark's hands, on the right, playing the game.
 For months past I had developed large papier mache rocks 
and other things made with paper.
We are also creating very large scissors to be arranged on a wall.
 This is IMPERFECT INTENTIONS 
also created for the Rock Paper Scissors exhbit.
 Imperfect because the arrangement is scissors, rocks, and paper.
Above, some of the scissors are embroidered, 
all the rocks are embroidered and
 the paper uses pleated foreign money.
 Much of June was taken up embroidering this 
old sewing machine for an article in the 
Local Living section of the Washington Post.
The article's subject was about how so many people are dusting off
 their old machines to make masks during the pandemic.
That is why I added the tiny red fabric mask to that old machine 
before it was finally photographed for the cover.
The decision to show the ragged edges of the white fabric
came about because the embroidery didn't show up as stitched thread.
 It looked like it had been printed.


 I had asked our grandchildren
 (adults now, all living in their own homes) 
since they had to continue their jobs at home, 
if they had created an office or desk space to go to each day.
Caroline sent me this picture, above, of her office at home. 
She has since bought a new chair to be more comfortable.
I enjoy making cards and wanted to do one for her half birthday.
I took her little home office picture and collaged it into a different space.
That gave me ideas for other collaged cards.

 Since I enjoy still-life art I started cutting out pictures
from magazines to make a group of still-life cards.
 Not as easy or fast as I thought it might be,
 but it is fun to do. I actually had to hunt for
and cut much more than I planned.
 I did take time to stitch some tiny embroideries 
to add in some cards. 
Above the bird and a flower in the vase are embroidered.
 And in this one, another embroidered flower or plant and
a bird perched on the arm of that chair.

Below, this last collage I created for the book of memories 
that our daughter, Vicky compiled from friends and relatives
 for Clark's 95th birthday.

Someday our lives may be back to normal, whatever that is, 
but in the meantime, our lives can be so full of
 many virtual things to do and see.
Having exercise classes available and
 to be able to see Hamilton was such a treat 
besides virtual tours of museums, 
National Parks, lectures, and on and on.
I feel lucky and need a 48 hour day to do and see so much.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

What has been going on during this quarantined pandemic

Since I last wrote I have been wearing a mask
 and using disposable gloves whenever venturing forth.
It almost seems normal now to see empty streets and grocery stores.
I get some deliveries and have curb picked-up at a couple 
of restaurants that are closed to all else.
It has been two months since I last wrote. 
Several celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, and Mother's Day
have past with many greetings On-line,
many Zoom meetings, conversations, and games
have been played.

 For Mother's Day, I received these plants
for the two very empty pots on our front porch
 Also, this lovely indigo and white Shibori tea towel, card, and book,
 found on our front porch.
And in the mail delivery, 
a stand that can connect to a table and then hold my iPad.
 In March there had been a call-out for sewers 
to create hand-made masks to
 then be delivered to several hospitals.
 I made just 20 for Suburban Hospital and 
then a couple for neighbors and our use.
 Then, another Call to Artists by ArtWatch for 
a project to thank hospital workers for everything.
 This project was to create a small (4 by 6 inch) 
piece of art on an index card or cardboard..
 Remembering the note cards I made months ago 
I used the same idea, slide frames, 
painted and filled with fabrics or colored pictures. 
 I had been enjoying pleating the foreign money, so,
 added to one of the index cards. 
These were then sent to a staging address 
where they will be delivered, as our thanks, 
to all the hospital workers in this area.
 Each day that I take a walk, I absorb such beautiful colors..
 I always come home wanting to use colors any way I can, quickly.
So with the machine just waiting for me, 
I add a small bit of color and lay it aside for another time.

I hope to get back to three other embroidery projects, soon.
There has never been enough time for so much 
I want to do despite the fact that we all are staying at home.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Coronavirus Found time?

When everything was closed and all appointments and meetings were canceled
I thought that I had found some time and how could I put it to use.
Of course, I was going to draw and exercise every day, 
clean out cupboards and shelves, organize my studio and read more.
How have I done these past two weeks? 
My plan did not work as I had expected

This is as far as my drawing has gone, just a start.
I wanted to draw some colorful zinnias

 I did finish one piece for the New Image Artists' upcoming exhibit.
This is a detail of an artwork I titled IMPERFECT INTENTION.
Last month I had started to unravel a sweater and 
used some of the yarn to cover part of another large scissor(s).

Having more birthdays approaching there was a need for more cards.
I am always looking for ways to use bits and pieces of unfinished or experimental work.
Years ago I had tucked striped fabrics just to see what would happen when it was ironed.
These two cards with their embroidered butterflies illustrate one result.

 I remembered spending a lot of time working with cardboard slide frames.
AWAKENING THE OBSOLETE is complete with ten 12 by 12-inch panels.


 Painting some of the frames with stripes and filling other with striped fabric, 
 and, filling frames with tiny drawings or paintings 
were more ways I used the obsolete slide frames.

 I had wanted to develop a new format for notecards. 
Starting with some 8 by 11-inch stationery I added slide frames. 
When folded this card just fit in a standard business envelope.
So a new format for notecards that include tiny bits of art in each frame

In between long bouts on the computer, 
I have been walking in our neighborhood. 
 MacArthur Blvd. with lots of white blossoms
 A small white tree at the corner.
And one yard had many colors along their retaining wall.

Now, the big question, will I get back to drawing?
Will I come up with some more use for 
unfinished and experimental work?
Will I clean a closet?

I do not want to waste this 'found' time.