I spent a lovely day Tuesday meeting with several friends
at SAAM (Smithsonian American Art Museum).
We wanted to see the Obama portraits and found
more of a crowd in front of Michelle's portrait
than in front of the President's but I'm sure that changed all day.
Both were even better in person/paint than
the images you see printed or on TV.
We were surprised when we discovered that the Do Ho Suh
exhibit had just opened.
It is a wonderful unusual and beautiful show.
He uses sheer Poly fabric in many colors over steel wire
to create transparent sculptures of common household items,
he calls Specimens.
The installation included a long walk-through area
hall-like with doors and windows and more specimens.
There were also a couple of huge drawings
on hand-made paper using thread or paint.
The whole experience is well worth a trip to see and
walk through that long installation.
Wednesday, the snow fell all day and everything closed.
I think we saw perhaps 6 inches, nothing compare to NY or Boston
but enough to close the federal government and the schools,
and telling us to stay home......
So I did and added an over-sized lady bug to this small
(12 by 12) embroidered quilted panel.
Titled ALONE AT LAKE ARROWHEAD
as the tree is from a drawing I made 100 years ago
when we had a house at Lake Arrowhead that
we shared with 2 other couples and their families.
In the meantime I baked a couple of birthday cakes and
rather than candles I added a lot of painted wafer paper butterflies.
They are all eatable but no one wanted to eat them.
So talking about those butterflies.........
..... in my last blog I wondered if I would finish the butterfly piece
I had been looking at and not working on
for several months. I cut it in half the day we lost power.
It was finished and photographed this week by Greg Staley
This pair of butterflies still has no title
but I will come up with a name soon
The total size of the Pair is 35 inches high by 47 inches wide.
So, now what do I do with all the left over embroidered butterflies.
Over the last year I had made hundreds in all sizes and colors.
Some will go in my notecards.....
And I still have more. I am through with butterflies.
Of course that is what I said about hands
but they keep appearing, so who knows what will come next.