Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hibiscus Beauty

I have 4 beautiful hibiscus right now.   Two are hardy and two are tropical.   

This is my oldest one....I moved it to this house from our former house 7 years ago....so it is older than that.   With all the rain, it is thriving this year.  



So, deciding one was not enough, I recently bought a companion so it wouldn't be lonely...

   

Both of these of the hardy variety have blooms at least 8 inches in diameter. 

Then I have this tropical.....a variety called Mandarin Orange...


I said, I have 4.... and that is true.    The other one is yellow.   However, the resident deer decided they liked it more than I could and chewed it down,    It is rebounding and I am hopeful for more flowers before the season ends.   This is what it looked like before being eaten.....


In addition, here are two gorgeous hibiscus.   One is very small and it is a round bloom.   The other is huge after 3 years and it is called "Limelight".    It has the cone shaped blooms.  




Friday, August 11, 2017

Architecture Abstract

This week's photography class challenge was just way too much fun.   "Architecture Abstract".

My favorite way to shoot photos is to capture something that might not look like what it really is - or might zero in on a certain point as in "contemplative photography".  

This was the photo I chose to enter:   It is a stairway, manipulated in photoshop - the original picture is just below this one.

The following photos were my "also ran for contention".    I like any and all of them!   

 The original of this photo is a barn roof line, which has been mirrored, merged, flipped and rotated.    It reminds me of  a level of a Frank Lloy Wright House that might be cantilevered out into the landscape.

 This one is a stair way again - much the same process as the other stairway.   Mirrored, merged, flipped, rotated - all for interest.

The top dome of one of the buildings.    Mirror Imaged - it looks different depending on where your focus is.

This is just a rock wall - but love the texture.    It was taken last week - so technically should not be entered this week. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Journey of a fern leaf......wet cyanotype

So my old Blogger App has failed me,    Have downloaded a new one.....with of course a new learning curve......let's see how this goes!

I have been playing with some Wet cyanotype sheets......a process I read about on blog by Sue Reno.    I had some older various treated sheets and decided to try it out.  This is a Jacquard Sheet.   It seems to be heavily treated sateen.   This is the best of the Jacquard sheets I have gotten thus far.
    This was how it started......around 9:00 AM.   Fern leaf on slightly misted canvas.   Ready to sit outside and bake in the sun.

        A little later in the day
    24 hours later before washing.

     Rinsed and ready to dry.
      Fully dried.  

This is a total 36 hour process

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sacred Threads Quilt Show

These two quilts have been on display for the past 3 weeks at the Sacred Threads Show  in Herndon, VA.   The show was created by Vikki Pignatelli as a "safe place" to tell your story.   I am so honored to be part of this show.   It is a juried show for entrance, but it is not a judged show.   The show is entirely about the "stories".   For sure the techniques are excellent and there is much to examine and contemplate as to how they told their story.....but you have to read every label and every label is more compelling than the one before it, it seems.   Also, I am honored that one of my quilts will be part of the 36 out of 300 chosen to travel for the next two years.


"Despair...and Hope".    This is the journey of a person with depression.    One who sits at the bottom of the well unable to get out and one who on better days, does climb that tree to the light.   This is the one that will travel.

  "Standing Tall" is from a photo of my watercolor orchid, printed on fabric.    Together with the previous quilt the following quote is appropriate:     "Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were......."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What is it?

This past week our photo challenge theme was "What is it"?    I love contemplative photography....I love searching and finding what fits rather than trying to take a photo and edit it to fit.   The natural setting always works better for me.

The first photo is the one I chose - although rather obvious as to what it is.   I loved the pop of color, the reflection - the even circular pattern - there was nothing I didn't like.   And I only basically edited this to bring out highlights and clarity.  


The ones below are my "also ran" .....but weren't chosen.





Monday, June 5, 2017

Resisting...

I recently created two pieces of art to be entered to the Threads of Resistance exhibition  http://threadsofresistance.org/home.html.   Sadly, neither was chosen to travel.    There were 500 entries and only 62 could be chosen.    However, it does not diminish my feeling, motivation and determination to resist all things awful happening in our political climate right now.  

The first one is taken from a photo I took of my granddaughter while skyping one day.    Most of my sadness involves what is happening to our planet, our society, our rights....especially women's rights....as the drama plays out. 


I created the background as a dictionary definition of all the meanings of "resist" and "resistance".    The third column is the word "resist" in all languages.....appropriate as many nations and countries have joined us in our concern for our country.    "She" is portrayed as a silhouette.....she represents "ALL" girls who long to grow up and be what they want in a safe environment.   

"The Future Belongs to Her".

I have entered this quilt also to Global Murmurs.

"Respect Existence or Expect Resistance"

I believe that all persons should be allowed to love whoever they want, despite their gender or race.    We are way past time in our society and lives that we should be able to accept all peoples, and allow them to live in peace without fear of discrimination.





Friday, May 5, 2017

'We Are All Branches of the Same Tree" - Global Murmurs Art

"We Are All Branches Of The Same Tree". Just completed and will be submitted for acceptance into a show called "Global Murmurs" (http://experiencefiberart.com/) in Rochester, NY later this year. The prospectus statement says "Global Murmurs invites you to explore the subtle and ever present concerns, joys and curiosities of humankind so often influenced by cultural and national boundaries. It is an expression of the hopes, dreams and despairs of our global community; perhaps a pathway to better understanding. " I saw this quote and it rang true for me as we are facing so much divisiveness right now....why can't we all just get along? Since I love to do birch trees this was an easy subject to ponder. The trees are made of 4 different fabrics and quilted for texture with variegated threads. The background - which was the hardest part.....is all branches, depicting the many millions of us represented in the two stronger branches, of different colors.

Linking to Nina Marie Sayre's Off the Wall Friday blog".....because I've never done that before.  




Sunday, March 5, 2017

Quilt Show Winner.....excited and humbled,

"Triptych...the Leaves of Florida" is a winner in the recent Mancuso Tri-State Quiltfest in New Jersey.   Sadly I couldn't get there to see it.   I am still surprised and humbled when I see a quilt of mine doing well.   

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

When all you can do is to make art.....then make art!

Troubling times - no matter which side of the debate you are on - often frustrates us when we wish there was more we could do.   The recent ban on immigration is troubling to me.   Inspired by an artist FB friend, I decided to make an art quilt representative of my feelings.   It was quick and practically made itself.    I wish I could do more!    Based on the poem by Emma Lazarus....


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Challenge Reveal

Saturday was our annual challenge reveal at guild.   This year's theme was "Bars".    Anytime, anyway, anyhow you wanted to depict them.    Members showed their challenge at the meeting and now they will be hung at the Richmond Library in Batavia from February 1-28.

Of course my first thought was "Bars of Music"!   

This is a giant log cabin block - using all music themed fabrics.   I called it "Piano Bar"




Since we were allowed 2 entries, I decided to do a second one.    I had a FQ pack of modern fabrics I had purchased a couple years ago in Florida.    My goal was to use them.....in bars.    I wanted them to look woven which took a bit of planning and I wanted some white space to do more quilting.   In the end I had about 2 inches left of each of the fabrics and about a 5 x 7 inch piece of the white.    Of course that would partly be because I had to redo a couple of ideas.   My other theme I adapted to go with "bars" was diamonds - 60 inch angle diamonds.   









I learned a few things which is always good for a challenge.   Since both were original, I had to draft my own pattern ideas.   Some of the fabric was loosely woven and raveled, so I had to figure some ways to applique and make sure the edges didn't fray.  Quilting on the white was a challenge as I don't like to mark on my quilts.   I thought I could do the center with a walking foot......not true......free motion was a little more difficult.  





Friday, January 20, 2017

Contemplative

This week our photography challenge was "Contemplative".    I had all sorts of intentions of going out and finding the perfect view - the hills, the mountains, the river etc.   However, a "shot to the knee" forced me closer to home.    This is the photo I chose.

What am I looking at here and contemplating.....what do I see?   First of all, I am looking at an old decaying tree trunk in my backyard.  I am contemplating all the rings, all the different colored areas...some light, some dark yet I still see the structure of rings!  What I see can be applied personally or to our world in general.   We all have that bright light within us.    It radiates out into our world and our connections with other people and life in general.   Sometimes we go through dark periods and emerge, sometimes not.  Sometimes our light is sharp and defined - other times a bit blurry.    Yet our structure and purpose (rings) is still visible if we but look.

These are my "also ran"!    I almost chose the fence - then the tree.    The mossy stepping stone I just liked!


Here is my fence - with one slat out of place.   Contemplating all the perfectly straight boards and in place.....yet, the one who dares to be different. 

 This looks like a lost city to me.....




My Japanese Maple Tree - again on the theme of no matter how we branch out - we are all connected.    Some of us venture far - others stay close to the trunk!