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!