Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Updates


"The Breakers" (left) is my latest piece. I have fell in love with creating small works. Pieces that I can create in a day. This one is all hand dyed and machine quilted. I love the colors. The cotton sky/sea are dyed by me and the rocks is a recycled rayon that was given to me by a good encourager Bernice Gardner.


The next piece is titled "Three Rivers" and it was named in honor of Walterine Keen who is a ex-sister-in-law who was very kind to me/my children. I was thinking about her/her husband and their farm and the town of "Three Rivers". This was all so very long ago and rows upon rows of crops. The hand dyed sky/waters are the same cotton fabrics in both pieces. The green silk was hand dyed by Marion Anderson and then over dyed by myself. These small works give me such a since of accomplishment and satisfaction at the end of a day. They are simple in their construction, but it's all about the color for me in this process.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Here's Monk


Greetings All,
Here are the pictures of my latest piece titled "Monk" in honor of the one and only Thelonious Monk. I have had a great time creating this piece. I used my own hand dyed cotton and silk for this piece. I also fused the back of some of the silk with "Wonder Under" and printed the images of the drummer and the sax player from clip art on my PC. This process was a first from me but not the last. The musical notes I drew free handed and applied all to the background. I love the pink to blue coloring and the combination of fabrics. Enjoy.

 



I did get a group of Diva heads together and I'm on my way to the studio to start on their bodies and will post later on their progress.

Friday, June 22, 2007

What's Up!!!

Greetings All,

I've been neglecting my "Darling Divas/Friends" lately. I've been focusing on my new part-time job. This is something that I have never done before so for now it very interesting. However I have done several small works. " The Water Woman" (left) is one of my latest. Also the "Green Wedgie Simple" (below). I also have a large piece that I'm working on that is devoted to "Monk" and I'll post photos later. I do have a group of heads for my new Divas and I'll work on bodies later.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Monthly meeting of PAQA

Greetings All,
Today was my monthly meeting for
PAQA and I'm always glad that I can make that meeting. I come away inspired, encouraged and renewed. It's one of my monthly fixes. Today I saw so many wonderful creations and one in particular I was glad to see way by Judy Coates Perez "Arbol de Vida" (left). I love Judy's work because it is so very cutting edge. She paints whole cloth and then quilts them to perfection and this piece will be seen in the "International Quilt Festival in Huston, TX later this year. Judy's work is also featured in "Quilter Newsletter" and "Artella".
She is just awesome. I was also glad to meet Casey Puetz (right). I got some wonderful advice on some of the piece that I took for and some good comments. I love being a part of this group and I thank them so very much for their input. I also would like to thank Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi for suggesting that I check out some of the groups in my area. Also Casey purchased a small piece of mine and that made my day (left). Last month Sandy Schweitzer got a small piece from me also and gave me so very valuable advice. The fact that these artist who teach and exhibit all over the world would buy a piece from me means a great deal to me and I'm greatful.
I also got some great advice from Judy Zoelzer Levine, Sharon Malec, Lois Jarvis, and if I forgot anyone I'm so sorry, but all I can say it this is an awesome group to belong to. Thank you PAQA and Dr. Mazloomi. Four of my small works (below) are off the be on exhibit I hope in a Champlain headquarter thanks to Michele Hardman who is volunteering for this person. More info to come later once it's been confirmed. It was a great art quiting day and worth the ride. My cup running over.









Thursday, June 7, 2007

More name changes.

Greetings All,

Well today I started off changes more names. I've come to notice that if I have not signed my dolls or pieces that I'm subject to change their names. Citrine today became "Queen Zambia"(below left) and I signed two other dolls to fit into my "African Queen" series. Queen Niger (below center) and Queen Ashanti (below right). These queens are on their way to Tennessee for a Heritage Festival with one of my best friends Pamela Tabor who has relocated there. I hope and pray that they find new kingdoms to reign.

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The Adventure of the Butterfly Princess


Greetings All,

I thought that I could leave the "Butterfly Princess" along, but I had not signed her and I couldn't. I kept her on the table and every time I went by I check her out and last night she morphed into an angel named "Lovey" I like her much more. What do you think? I also completed my doll from Nancy's challenge for this month's "Dolls Just Wanna Have Fun" and I still have to create her face, hair, and dress her. She's my first doll that can stand alone and she's also kind of stocky, but she will stand. I'll post photos later.