Thursday, September 26, 2013

from small talk to action

as most of you who read my blog or follow my photographs, i switch back and forth between painting and stitching.
as you can see, these have been a stitching couple of weeks.

well, sorta kinda because some of the pieces are more mixed media as in the above pctured book cover and family crest.

but below...the labour of love.  labour intensive since it was embroidered with single threads.  it is a pam garrison template i bought on etsy.  i didn't realize when i bought it that the details were tinier than tiny, but being the perseverer that i am, i just began.  one stitch, one thread at a time.  it took me almost two weeks to complete.  i added a little border in patchwork to give it the finishing touch and it is now framed in my bedroom.  

below, more embroidery with a seaside twist inspired by carolyn saxby in st. ives, one of my favorite fabric artists who recently sent me one her mixed media seaside hearts.

and then.......somewhere over the rainbow also in single thread for a chunky fabric book i am working on, stop and go since it is also labour intensive.  since this photograph a few moremwords have been completed as well as other significant pages.

this is a detail of one of the fabric book spreads, the ever present warmth of hearth and home.

when i am in need of a mantra, i choose repetitive stitches
 if all goes well, this circle will continue growing concentrically until it is huge.

only last night did i return to my faces
it always surprises me that they usually look so innocent, between childhood and adolescence.  i don't intend them to be that way, they just go their own way with the ebb and flow of the pen and pencil movements.
i love the expression on this sweet face.

 these last two are a bit older, having gotten lost in my hardrive, practices in pencil and ink pens both part of a bookmark that now marks the spot in my present readings.
and what are these you might ask?  well....two miniature portraits on oyster shells  a-la lynne hoppe to be scattered at point lobos also a-la lynne next week as we head up the california coast.
at least this lady looks a bit more adult-ish.
please pardon the difficulties in posting since i am now mainly using my ipad which is not user friendly at all for blogging. 
well that is the jist of it for now, hope to see you on the road.

Friday, September 20, 2013

ideas para un finde continued

this is my third post for all my friends in chile and argentina who have come to rely on inspirational things to make i post every now and then.
all of them i have gathered from my favorite blogs, flickr or pinterest.  i place
this pumpkin in first place because this is what i would make first if i had the pattern.  what a glorious mixed media fabric pumpkin.

and this chair reminded me of my friend marcela

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

all about color

happy colors
when exploring new art techniques

or simply looking when i go out 

or playing with acrylics

even the color of the paper bag is so pretty
or embroidering

or using indigo watercolors, one of my favorites after aqua

and especially on my nature walks

indigo again for the jar project
and bright green as a backdrop for my silhouette against a rock at the beach
and all of them pretty much together

love of warmth
love is always young