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Thursday, 26 February 2015

On Youtube - Our Prairie in Fibre Keepsake

Oh !  It's online!  Want to hear about the show and see all of the art?  It's here in this 16 minute video.  All artists are listed in the credits at the end.  The show is now over and the art is all packed up.  This video interview is a wonderful keepsake of a beautiful art exhibition.  : )

(No - I hardly ever sit that still nor talk that slow.  lol  And yes... I am sad for the show to be over.)

I also have this.  Over 300 comments including 1 teacher representing 45 children.  I can't even imagine how many visitors that means.  There are people signed in from several BC locations, Alberta, all over SK, Manitoba, Quebec, many from Ontario and Nova Scotia.

I even saw Texas and Indonesia in there.  Thanks to all of you for the comments.  I'll be passing them on to the artists.

HAPPY Thursday.  Yes it is!  : )

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Another Crewel Landscape in the Works

Thanks for all the well wishes everyone!  I've bounced back.  I lost a week, but got lots of stitching done.  I have been wrapping up the art I showed you on Sunday.  Oh my.  It's a LOT of stitching.  I loved every second of it.  Bear with me.  It's totally experimental.  Here's how it all started.  I had this photo last year on my cell phone.  I took it just before winter came along while heading back out of Sutherland Beach park one morning.

crappy cell phone pic of a beautiful moment

Back at home, I took out my pan pastels and picked out my favourite darks, lights and colours from the image above.  I tried to be loose and impressionistic like I was going for after taking the En Plein Air workshop with Bobbi Clackson-Walker.  (See Bobbi!?  You really inspired me!)

It felt amazing to do this.  I always aim for detail.  This really has none.  As I was painting it slowly. I noticed how the touches of colour off the applicator looked like squares or diamond shapes.  I have always loved geometrics.  I think that is what attracts me to cross stitch or the close up of some crewel work.  If you stitch 'satin stitch' of just a few fat stitches side by side, you get a square or diamond.  I have seen beautiful cross hatched embroideries in very, very old library books with the EAC.  I just love that look so much.

And so.  That is what I was going for when I posted on Sunday.  I was recreating my pastel art with fat yarn and one giant needle.

days and days and days later

It's not quite done.  I want to add some more 'leaning' and movement in the lower portion.  I'm considering incorporating some of the stalks I wisked in for the pastel version.  I have been rummaging through my stash looking for the right colour.  It can't be too distracting.  I love how the blues and greys look within the art and I'm thinking of using something similar to this, but maybe softer.

I don't know that it had turned out exactly as I had planned, but this combination of colour was so exciting to work with.  Likely - it was that bright chartreuse, love of my life.  : )  It just makes that orange highlighting kick.  Kazowee!

Thank you for looking.  I don't know if this is a style I will continue to explore, but I sure enjoyed the hand painting nature of it.

Have a great day!

Linking to WIP Wednesday @ TN&TN

Monday, 23 February 2015

Lately, in my She-Cave (or, 'Why have I never liked purple before?')

I like it.  I like my she-cave.  You'll be happy to know that it's one giant creative mess, and not that neatly organized echo-filled room.  I've been hopping all year so far between threadpaintings, curating, the new body of work, and guest artist workshops in schools.  Now that the curating is done and the workshops are on the back burner for a couple weeks, I'm making & making & making.  Here is some of my threadwork.

work in progress

Like my slippers?  I like my slippers.

This is a redo of Autumn Blonde that was in the Stitch article.  This one is much smaller than the original commission but has a sweet, purple moody sky.  The free-motion machine work is done in the above photo with plenty of blending and long stitches.  Below is the final result after adding the handstitching,


I've noticed that since settling into my 'she-cave', I have included purple in much of my art.  It must be the lilac walls.  In fact, I noticed that most art I have bought from others in the past has purple in it.  Go figure.  It's never been my favourite colour, even as a child.

I'm not actually sure if that last one is done.  I need to leave it a while and then come back to it.  I have lots to produce in March between commissions and Gardenscape's annual art show.  Yes indeed, the big garden show will be here before you know it!  I hear that if you are a fan of orchids, you will not be disappointed.

I hope that brightened you day!

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