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Friday, May 27, 2011

Lincoln Hills Art Association Winner

Seed - Tree - Home
This is a new and exciting group that my friend Suzanne encouraged (?) me to joined.  President Bill Szabo issued a Art Challenge for 2011 with the theme of "Pastel Colors".  Art was divided between two categories - Fine Art and All Other Art Forms.  The piece above qualified for the Other Category.  Membership voted for the winners and I received $$ for the Other Art Form Category!  How great is that!  I promptly went out and bought more Quilter's Lame' fabric.  Thank you to all the members for their votes.
While I am a new member, this looks to be a great group (aren't they all in Lincoln Hills!).  I have already met lots of fun people with a passion for their art.  This group has two shows planned - One at Mina's Coffee House  June 11 - Sept 9; and Umpqua Bank (date to be added soon).  So plan to swing by these great establishments to see the art and enjoy their service.

About the Art - Tree and birds were created using Sun Printing technique - an easy way to start your fabric dying exploration.  Other fabric was dyed using fiber reactive dyes with Elmer's Glue resist.  Flying Geese were paper pieced.  I used free motion quilting to get the flow of birds and wind and a "nest" for the seed pods at the bottom.  Beading was added and sheer fabric was cut into leaf shapes and added to the tree.  The piece flowed together until the tree and leaves.  That was pondered over for several years!  Finally as the deadline approached, an idea came to me - add little sheer leaves that would appear to float over the tree and ground.  Sometimes it takes awhile for inspiration to hit!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

West Coast Wonders-I'm in

Got the good news last Monday that my Johnny Appleseed in Sebastopol has been accepted into the West Coast Wonders Special Exhibit 2011. It will tour the major quilt shows starting with Long Beach. It will be in Houston for both the market and show andbI will get to see it there. This is really exciting and I hope you get to see one of the shows. I'll add a photo soon.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Leaves of Costa Rica

Leaves of Costa Rica

You might think you remember Leaves from before, but look again.  The first piece had holes in the design and balance and background seemed too big.  At least it looked that way to me.... kept feeling something was just not right.  So I cropped the left edge, added three new leaves with more embellishments, and nudged a few leaves in new directions.  I also now call it Leaves of Costa Rica.  Their forests are dense and I did wonder what was hidden behind.
Hope you like it and don't forget to comment. 

Side comment.  The other day someone asked how long it took me to make my wall art.  Well, I had to ponder that one.  I figured that he was trying to judge if my work was worth the prices I was asking.  The answer was that if a piece goes together quickly - the design just flows and ideas come easily - that would take less time.  But them I pointed out that the quick flow was often what made that art piece the most successful.   Beautiful art is art no matter if it takes a day or twenty.  If I struggle, the piece often feels not just right and I can work it to death or just set it aside and hope that everything makes sense later.  I'm sure this is true in any area- cooking, golf swings, gardening, or being a friend.  If it flows it works. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Artisans in the Lodge

Here is a chance for you to see my work up close and personal!  On this upcoming Sunday (May 15), 9 to 3 at the Orchard Creek Lodge in Lincoln Hills Lincoln Ca, there will be an art sale with approx. 30 vendors!  I will have 10 pieces with special LH Discount prices.  There will be a variety of art work - paintings, ceramics, fused glass, pottery, metal art, photography and more.  Hope you can come for a visit.