Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sketchbook Project

I have joined the Sketchbook Project 
In 2011 sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums across the country.  After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.  This is the 2011 installment of the project.  My personal theme is "In 5 minutes".  You can sign up until October 31st, and you are then sent a sketchbook.  Completed books are returned by January 15, 2011 and the tour begins in March.  What fun!  So if you like to sketch....check it out!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Remarkable Work

There are some amazing discoveries online.   I found this through the blogging network on Bee's site.  Randi Parkhurst, paper artist and bookmaker, demonstrates her creation, Patience . Film produced by Glowing Heads of Olympia Washington. Original music provided by Laura Inserra.  Well worth watching!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Auction Countdown

The SAQA Auction begins on September 20th.  More at:  http://www.saqa.com/news.php?ID=1423    Here are few of the many wonderful quilts available:

Carolyn Lee Vehslage

Karen Rips

Jenny Hearn

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Amaryllis

I have an amaryllis blooming in the pot where there were blooms in May!  How often do you see that flower paired with basil in a photo?  This is normally the time I pull the pot aside to let dry out, but nature had other things in mind.  Perhaps the weather has had something to do with it.  Until now we have had a cooler southern California summer.  Fall heat is fairly typical here.  Yet fall is coming as I sense the change in the light...softer now.  Light is more a sign of the shifting of the seasons.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Collage Time

We did some playful collage work in the last class of the Shambhala Art series.  I have worked with this technique before, and find it a great way to spark creativity.  If you haven't tried it yet....gather a number of image based magazines that you don't mind cutting up.  Giving yourself a short time frame, go through pulling out any images, words, colors that you are drawn to for whatever reason.  Don't think about it!  Once you have your group of images, give yourself another short time frame to create a collage, by ripping or cutting from the selection and glueing with glue stick.  There are no expectations, so I find I am always surprised with the results.  The pictured collage was to represent a direct felt sense of something, and was completed in about 5 minutes.  The fast process short circuits thinking and judging, so you are open to the moment and to trusting your intuition.  Try it  and have fun!  Let me know how it goes...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Batik and Weaving

I went to a superb collection of exhibits currently at UCLA's Fowler Museum.  "Weavers' Stories from the Island of Southeast Asia", "Nini Towok’s Spinning Wheel" and "Courtly and Urban Batik from Java" are feasts for the eyes from fine textile artists.  Amazing detail in the work. The well thought out exhibits are wonderful educational tours about the dyeing and weaving art forms.  The batik show closes September 5, and the others run until December 5.  Catch them if you can!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Healing Power of our Hands

This wonderful interview is well worth looking at.  Thanks to Judy Warner for posting it!

Explorations in Quilting and Life: Thoughts of Quilt Artist Renate Hiller: "This link was passed on to me through my quilt guild discussion group and I would like to pass it on to all of you. If you haven't viewed it..."

And if you don't know about Speaking of Faith on NPR, do check out their podcasts.  This is only one of many stimulating interviews they have done over the years.  http://www.speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/

Being Present

Took the first class last week of Shambhala Art 2...about seeing things as they are.  Right now things are processing within!  Ready to be more fully open to creative process and not get caught in labeling with yes, no, like, dislike.  Looking forward to more input this week.  A contemplative practice in artmaking.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tying up Loose Ends

This past week has been a time of getting out of my own way.  I am sure you know what I mean!  By letting the chatter of what I "should do" go,  I was able to focus in the moment and finish a number of  things.  Three pieces that have been in process are complete and photographed (though one has been problematic with color...sigh).  Feels like an accomplishment!  Two are in body of work for the Visioning Project, and I named them "Meandering Flow" 1 and 2.  I have been experimenting with mixed fabrics (cotton hand dyes, velvet, silk ribbon,sateen, plus more) and a simpler finish.  Lots of hand embroidery, which I find I am loving more and more. Something about the meditative quality of the hand work that I enjoy. 

"Essential Core" is the piece which was reconfigured from a quilt done last year and never felt "right".  Pleased and contented with the results.

Following through in the spirit of completion over the weekend, I was able to get a number of little projects done.  You know the ones, minor fixes that get put on the back burner for another time, then suddenly there is a whole list of things to do.  Feels like a weight off my shoulders.  Yes, it turned out a very saisfying week.


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