Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday Stitches

I worked on my embroidered mandala last night as my husband and I watched Mercy Street and Victoria on Public Television. On a whim, I decided to add birds to the mix - time consuming but fun. I tried to figure out how to do them as simply as possible. I have to say, I'm really enjoying this project.




It was a snowy weekend, but the snowfall ended earlier than expected today, which gave us a chance to get out to an appointment and some errands. The weather is so unpredictable around here in February!



And, of course, some members of the family hunkered down to sleep all day!



And I received a lovely surprise today from my Sweetie and thought I'd share it with you!


Here's wishing you a very happy
Valentine's Day!!

Hope you're finding some time for creativity!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Faces

Hello friends - I hope you've had a great week.
Have you been up to anything creative?

Among other things, I've been working on a sketch for a new stitched profile picture.
This is my drawing which I'll transfer to fabric,
 then use some machine and hand stitching on it.

Cats always feel they need to get in on the act, don't they?


I've also been doing some other portrait sketches - 
they start out more detailed, then I simplify them to make them 
more suitable for stitching.
I'm trying to build up a set of stitched faces, for which I'll make up
little stories, then try to decide how to incorporated the 
stories into the pictures.


We just had a snowstorm here in northern New England yesterday,
with a possibility of more storms coming up.
It sounds like many people are having dreary, messy winters all over, 
which is a good reason to stay inside and be creative.
I hope, wherever you are as you read this, that you will have a 
wonderful weekend. I'm so happy you stopped by!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday Stitches

It's amazing how they add up -
 tiny bits of progress on my '1 Year of Stitches' project.


This week I finished my circle of leaves and I'm wondering
what I'll add next. Somehow a new idea never fails to come
and I actually look forward to inventing a new detail for each row.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
I hope you'll have a creative week!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Faces

Lola



In spite of her demure expression,
Lola can stand up for herself.
Like a certain famous Mary,
she has SPUNK!

(Miss you, Mary Tyler Moore.)



I think Lola would look nice in a
sweet little vintage collage.
What do you think?


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kindred Spirits Down the Path - An Exhibit

It began with an invitation -
an exhibit of work by a family of artists
who are also lovers of nature
and good friends of mine.


It was a beautiful day Sunday.
When my husband, my friend Elaine (one of the artists), 
and I first arrived at the reception, we met up with 
Elaine's daughter, Karen, and Karen's daughters (here with Elaine).
Karen, of course, is the author of the beautiful blog Sew and Sow Life.
I met Karen through her mother in 2009, and we have been friends 
through our blogs and in person ever since.


The gallery space at North River Sanctuary was beautiful



and the artwork, nature inspired and thoughtfully rendered
was on display in two large rooms.
I'll share some of the work and try to explain the relationship of each
artist to my friend Elaine.

(I'll start by saying that photos were challenging because of the glare of the glass.)

These are pieces by Elaine, who has worked in pencil, pen and ink,
calligraphy and needlework. She has also done many posters and bulletin boards
for her local library and the school at which she worked for years.


 

Elaine's late husband, Alan Lowry, had created many beautiful works in watercolor

 




as well as the amazing pen and ink drawing below.



Alan's grandfather, Dr. Albert Billings, painted in gauche
and his work made me want to walk right into his paintings.


 

Elaine's son and Karen's brother, Doug, creates
 Beautiful serigraphs -




Elaine's youngest son Nelson, the first Lowry I met back in 
1982, when we worked together in an art and framing gallery, 
had some wonderful mixed media pieces in the show.
I couldn't seem to get good pictures of them, but they were made with tape
and paint. Nelson is also an Emmy winning TV and movie art director,
as well as an old friend.





Elaine's niece, Kristen Johnson, works in cut paper
and her work is elegantly clean and simple. 




And finally, artwork by Karen Lowry Reed, Elaine's daughter.
Her artwork appeals to me in a very special way, 
because I love fabric, fiber and texture,
In my mind, I compare Karen's work to poetry, because it is 
exquisitely serene and infused with meaning and symbolism.





Over 120 people came and, toward the end of the reception,
Elaine, Nelson, Doug, Karen and Kristen posed for a photo:
Kindred spirits down the path of nature and art!



A very lovely exhibit and an enjoyable afternoon!

You can read Karen's thoughts about the day here.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Stitches

I worked on my embroidered mandala today,
in the car, as my husband drove us to a wonderful
art exhibit in Marshfield, Massachusetts.


The exhibit was presented at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary
at the Massachusetts Audubon Center...


and included work by an artist who is a good friend of this blog.
This is a teaser - more tomorrow when I sort out my photos!


Hope you've had a great weekend!


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday Faces - (on Saturday!)

Abigail
She lived in a time when women were silenced,
 docile and obedient,
 not allowed to vote.


She was a gentle soul, a hard worker, 
a dedicated mother and devoted wife.
She had opinions, but kept them to herself.
Her mind was filled with ideas, desires,
questions and resentments,
but these thoughts remained locked inside.

When I was making this picture, with machine and hand stitching and a scrap of
fabric, I was thinking about how wonderful it is that, these days, after years of struggle, women are able to express themselves, vote, protest and march for their beliefs. When I flipped the embroidery over, I realized how much more expressive the reverse side was. 
Women silenced.
Never again!