Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hello Spring!

This seems like the perfect time to come back to my blog. It's May and springtime is finally kicking in after some very un-springlike weather in April! The little spring-green leaves are heady in their sweetness and flowering trees are popping up everywhere. Our kinetic sculpture, Ollie the Owl, is flapping his wings in the breeze and the daffodils are in full bloom.


The last few months have been filled with lots of stitching and making. I impulsively agreed to participate in a couple of local exhibits, which gave me the incentive to create some new pieces. The first exhibit, which took place in early March, was called Art and Edibles, with a theme of food and drink.
I decided to focus on one of my favorite beverages, coffee, and to add a bit of humor to it. And so, that first cup in the morning, a cat waiting to be fed...."7:10 AM".


The next exhibit, which took place in March, had a 60's theme and was called "Flower Power".  My subject matter was pretty obvious, but I really enjoyed making my flower child. A large piece for me, she measures 16x20 inches and I stretched it over a canvas with no frame. I used a combination of appliqué, machine and hand embroidery, and it now is hanging in my studio.


I also did this smaller picture of a loosely textured flower with raw edged appliquéd leaves on a textured fabric background, also stretched over a canvas.


Finally, I was part of our local Arts Collaborative's Spring Show, where I showed the previous pictures as well as a few older ones. All of the shows were fun and well attended, and it's nice now to have a break from exhibits until the Fall comes around.


I've also been doing some small embroideries and fabric and cut paper pictures, which  you've probably seen if you follow me on Instagram (@judyhartman_artandstitch), so I apologize for that. But here are a few...












Finally, I'll share these beautiful irises, sent by my daughter Kate
for Mother's Day...


Until next time,
take care!

Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

A New Year


It's the evening of January first and I'm feeling a bit reflective, as I suddenly realize that this is my 12th year of blogging. It's also the year I'll be celebrating my 70th birthday. The latter fact seems impossible to me, yet it is true.


This has been a tough year in many ways, but I feel so fortunate to have something I'm passionate about which gives me joy and makes me feel fulfilled. Creativity buoys me up, both when I draw or stitch something beautiful, as well as when I enjoy and appreciate the work of other artists. I feel like I know so many creative people, through organizations I belong to, groups I stitch with, classes I take, bloggers I've become friends with, Instagram friends and others I've known over the years. Making, drawing, stitching, painting, beading, creating - these pursuits have been my salvation through good times and bad, and I'm very glad to have had a love for them ever since I was a child. They truly make life more joyful and even magical.


I've decided that my word for 2018 will be "SOAR". I want to fully commit myself to art-making this year, do a series of fiber art pictures for an exhibit, be more imaginative with my ideas and try to create stories with my images. I'm excited to try some new ideas and see where they take me.


I wish that wonderful blessings will come to everyone who reads this. Let's all have a terrific year, filled with love, creativity, good health and contentedness. Let's all be firm in our beliefs and strong in our convictions, and let us be good to each other. 

Happy New Year!
Love,
Judy xo

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Almost Christmas!

As Christmas approaches, I'm finding myself caught up in the usual preparations and enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. This week I made a floral arrangement for my sister,
with a final touch of battery operated lights! She loves bling, so it was a big success.


Our first snowfall coated tree branches, utility wires and rooftops with a heavy white frosting - really quite beautiful to see. Our snow thrower was in the shop for repairs at the time, and my husband gallantly shoveled everything by himself. 


 Rosie is missing her brother Angus, sometimes wandering around the house meowing, but she is also enjoying her new stature as queen of the house. She seems to enjoy all of our extra attention. Although they didn't seem to get along that well, Angus and Rosie were together with us since they were kittens, so I'm sure she is wondering where he is. Really miss our little boy.


On the creative side, I made this cut paper picture for the feast of St. Lucy on December 13. Her face is drawn and shaded with colored pencils and a bit of acrylic paint. It feels so good to create something, I have to ask myself why I don't do it every day. It seems to be a constant question for me, with an obvious solution - just do it!! Hmmm...New Year's resolution?


In any case, in a few days we'll be heading off for Toronto to spend Christmas with our daughter - the perfect Christmas gift for us! Can't wait!



Meanwhile, whatever holiday you are celebrating, even if it is just the beauty of the winter season,
may you have a wonderful week, filled with joy.

xo Judy



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Angus

 Feeling a bit heartbroken...










Rest in Peace, little Angus. xo


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Grateful...

Thanksgiving is over, but I've been thinking a lot lately
about the many things I have to be grateful for.
I have an amazing husband and daughter,


Two mischievous little kitties,


who love to help me sew,



a house with a favorite little light-filled porch,


friends who gather around a table to chat and stitch,


and, once again, these two sweet people who make my life meaningful.


I have a terrific extended family, and many creative and loving friends,
including those who read my blog.

And to you I give this wish...


May you have a wonderful day.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Art Every Day Month?

Now, who was that imposter who said that I was doing Art Every Day Month? I had the best of intentions, honestly, but never really got it off the ground. Life seems to be a bit too much lately and I've been having mixed feelings about what I really want to make. That has led to a real feeling of sluggishness - does anyone else have this problem at times?

Meanwhile, it's getting very cold here in New England and Angus and Rosie are hunkering down.
Rosie loves her new catnip toy,


but also buries herself in a fluffy throw when the weather is cold.


Angus always seems to be deep in thought,


and hides on a dining room chair, under the table, where he sleeps away the day.


My little Christmas cactus is starting to bloom, reminding me of my mom.


I have to confess that a feeling of sadness has settled around my shoulders lately.
My older sister is in a nursing home with dementia, and  I'm witnessing her losing more 
and more of her grasp on reality, and any desire to take care of herself.
Her type of dementia has made her hostile and angry, but fortunately the hostility
is lessening. She has no interest in doing anything, and I do what I can when I visit
to make her laugh and bring her some joy. It's very difficult to see her this way, and I
can't help feeling a bit helpless 

So, I have to listen to my heart and not put pressure on myself right now.

I'll be creating, but at my own pace.
Hopefully I'll be more "up" for AEDM next year!

Thanks, dear friends, for reading -
Hope you're having a good week!

xo Judy

Saturday, November 4, 2017

AEDM Day 4

 We are moving into true November weather now, with cooler days and leaves tumbling down. I'll have to move our little space heater from the garage to our enclosed porch, where I love to work.
I found this sweet poem on Pinterest, which brings some whimsy to the leaves we'll soon be raking!


I've been working on my fabric weaving and I'm declaring it done for the moment. I may tweak a thing or two, but I'm happy with it. Something totally different for me! I can see myself doing more!


So, on to a new project! I have something definite in mind. Can't wait to get started tomorrow!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!