I am attracted by her sculptures,
but am even more drawn to her collages/drawings
and especially to her paper maquettes. All images are from Rebecca Appleby's website.
|Janet K's Messerschmidt BF109E|
|Sue's Spitfire propellor and Fiat CR42 Falco|
|Judith used a toned ground first, then went on to use watersoluble pencil on cartridge paper|
|Jo's view of the Lancaster bomber, and the big bomb displayed underneath it|
|From a banner about which there was no information, Najlaa added the hedgehogs |
and eagle in gold pen - clearly visible at certain angles, but not to my camera
|Hers ... and his ... "if it works, do it some more"|
It is Spring on the edge of the Rockies! We get a little snow or rain overnight and next day, new green colors! Grape Hyacinth blooming, bees on dandilions, shrubs and trees beginning to leaf out. The blue birds are gathering their nesting materials, several mystery birds are here on a regular basis now, the honey bees are active. The Sandhill Cranes are nesting, Eagles sitting on eggs.
(7 )10 day old chicks are happily chirping away in a brooder pen in the dining room, just under my seedling table. They will eat from my hand now. Zooey took the “leave it” quite seriously and will not let Stella (the cat) near the chick pen! We’ll see what happens later, but it’s our intention that Zooey, a herding breed, regard them as “Hers”. (We will also have appropriate predator proof penning outside when it’s time.) I still fantasize about having a pair of geese for her but that’s a long shot .
On a different note: What a beginning to this year! One of my sisters died New Year’s Day (expected, difficult anyway).
Jeff and I both had the Flu in January. He recovered quickly, I spent an additional 2 weeks on antibiotics. February was a blur but we did get the hardwood floor installed. Hooray!
First week of March we got the call that Jeff’s mom was in ICU: Off to Colorado within the hour. We were with her and the entire family when she passed, at peace and aglow with love and loving.
Came home, went back the next week for her services.
Came home again and two days later, we were both ill as was the entire Colorado branch of the family. Flu B.
Jeff was out of commission for several days. I ended up in the hospital with flu, pneumonia and several domino effects. I am still “flat”. It is not easy or fun. It’s been a few weeks now: lots of meds, lots of tests, regular blood work: there is no magic bullet. It’s getting difficult to maintain a sense of humor, although anything that concludes with the statement “pretty good for a woman your age” makes me laugh. . The chickies were/are my mental health fix
All of this is giving me cause to reflect on relationships, on community, on the balances I work toward in my life. Since I’ve been ill, social contact has been minimal – I have not been contagious for a while but have zero energy and no desire to pick up a bug and I miss my peeps!
This has made me realize how out of touch I have become with long term, deeply valued friendships and professional cohorts. I am so sorry! We take these things for granted and maybe think Social Media stands in.
It really does not. Fair to note however that many of us were so disheartened by the after effects of the elections that our energies have been elsewhere???
To you all, my apologies for not keeping properly in touch. Life changes, sometimes it is challenging, but you know who you are, friends of my heart. Be well. Do your work in the world. Know you are loved and appreciated.
drop a note or two and let me know how YOU are!!!
|The small sketchbooks (they soon mount up)|
|Train journey to Scotland ...|
|...with a quick sketch at every stop|
|Drawn while in Huntley, north of Aberdeen|
|"Travel lines" on the return journey|
|Saul Steinberg's drawings of shoes, from the exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery|
|On the left, a view from a pub ... on the right, something rather mysterious|
|This was a most enjoyable, most informative course|
|As well as taking a few notes, I did a quick sketch from almost every slide|
|Towards the end of the course - figures from the murals|
|Statues from Mycenaean times (1400-1250 BC)|
|The view from our room in Poros, on a fresh morning after it rained mightily|
|Indian chess set|
|Lego "pirates" chess set|
|Janet K's luscious lady, riding a lion|
|Carol's domestic details - the toy irons had a "plug" that stuck onto the wall|
|Joyce's 19th-century boy's clothing|
|Judith's "fairy tale house"|
|Najlaa's passion for pattern|
|Sue's wooden animals (and their wonderful shadows)|
|Janet K used a postcard to examine how drapery can model the figure|
|Responding to Lethaby's drawing of the Ziggurat of Belus, |
Najlaa found a modern photo of it; it's near her home town, Babylon
|Joyce had been using traditional Indian embroidery techniques|
Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part,
Nay I have done, you get no more of me,
And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart,
That thus so cleanly I myself can free;
Shake hands for ever, cancel all our vows,
And when we meet at any time again,
Be it not seen in either of our brows
That we one jot of former love retain.
Now at the last gasp of love's latest breath,
When his pulse failing, passion speechless lies,
When faith is kneeling by his bed of death,
And innocence is closing up his eyes,
Now if thou would'st, when all have given him over,
From death to life thou mightst him yet recover.
I’m thrilled to join Nancy Bardach, Lisa Call and Dan Olfe as the “Artists to Watch” in Issue No. 7 of Art Quilt Collector magazine. It’s even more exciting to have a detail of a new artwork, Boundary Waters 85, featured on the cover.
All the info you need to subscribe to Art Quilt Collector or buy the single issue is here on the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ website.
Boundary Waters 82
I wanted to offer something new for the article so AQC is the premiere of Boundary Waters 82, 84, and 85. All these new artworks with all their details are up on my website now.
|click for the interview!|
|The starting corner|
|"The horror, the horror!"|
|The safe stowing|
|The cosiness of a fabric capsule, the joy of a clear floor|
So if you’re going to International Quilt Festival in Chicago this weekend (2017), please do see my quilts! Thank you SO MUCH to Becky Navarro, Special Exhibits coordinator for Quilts, Inc. (who put on the shows) for sending me these two photos of “She persisted in her quest to reach the shore and sing the anthem of the sea.”
The 45th (!!!) Anniversary of the Quilt Festival is coming up and they will be celebrating with the Sapphire Celebration from 2019 (45th year) to 2022 (sheesh that sounds almost impossible as a year!). To learn more about entering, go here and scroll down. They want traditional, art and modern quilts, size 50 x 50 or larger. The size is a challenge for art quilters who tend not to work so large, but I was thrilled to have the chance to work so large. And REALLY glad I have a Bernina Q20 sit-down machine now–the LONG, tall harp makes such a difference in working on such a large piece.
Quilts Inc. is giving you plenty of notice so put on your creative hats and get to work!
Umbelliferous: Queen Anne’s Lace No. 1 is also on display in the Patterns exhibit curated by Dinner@8, then will go to her new home with a private collector (I am still stunned and thrilled–thank you!).
Now, I need to go to the studio to work on my next piece!
|Paolozzi's pattern book, 1952|
|the bags hold compost made at Wrentham Avenue|
|... cue the dragonfly ...|