* * * Handmade House 710 Broadway Ave , Saskatoon - Find me there on Fridays. I'm a new member selling my mini threadpaintings & hand embroidery.
* * * SCC 40th Anniversary Exhibition Members' Show & Sale until the end of August, 2015. 813 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon
* * * ArtWalk Weyburn SK - My art @ Investors Group July & August as part of a Fibre Art showcase & walking tour put together by Jaynie Himsl.
* * * Dimensions 2015 - MacKenzie Art Gallery Regina SK, until August 16, 2015. Juried selection of SK Fine Craft (Prairie City is part of this touring exhibition)

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sunday Snapshots

I am so refueled - captured so many beauties in just a short period of time.  I went out for a little visit to my friend Patti's.  It was the perfect day!  She lives on a very high point and you can see so far!

looks like we could sled down it in the winter, but it's really not that sloped

It didn't look like she was home, so we drove a little further and took the dog for a run.  LOVE this picture!  Look at that!  Yellow, Green, Blue!

Then back to Patti's.  My kids love to feed her horses.  Isn't this a lovely photo!  I have it blown up really huge on my monitor.  I love the focus on my daughter as she gathers hay, and then the blur of the fields down below.

The Saskatoon berries are ridiculously abundant and so, so blue!  I've never seen them like this.

Lucky for me - I took that photo while the wind was whipping, and I managed a clear shot from fairly far away.  Something was blowing in.  We were loosing steam and decided to head for home.

Above: I must threadpaint this.  The clouds - oh it looks so fake!  I love all the varieties of only green and blue.

Below: I must threadpaint that.  The purple blowing about is so darn pretty!  I love the windiness of that image.  It's so me.  If I stitch that, I just might have to keep it for myself.

Happy Sunday to you!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Members' Show & Sale is Up!

Today marks the opening of a very different kind of exhibition at the Affinity Gallery of the SK Craft Council.  To celebrate their 40th anniversary, they have filled the gallery (and I quote) 'to the rafters'.  50 members have submitted at least two pieces each in every area of craft.  It will be an ever changing display.  Everything is for sale in the room, and as they sell, they can be taken home and will be replaced with a new piece.  I stopped in with my work at the point that Les & Maia had plenty already up on the walls.  SO much colour.  It's really great, a must-see if you are on Broadway Ave.

I have two pieces in there.  One is my Dimensions 2013 Threadpainting - which is entirely hand stitched with the exception of the sky.

She's Blooming!  2013  (click to view larger)

This is in a contemporary style dark frame with a wide white floating mat.  It just came off a two year tour.  It's one of a kind and full of a couple thousand French Knots.  Needless to say, you expect a higher price on this one because of the amount of hand work.  it's based on the view heading back from Jackfish Lake.  The hills in the distance (Table Mountain Range) always looked blue from where we lived.  If you see works of mine with that blue-grey on the horizon, that's the story behind it.  : )  Please click on the image and you should be able to view it larger.

The second threadpainting in the show is my recent one, also in a dark contemporary frame with wide floating mat.  It's based on the turnaround at the Grasswood gas station heading toward Regina.  The colours were inspired by the way the sky looked just after a tornado warning was lifted.  I've worked this one out before, however, this version is the largest I've done.

Storm has Passed, 2015

A big congratulations to the Saskatchewan Craft Council and THANK YOU for providing your members with this wonderful opportunity over the summer.  : )

You can see images of more of the pieces available from the members HERE.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Things I Love Thursday

Well, the smoke has cleared.  The days are hot and we've had a lot of rain this week.  The dragonflies are famished and so there are still no mosquitoes!  I LOVE THAT.  Some years are really bad.  Last summer we started with a lot of rain and the rest of the summer was pretty dry.  Farmers enjoyed a bumper crop.  This year it is the opposite - dry, dry dry... finally some rain.  I don't quite understand how, but the berries on the prairies are enjoying a bumper crop themselves!  Cherries, raspberries, Saskatoons berries...

These are black currants we've been picking lately.  I love the way they go through so many colour changes - green - yellow - orange - red - burgundy - black.  We cook them down to make syrop.  mmmm.

I love how this next image looks like a wreath!  These grow in the school yard across the street and we pick them every summer.

The baby ducks are back!  Hurray!  I was told that children were playing with the eggs around the pond and taking some!!  :(  Thankfully, they seem to have missed a lot.  There are a couple very large families being watched over by mama ducks.  I love that they are so tame.  The mama came right up out of the water with all her offspring and they hung out at my feet nibbling on the masses of clover flowers.

I love this place where we live.  It's so nice to sit by the water at the end of the day and just relax.  I'm also glad I brought my camera.

Cattails and thistles.

Enjoy your Thursday and count your blessing.  Never forget the little things. : )

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