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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Things I Love Thursday

Yes - the moon.  She was lovely as always.  Like most others with a camera, I snapped my own images of her from the deck of my home.  The night was clear and the timing was great.  My kids were out in the backyard enjoying with me.

I love that the days are still warm.  We've had a few warm nights still and were able to sleep with the windows open, though the colours continue to change with the season.

That is the tree over my back deck.  I do love the yellow so very much, especially when it's illuminated in the light!  Many trees are still green.  A few are bare since the last big wind.  This next one from Sutherland Beach is so great - look how much space it takes up!  It's my son's favourite.  He stopped in his tracks to say, 'WOAH.  LOOK at that tree!'

The paths at that off leash park are so gorgeous and a tad spooky.  I love being able to look past the gnarly dark branches to see sunlit areas.  It's like mini tree forts for little ones.

It's not just the trees... but the grasses change colour too.  I love when I find orange and red grasses in the natural parks.  They are so beautiful and they glow when the sun hits them.  This batch looked pretty at the top of a retaining wall along a path.

Okay, one more photo!  This bush is great - the leaves look like coins from a way back: red and gold and burgundy and yellow spots of colour.

Isn't that lovely!?  What a great September it has been.  Happy October, and Happy Thursday to you!  : )

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

New Embroideries

I've been stitching and working at Handmade House and stitching and working at Handmade House.  I took a big plunge into more yarn embroideries.  After hanging out with the painters, I really wanted to push myself with the yarns and approach it like painting.  I had some variegated balls of yarn and took them apart, winding and twisting them into smaller skeins.  Then I had them all out before me and slowly put some pieces together based on some favourite images of mine.

September Winds, 2015

I finished off several in the last week.  They aren't framed.  I'm not sure what I'll do them.  Isn't that always the dilemma!?  Still, they were a wonderful personal challenge.  I did my best to keep it loose and chunky, and not get to perfect.  I really like how colourful they are!

Avens, 2015

Those pink blobs are from a photo I took at my friend Bernie's.  They open up into fluffs called, 'Prairie Smoke'.  The whole patch of them give the impression of smoke on the ground.  I'm not sure you can make it out.  I've been keeping this photo for a couple years now, waiting for the right moment.  This seemed like it.  The embroidery is busy, but I like it.  On the black background, it feels like an oil pastel.

The last one I want to show you was from a grove at Bridget's acreage.  We were standing on the hill taking in the big view when I looked down into the trees and say the yellow just glowing in the shadows!  I loved it so much.  And so...  I stitched it.

The blue/periwinkle blobs are meant to represent asters.  I wasn't planning on putting them in, but I think it really added to bring the piece to life.  These are all small, likely as big as you see them on your screen.   Well... whether you like them or not, they were a terrific experience for me.  Each blended streak of yarn just stitched itself out like a brushstroke thick with paints.  Let me know what you think, and maybe I'll show you more.  ; )

Always a work in progress!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Wrapping up September, Preparing for October

Woo!  What a weekend.  That was a long three days.  Friday, the artists set up at Solar Gardens.  Saturday and Sunday we sold our work.  I've never done a two day show before.  I'm totally exhausted both socially and physically.  : )  But it's a good kind of ache.  It means I was busy on my feet with a steady flow of people.  I was in the glass house, very hot I must say!  I drank and drank and drank water.  The weather was beautiful and the company of the other artists was wonderful.

@ Solar Gardens in the Glass House

That was my cell phone photo of part of my display area.  This shows three panel walls, but I had a fourth with another table.  It was a very good show for me in many ways.  I sold several threadpaintings including all three of the autumn ones I showed you last post!  That's pretty exciting.  One went to Regina, one to Davidson, and one in Saskatoon.  The art out there was fantastic - pottery, paintings, glass, illustrations, mixed media, metal...  It seemed like a much bigger group than when I was at Agar's 2 years ago.

I enjoyed quality time with a few painters after the first show day.  Well - quality time watching the painters critique each other after the show.  It was really great to witness.  With fibre, there's so much about technique, cleaning up loose threads, texture, what does the back look like?, to use glass or not to use glass...  The evening listening to painters was refreshing.  The particular group of women I was with spent their time talking about value and composition, line and contrast.  It was wonderful and gave me lots to reflect on later.  They do a lot of abstract, and it gave my some ideas on how to loosen up my work when stitching with yarns.

red winged black birds - photo from last autumn
I'm always awed by the comments of the people who come to look at the art.  Some get VERY happy, some are stopped in their tracks, some can't contain themselves.  They always have such incredible reactions and I wish I had a guest book for them to sign this past weekend.  I joked that I need a 'his' and 'hers' guest book.  The women offer beautiful, meaningful expressions of gratitude and awe.  The men often swear!  lol  I'm serious.  I don't know how many men said things like, 'ho#y Sh%t!  That's thread!?'  I was taken aback several times.  Why is that!?  I just giggled.  Maybe I need a swear jar.  ; )

All in all, I am grateful for all of the reactions from all of the folks.  There was never a dull moment.  And so, thank you to organizer Judy Wood, event host Solar Gardens, and all the artists and guests that came out.  It was a very fun weekend!

As for available art, four more of my threadpaintings are now relocated for sale at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique.  I delivered them the next morning.  I'm caught up my commissions and so now I work on filling my sewing room with art in anticipation of next month's Open Studio.  !!  Yes, it's that time again.  I'm excited about this and a bit surprised to think it's been a whole year since I had my first studio show/gathering.  Save the date!  

Saturday, October 17th from 1pm to 8 pm

Have a lovely week!  Happy Autumn Equinox : )

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