Saturday, December 31, 2011

ROY'S NEW HAT ....

Which fits me perfectly ! Thanks Erin!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"GIARDINO DI FIORI" . ..

Stitched Painting 13.5" X 29" Detail ....
The reverse side of the painting which shows the flowers. I need to figure out how to use this before it is covered up with canvas and framed!

"SUGAR COATED" TREES AT ARBOR VISTA ...

....and it's cold ...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

TRIBAL

Stitched mosaic painting 14 X 14 "Tribal"

Monday, December 12, 2011

A "BLACK AND WHITE" STUDY . . .

This latest stitched painting was a test to see if I could really create something meaningful without using all those colors I love. I think I have succeeded! There is a small amount of red, but it really needed to be there, right? I have titled this "Obstacles". It measures 18 X 30.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

ROY'S TRAIN . . .

Roy's train is now decorating the antique cherry drop leaf table that belonged to my Grandmother. It looks wonderful and really means Christmas to me. I suspect it will be a big hit with my younger relatives who will be here for the annual Family Gift Exchange. The train is circling a tiny village of houses, a church, a barn , some cars, and some buildings that reference local businesses here.
You will note that one of the businesses below is a "botique". Gotta love that!
These little buildings and tiny cars were made by my Mother and late step-father years ago. I can't even imagine how she managed to paint tiny flowers and curtains in the windows. Each year a new design was created, and many of us in the family have been gifted with a wonderful collection of these unique pieces.
My collection even includes a tiny black Amish wagon! Note the tiny red triangle warning on the back of the wagon.
Every year the collection comes out for the holidays and is then carefully wrapped in tissue and put away for next year. I always look forward to seeing them, like old friends. The past few years I have added small people, some trees, and animals to complete the village.
This is a very important tradition in my world of Christmas, my most favorite time of the year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

THE LAST PIECE FROM THE WORKSHOP . . .

I started working on this piece at the Greenville NY workshop last month. I have finally finished it and stretched it on the gallery frame. 17 X 26 stitched painting. "Bubbles and Fizz"

WOMAN WITH SCARF . . .

16 X 26, stitched painting. Woman With Scarf

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

SPIRAL STAIRCASE . . .

16 x 24, stitched painting. "Spiral Staircase"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

TAKING A BREAK FROM THE COLOR . . .

More small images from my sketchbook. After the color explosions of the mosaics, I enjoy doodling these (while waiting for paint to dry).

Saturday, November 26, 2011

CAN MOSAICS BE AN OBSESSION?

I think the answer must be yes. As I was putting this one together, it began to take on the many beautiful colors of a New Mexico sunset. It measures 9" X 15". If you click on the image, and look at the 1-inch square pieces, you can see that many of them become tiny individual pieces of abstract art, complete in themselves. I have titled this piece "New Mexico". I hope you like it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"HOTSPOTS" - stitched painting diptych

Each piece measures 12" X 23" Each piece is gallery wrap framed with a pumice gel finish on the frames.

"AERIAL VIEW" - stitched painting tetratych

Each piece measures 11" X 14". Each piece has a 2 inch gallery wrap frame and the edges are finished off with a pumice gel.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

THE BLUE PATH . . .

A study in color movement through painted and stitched fabric. 10" X 10"

Friday, November 18, 2011

IL VINO ROSSO . ..

Measures 10" X 10 ". Stitched painting of a small study in color movement.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SOME OF THE CREATIONS FROM MY WORKSHOP . . .

" In A Galaxy Far Far Away" - painted and stitched fabric, 15 X 23

"Hot spots" - painted and stitched fabric. Diptych, each piece measuring 11X 23.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

HUDSON RIVER VALLEY ART WORKSHOP !!

What a wonderful adventure I just had. I don't even know where to start to tell you all about it! Let's start with the accomodations. The workshop was held at the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn in Greenville NY. You can read more about it at http://www.greenvillearms.com/. This is my room. Very small, very comfortable and quite Victorian in all ways. How many different rose patterns could you really assemble in one room? The answer is "many"! There is no phone, no television and no internet connection. There is a very comfortable small sofa with big comfy pillows, perfect for reading or knitting. I did both on those evenings I was too tired to return to the studio. On the wall in my bathroom was a Currier and Ives print of "Rip Van Winkle's Cottage in the Catskills". That should give you an idea where I was in NY. This is the front of the Inn and my room was in the back building, the Carriage House. The Carriage House is also where the work studio was so it was really convenient. This is the Carriage House and the studio is a very large room you can see through the large windows in the front ( that used to be the carrige entrance ). The lights were on and students were often working well into the night throughout the week. To access the Carriage House from the main building you walked across a small bridge spanning a running stream that still showed evidence of a recent snow storm there.
This is a photograph of the front parlor where we got together every evening at 6pm for wine. A warm and cozy space indeed.
This photograph shows one of the 2 small dining rooms where we had breakfast and dinner each day. I love the wood archways!
And now you will see some photographs of the artworks I created during the week. Most of these are just shots of work in progress but I promise I will post them again after they are framed and ready to be seen.
I wish the week had gone more slowly as I was totally engrossed in my art, to the exclusion of all other activities. It was fabulous! And yes, there will be another one in my future. I have learned a new fiber art form that has me excited and I plan to create a meaningful body of work over the winter. You will take this trip with me so I hope you enjoy it!