Tuesday, January 16, 2018
1. I started collecting old scissors on a trip to Indiana in 2013, after enviously noting my artist aunt Reva's scissor collection. This forced me to take a class on flash photography, and buy a flash attachment for my camera, in order to accurately photograph my old scissors. That done, the scissors were photoshopped into a polka dot star pattern I designed.
2. On a trip to the Galapagos in 2017, a fellow traveler was always sewing and I spent a couple of hours doing a watercolor of her pin cushion, which I liked a lot. So I printed it onto fabric.
3. I made the mistake of going into Britex Fabrics in SF (before they moved this year), thinking I would only look, and exited with scissor and pin cushion fabrics plus some complimentary blue and white fabric as well. I needed to do something with them.
Once all of the above happened, I thought I'd put all the elements together and make a quilt I could enter into a cool quilt contest. The problem is my craft abilities are inferior to my creative abilities so the finished quilt, being slightly imperfect, would probably never get accepted in a craft quilt contest. Additionally, after photographing the quilt, I transformed it in Photoshop to neatly fill a unified space and find it now looks slightly more warped than it really is. So the only place this quilt will be featured for now is here. It will be live for viewing at my Marin Open Studios this coming May, however.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
1. Pen & Ink and Watercolor portrait of sulky grandson Cole Taylor. His nose is too long in the painting, as can be seen from the photo below it. That might have been because we were reading the book Pinocchio! Cole was not as willing to pose as his twin brother so this is the only time I had to paint him.
2. Watercolor painting of Wilson, which doesn't do him justice, as can be seen from the photo of him above the artwork.
3. Pen & Ink and watercolor and pastel pencil portrait of Wilson in his sport shirt. He looks a bit like a Nazi youth in this picture, which Wilson said was "creepy." It does not look much like the photo of Wilson above the art, holding up the world with his dyed red Mohawk hairdo.
4. An Abstract, inspired by going to Discovery Park in Seattle, one of my favorite places to hike
5. A Memory Abstract of my week in Seattle ends the tableau.
Friday, November 24, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Paper Art Collage:
"Flamingos and Yellow Roses" Paper Collage 22" w x 19 1/2" h
Fabric Art Quilts: (photos could show the final work better)
Wild Animal Baby Quilt 49" w x 49 1/2" h
Wild Animal Baby Quilt back with various Minky fabric patches
"Under the Sea" 48 1/2" w x 71 1/2" h (includes batik fabrics bought in India, photos and various other applique art)
"Robin Walking Away From Chaos" 47" w x 68" h. Tons of hand embroidery and a wool punch bird!
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Getting sick in the summertime has never seemed fair. But it recently happened to me. I decided to try to tackle how it felt by doing another mixed media collage. The (for now) final version is at the top of the page, an earlier version below it. So what's the backstory on the elements used in this new creation? The photo of me in the collage goes back to a Christmas in 1971 when my sister Susan came to visit me while I was living in Madrid, Spain. As I was often sick during the two years I lived there, I'm pretty sure I was sick that Christmas. I was also pretty poor. I always liked the moody photo Susan shot of me in front of the wall calendar. To illustrate my sore throat, I used another little piece of my new red Japanese washi paper. I didn't have any picture of viruses to throw at the image so sampled a few I discovered Tal Danino had created and posted on his twitter account (link here) I could have used my own bacterial design which I created for a Spoonflower (link here - although they aren't showing all of my designs anymore) fabric design contest - a Paenibacillus done in 2015 because it looked cool, but I didn't because that wasn't what was infecting me. Finally, I spent too much time trying to create a brain image using various photos (from the ocean in Pt. Reyes to the Botanical Gardens in Berkeley.) I'm not too happy with the resulting brain but think it is time to move on from this project.