Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween........and Thank YOU!

  


The above painting is one I did way back in 2000 but it's one of my favorite paintings I've done. It's on an oval piece of wood. Every year when I get it out for the season I always wonder why I don't paint more often.

I want to share a few things I've received recently, starting with a Halloween ornament that I won in a raffle over at EHAG blog.It's a great blog for all things Halloweeny.


It was made by Melissa Valeriote better known as the Holiday Queen.If you LOVE Halloween, you should definitely visit the EHAG site and Melissa's blog. They are both filled with absolutely wonderful Halloween art. Thank you Melissa for creating this cute little witch!

The next item is one I received from the Pink Artists Block Party Raffle.
I was thrilled when I opened this up. The artist Doris Arndt is such a wonderful mixed media artist and I couldn't believe that I actually was the lucky winner of a mixed media painting by her. Here's her website link also.

                                                     
The next is an ATC that I received yesterday from Cheryl Strait. Thank you Cheryl, I love it. Cheryl had recently purchased some ceramic heads from me on etsy and she was so kind to send me an ATC.
Cheryl makes lovely jewelry, go check out her blog and her etsy. (she's having a sale!)



                                           
I know I promised a sampling of things I've been working on, but these other pieces needed to be shown first.
Hopefully in the next day or so I can finally show some works that have been 'brewing'.
Until then....happy trick or treating!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Goals are dreams with deadlines. ~Diana Scharf Hunt


I have been so busy lately that I haven't posted in weeks. So many 'irons in the fire' as they say that I'm running in circles. Rather than go through the laundry list of things I've been up to, I will make a quick post today to thank TWO people,
Janine & Julie, who sent me an award WEEKS ago. This award is supposed to be sent on to 7 other people and I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself... Well,
I think I'll just take the lazy way out AND the politically correct way out and say that every blog I encounter is CREATIVE in it's own special way. So therefore, if you visit my blog consider yourself a recipient of this award! I know that some folks don't like awards, some folks have never received an award so here it is...
You've earned it if you've taken the time to create a blog and you spend any time at all visiting blogs and commenting on them!
As for the 7 things about myself...I'll post them as the week progresses in the form of projects I'm working on.
I received this award from Janine first and then a few days later I received it from Julie.THANK YOU again Janine & Julie! Please take the time to go visit their blogs if you don't already know them. It is well worth your time.
I'm off to mail my art quilt, "Support Your Sisters" to the lucky recipient from the Pink Artists Project to benefit breast cancer. It's traveling to Washington to it's new home.
I will post photos of works in progress and finished pieces later this week.
Until then, live your life creatively~

Friday, October 9, 2009

Where have I been, you ask?

I have been so slack in posting since early Sept but I've kept busy so that's a good thing. The only thing I have completed to show you is some fabric collages I made for some blog friends: Becky, Marsha & Terri.
I posted a blog giveaway back in March and they were the lucky winners. I've heard from them all since they received their pieces and I believe they're quite happy with them. Terri even called me from PA to chat.
It was a delight to actually talk to someone that I've only exchanged blog comments with. We have quite a bit in common. Although I have to say that the more time I spend with creative people, whether in the blogosphere or in person I find that there is a common thread that runs through all of us women.
Last month I joined the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild and I feel like I have 'found my people'. I connected with a few 'like-minded' creative folks when we lived in GA through the pottery studio where I worked with ceramics and it was fun, but not quite the same as this guild. I NEVER found my group of artsy friends when we lived in CT, although I did have a group of artsy/craftsy friends when I lived in KY and we gathered together once a year to produce our own art show/sale at one of our homes.
BUT this guild is like I've finally found a home. The members are very diverse and amazingly talented.
It's such a fun group of women and each month the guild sponsors a 2-day workshop with  fabulous artists.
I just completed a workshop with Laura Cater-Woods and she was absolutely FANTASTIC! I was familiar with her work because of Quilting Arts magazine but never imagined I'd be taking a workshop with her! Not that I  wasn't interested in her style but because I just never thought I'd get that opportunity to do so this close to where I live.
I'm not the type to venture far and wide to attend workshops with the exception of attending Art & Soul in Hampton, VA. I've attended that twice with my dear friend Sandy because it's close to my hometown and Sandy is SO much fun to take classes with. She's my art buddy from WAY back. Plus she's been an inspiration to me from the very beginnings of my artistic journey.  So to have found this needle arts guild
makes the whole move to this area a major bonus in my book. I think I'll survive the cold winter a little better than I did last year.
Back to Laura Cater-Woods...She's an extremely talented lady, very easy going and loves to share her knowledge. Not only did I learn quite a bit about color theory, designing and piecing a quilt in her style
but she offered up so much more information. If you ever get the chance to take one of her workshops,
I highly recommend it.
The Chicago area is brimming with talented fiber artists. I knew from internet searches and reading Quilting Arts that this area was full of some very creative artists in all mediums but to finally be in an area where fiber arts is considered an ART is amazing. I think that's why I've gone off into so many other mediums through the years, because textiles were not really considered art. So I kept my sewing skills for making garments for myself and my daughter. At one time I was taking orders for little girls clothing, mainly specialty dresses for the holidays or for weddings. I also sewed for my home, making window treatments, pillows, covering chairs and ottomans, etc, etc, etc. And that was fine, it kept me sewing and refining some of my skills.
The most recent money making sewing venture was in GA. I bought my Bernina machine specifically so
I could monogram. My daughter is an equestrian and her collar for her show shirt needed to be embroidered with her initials. I did her collars and her saddle pads for the horse. Then I put her initials on the polo wraps for the horses legs, and on and on. Then I put an ad up at the barn and got bags full of horse accessories to
monogram. I was able to make some money and hone my skills on my new embroidery machine.
All these sewing 'projects' through the years have brought me to the realization that I do LOVE to sew and although I haven't been creating the art that I want to create with my fabrics, threads and my wonderful sewing machine, it has been part of my journey and obviously steps that I needed to take.
Now I can finally say that  I DO want to concentrate on fiber arts, although I'm not giving up ALL of my art mediums that I play with. I want to continue to expand my knowledge of fabrics, thread and my machine,
as well as hand stitching. I just love the fact that I'm finally able to realize that fiber arts is where I need to be.
I've been waffling back and forth with painting, collage, fiber, etc. Bringing them all together is going to be my  focus.

I will probably always think of myself as a 'mixed-media' artist but maybe one day I'll be able to call myself a fiber artist or better yet, a fiber/mixed-media artist?? What do you think?

Below are the fabric collages I sent to Terri, Becky and Marsha. (in the order of the photos)

Each collage has a quote printed on fabric. Terri's Paris theme is actually in french and loosely translated says "Nothing compares to Paris".
Becky's quote says "Life on the planet is born of Woman".
Marsha's quote says "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime".
Off to my studio to continue with the piece I started in Laura's class. I will post it when I'm finished. Until then, live your life creatively~

Friday, October 2, 2009

Reminder and update...

Since we are now into October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, I would like to remind you all to get your mammogram! Also please go to the site http://www.girl-gone-thread-wild.blogspot.com/2009/07/pink-artist-drawing-2009-prize-wheel.html to participate in the fabulous raffle that is going on. I can't believe the beautiful works of art that have been donated to the cause. All you have to do is send in a donation to be included in the raffle to win one of the wonderful items. The grand prize is the quilt which was made in individual squares by various artists, then sent to Monica who created the quilt. Go check it out, you'll be glad you did.
The update is concerning my etsy. I have finally uploaded ceramic items and will be adding more this weekend.
Go check it out http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5262022.
Thanks and have a great creative weekend~