Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Montaña de Oro (Google Earthed). 30"x40"

Members of my local artist group Cutting Edge are preparing for a group exhibit at the October 2017 Pacific International Quilt Fest in Santa Clara.  We chose the theme "Montaña de Oro" with the emphasis on the "Oro" and not necessarily the state park of the same name.  However, because the Park is such an important part of my life, my piece needed to be inspired by that gorgeous stretch of coast.

Last May I joined a group of citizen scientists monitoring the nests and chicks of the iconic shorebird called Black Oystercatchers in Montaña de Oro State Park.  I was handed some alarmingly complicated forms upon which to record my observations, and some wonderful Google Earth maps of the park.  At last I had my quilt idea.  For anyone familiar with the park, that blue indentation in the middle is Spooner's Cove where the bluff trailhead sends intrepid hikers along a path of sublime scenic beauty.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Art with Grandma



So much fun to be artists with my granddaughters.  Up in Bishop we tried "hair chalk," which showed up beautifully on Bridget's golden locks.  But not so well on my silver streaks.  However, the very warm sunshine was perfect for sun prints with both Bridget and little Brynn.  Back home in Los Osos, Reaghan came over with a handful of papers she wanted to paint.  Good thing Grandpa had an old teeshirt handy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The World is a Rose. 12"x12"



"The world is a rose.  Smell it and pass it to your friends."  Persian proverb
The annual SAQA Benefit Auction deadline snuck up on me this year.  I have donated for more years than I can remember, so when they gently reminded me the due date was fast approaching I dug deep.
Literally.  

This little quilt was begun years ago but only recently finished.  I photographed a rose, printed it on fabric, and machine quilted all over it.  What took so long was the hand beading on the petals, which you can't see too well in the detail shot.  Because I don't see that well anymore either, it's my beading swan song.

Here's my latest Tad Dah! moment.  My piece "I Pledge"(see previous post on 4/22) made the cut for the Threads of Resistance traveling exhibit.  I'm extremely honored that I get to hang out with some big talent.  To say nothing of the passionate and timely messages illustrated therein.





Thursday, May 4, 2017

Night Lights. 19" x 21"

Just playing around with leftover bits that like each other.  I love improv.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I Pledge

#45 has done nothing in his first 100 days to weaken my resolve.  I pledge allegiance to the earth, the only home we have.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Snowflake of Resistance. 25"x25"



It's no secret that I am among those who are appalled by and resistant to Trump and his administration.  I made this little quilt because there has been a call for fiber art themed "Threads of Resistance."  Probably preaching to the choir, but here is my first shot. There might be a second.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Simplified Landscape Postcard

My last card for Postmark'd Art which is, I'm told, about to cease exchanges.  As I joined this online group somewhere in the middle of its run, I don't know how long it's been around.  But my oldest card dates to 2011.  I have two shoeboxes full of cards I've received and sent all over the world.  (My 3 year old granddaughter loves sorting through them which is one of many reasons to treasure them.)
Sayonara to all my postcard friends out there.  Art will always be the best way to share ourselves.