Friday, December 12, 2014

Mermaid Tears and My New Rack

My sister Marybeth is perhaps my biggest fan because she regularly reads my blog and comments--always glowingly--on my work.  So of course I used her birthday as an excuse to crochet another Mermaid Tears purse.  I know she loved it because she called me "uber talented" on BookFace.
I hereby will her all my quilts.

Can you believe my new quilt rack?  Many moons ago a friend said she wanted one of my art quilts.  When I suggested we do a swap, she commissioned her uber talented woodworker husband to make me a new quilt rack.  Wow!  It's laminated ash with black walnut details, and I think the sinuous S curve is perfect for me.  I'm not sinuous, but I'm SSSSara.

It's going to look wonderful in our new coastal hideaway to which we are finally moving in just four days.  After three long months of living minimally without my studio, we have buyers.  Whether I will have another whole room to myself for a studio is uncertain.  For the moment I am eyeing a corner of the master bedroom because it is gloriously bathed in natural light from two skylights.  

However, art must wait awhile longer till we unpack, tuck away, and finish installing the new living room floor.  There are at least four quilt guilds near my new home, so I have no excuse for not at least testing the local quilting waters.  Talley ho!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Baby Blankie

It proved too much to hope that between my last post and today I'd be moved and have a new sewing studio.  Instead my DH and I have been driving back and forth between our new home on the coast and our old in the Valley.  Coast is getting remodeled, and Valley is minimalized for the many lookers who aren't buyers.  Hence more crochet.  So glad I chose not to use the traditional pastels for this baby blanket.  These colors are luscious.

Now I'm enrolled in two more Craftsy classes to upgrade my knitting and crochet skills, and I'm checking out Mark Lipinski's Slow Stitch Movement.  Sounds like a good berth for me while I'm in this transitional limbo.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mermaid Tears Purse for Kristin

So our house is for sale, which means living minimally.  It's been emptied of all personal decor, and clutter necessary for daily life can be quickly stashed away if someone wants to view the house.
My creative life has been reduced to a couple of baskets of yarn and some crochet hooks.

When my sister Anne died in July, it was so comforting to me that her oldest daughter Elizabeth loved the purse I had crocheted for her mother.  But then I wanted something to give to her younger daughter Kristin.  After I learned her favorite colors were blues and greens, I began searching the Net for contemporary crochet inspiration.  The title alone, Mermaid Tears, made this pattern a perfect choice.   It was so much fun watching it emerge in my hands, I'm sure I want to make another.  This purse is on its way to Kristin.  USPS--I'm tracking!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What Will Remain--Proceed With Caution 18"w x 24"h

This work is inspired by a sobering thought....with or without us, the planet will remain.  

Here's another....this quilt is the final one prompted by my art group Loose Threads.  As soon as we sell our house here in the California Central Valley, my husband and I will move to the central coast of California.  My studio languishes in boxes, and for weeks I've been dismantling our home to get it ready.  Today we are officially listed on the market.

Regretfully, I leave behind a very special group of friends and fellow artists who have been my muses, fan club, teachers, and sisters-in-stitch.  What the future holds for me as an artist is uncertain for now.
So many life-altering upheavals over the last two years have left me feeling a lot like this composition. That said, I look forward to long coastal walks with the ocean as my soundtrack.  How can that not be wondrous?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Anne's Purse 8" x 9"

My sister Anne requested a felted purse after she saw the autumn dragonfly purse I posted last November.  But her favorite colors were pinks, oranges, and aquamarine blues.  Excited when I found the perfect yarn, I crocheted and felted it only to learn that the angora doesn't mat down.  Hence the soft fuzziness.

I was looking forward to delivering the purse to Anne in person at a family reunion next week.  But she died suddenly on July 20.  That her daughter Elizabeth wanted to have it is truly comforting.
Oh, Annie.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lights in the Park 24"x38"

This exercise in extemporaneous piecing was inspired by a painting by contemporary artist Leonid Afremov  I worked from a small magazine picture on my friend Sharon's inspiration board.  Of course the complementary colors drew me in, but also the opportunity to create an abstract composition from a very lively picture.  All the fun, however, was in the wild piecing which was brought under control as trapezoidal blocks.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Circuit Board 18" x 24"

This year my Loose Threads Art Group is creating pieces inspired by each other's story boards.  (A story board is a collection of images, quotes, objects etc. that one finds intriguing.)  On Anna's board I found a diminutive (2"x3") circuit board, which I thought might make an interesting abstract composition.  Successful or not, it certainly moved me away from my comfort zone because collage is rarely a solution I choose.