Monday, May 2, 2016

Time to clean the studio

Red X
44" x 64"
The piece above hangs in my dining/living room, it is one of my favorites. I've been pondering doing something with big swooping brush marks again but haven't primarily because of space. Now I'm the very fortunate person that has two studios, so I do have the space. Work like this takes place in Studio B, my wet studio, unfortunately I've not kept it organized and cleaned. I have been doing small stuff like my leaves and gelli prints, but something large and messy is going to require some work to get the space ready. So today I'm posting a few pictures here to make this very public so that I can show some improvement in the next few weeks.
 The view from the door.
 To the right of the door
The soy wax and encaustic table.
In the back you can see a big white piece, that is a 4 x8 piece of foam insulation that I pin my fabric to when I do the type of painting I want to do. Right now I can't get to it, there is a whole lot of stuff piled in front of it.
To add to the urgency of cleaning this up, I've scheduled an indigo play day for the 21st of this month.

There is a small group of us that get together usually once a week, but not always. For the past three weeks we've been meeting here in Studio A because I have two sewing machines set up, two ironing stations and space for everyone. We pieced a quilt that will be used by a local organization for a fund raiser. It got finished last week and has now gone to the long arm quilter.

The Weekly Leaf

I got out an old silk screen this week and did a quick screen print on hand dyed fabric.
The screen and the print.

Week #18

Daily stitching updates

Gelli prints #117-#123

Shades of Orange #44-#50

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Friends, exercise and stitching

On Sunday I drove over to Eagle, ID to meet up with friends that I haven't seen for several months and it was wonderful. We met at Kathleen's new house/studio, got the tour, met someone new, shared our art work and ate. Pat Budge joined us for the first time and I do hope she joins us again  in the future. Our potluck lunches are the best! Everyone just brings something and we end up with an interesting variety of delicious food. The big hit this time was lime cookies that Lisa brought.

On Monday I spent the day in Caldwell, ID at an exercise training class. We have a free program for seniors here in Idaho called Fit and Fall Proof, I have been participating off and on for a little over a year. I'm now one of the leaders of our group here in Weiser. There are five of us that take turns leading the hour long class. The class attendance ranges from about twenty to over forty participants with an age range from early sixties to mid nineties, with a large range of physical abilities. I know I always feel better when I'm physically active so I figured this was the ideal way to keep me motivated and going.

The Weekly Leaf

I used a Solarfast for this weeks leaf, Burnt orange Solarfast on hand dyed yellow cotton with a couple of geranium leaves.

Week #17

Daily Stitching updates
Gelli prints #110-#116

Shades of orange #37-#43

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"

Monday, April 18, 2016

Weekly and Daily Stitching

All I have to show this week is the Weekly Leaf and my daily stitching. I've been busy, just not busy in the studio.

The Weekly Leaf

 This weeks leaf is a trace monotype, thanks to my friend Lisa I now know what it's called. The first one I did several weeks ago and this was my second attempt, it came out better. I rolled the paint onto the gelli plate, laid down my fabric, put my drawing on top and very carefully traced the drawing without putting any other pressure on the gelli plate.

Week #16

Daily Stitching updates

Gelli prints #103-#109

Shades of Orange #30-#36

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"

Monday, April 11, 2016

Crab Apple tree, Tulips and some stitching

I'm feeling better, the weather has been incredibly beautiful, so I've been out enjoying it. My Prairie Fire Crab Apple tree is in full bloom and is full of buzzing bees.

Then there are my tulips, oh my, I can't resist taking closeups.

The Weekly Leaf

I took advantage of the wonderful sunshine and did a blueprint (cyanotype). I used pretreated fabric from Blueprints on Fabric. This may look familiar to some, I used the same dried mimosa leaf that was used in last years SAQA donation. Here it is out in the sun

Before rinsing.

After rinsing.


Daily Stitching updates

Gelli prints #96-#102

Shades of Orange #23-#29

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"