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difergi

wandering on a road to an unknown destination
self actualization in a discovery mode

Monday, August 17, 2015

Two shows this fall so to back to work I go!

It is not really 'work' when I am creating stuff but every once in a while deadlines loom and I have to get my act together.  So....I sew!..... and finish up stuff.  I try not to think about the holiday season that is on the horizon....oh my..  Good thing I do not stress easily  :-)


Friday, July 24, 2015

My little world.....

I am starting a series of paintings that I am going to refer to as my 'village' paintings.  They will be full of imaginary characters, mystery, and magic.  If you ask me to explain them, I won't.  The narrative is up to you.  However, I will give you titles, so that is really  kind of a hint to my brain.  This piece is called, "the gift," and you will see repetition of many objects in this painting in the upcoming paintings.

I am energized and enjoying this whole process.  I  randomly sketched for about 2 months before I decided what the new paintings would be about.   Some of those sketches are posted on my  facebook's page, Difergi's.

Hope you enjoy these as I post them and that your narrative is happy and full of joy.  This piece is 24x36" and painted with acrylic paint.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Back from Vacation and trying to get in the grove again!

I am at a stumbling place.  A place where I have two loves pulling against each other.  Painting and textiles are both passions of mine.  For the last 10 years I have focused on textiles and for 26+  years before that I painted.  (I think that means I am old when you add that up!!, but that is a trauma for another day....).
I am having a strong urge to return to my painting roots and have been doing a lot of drawing lately. I feel VERY guilty about wanting to leave the textiles because of the time I have invested in developing my work and following.  So.... for right now I am keeping fingers in both mediums which will not work for very long.  Time will tell!  I have two textile shows coming up, therefore, I stitch until at least December.  Here are some of the drawings I have been working on.  Today, I am going to open up the paint jars and start a sizable painting.  Change, the one certainty in life....






Sunday, May 24, 2015

That time of the year again!

Will be seeing my granddaughters soon and of course that means making some dresses!  They have really grown.  Apparently, where they live 'long' skirts are the best.  It is a slight detour in my daily routine but time well spent.  I just pray that the clothes fit.  If not we can adjust.......Can't wait for their hugs..... (of course I made them some silk 'gypsy skirts'....now if I could only find them some kid size bangles :-))

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sketchbook fun....


I have so much fun doing these that I just want to share!...Husband says, "Why are you doing these in a sketchbook?".  I am just exploring. For me when I work in my sketch book I just can't take myself too seriously....it is just pure creation and fun...If you have never tried this type of play--  try it, you will like it :-)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Work goes on, in spite of the beautiful weather.....


The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and it is just a beautiful day in east Tennessee.  Later this afternoon I plan to enjoy the weather on our porch.  I might even cut the grass in the back yard!

But until then, I am working on smalls that will be matted and wrapped for sale.  I try to have levels of price points for my work so that everyone can afford something.  I realize that artwork is a luxury....and not everyone can have Picasso hanging on their walls.  My personal art collection has been developed over many years and I did a lot of trading with artists who I admired their work. I find it to be pure joy to be surrounded by the work and spirit of many talented creators.

On my docket next week is to get back to the big quilt I am working on, and I really need to open an ETSY shop.  I am only sharing this in hopes that it will get me moving in the right direction.  Sooo...stop and smell the roses and if they haven't bloomed yet, smell the irises...Have a blessed day....di

(The four pieces on the wall are in line for quilting next)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Oceans and more....

Next large piece started and can you tell it has part of an ocean in it?  Blues are so pretty.  This is just the background for everything else to go on top.  The quilt  is not due until October so I am well ahead of schedule.  The theme for the exhibit is 'Diaspora", and for some reason that really spoke to me (okay, I admit I had to look it up!).  So here we go-I always find themes that I want to express visually so if it is not accepted, I never regret the journey.

Monday, March 23, 2015

starting new smalls....so fun!

Life is simple when one gets excited by color.  Take me to a museum, paint store, whatever, and if it is full of glorious hues, I am in heaven.  Just started to intensify some smalls with inks and the colors are fabulous... it is a.good day and yes I am easy

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Quilt accepted into PAQA show

My quilt, "Life's Brew," has been accepted into the PAQA show "Reminisce" which will be opening on April 22 at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, North Carolina. The show runs until June 22.   Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Exercising the Brain Matter....

Am taking a month long drawing class online with Susan Shie.  The first big assignment is to draw your closet with a surprise in it.  Having literally not drawn anything other than quick sketches for compositions of quilts in the last 12 years this is a challenge.  I love to draw, just do not make time for it anymore.  So here is my closet on the way (it is due Monday!).....one misconception about drawing is that it is always a quick procedure but let me assure you that colored pencils are sloooow....

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

View outside of my studio window.....

What a beautiful and peaceful day to work in my studio....the earth blanketed in white, no footprints, and silence....
Finished up a piece for the SacredThreads show.  Have to get professional pictures made and then I am ready to enter it.  I usually will not show a piece until it is accepted (or not), but I decided to go ahead and post this.  It's title is 'The Clarion Call', and it is about how we are called to praise, give thanks, and lift our hearts up in joy.  Those of you who have know me for awhile will see the connection to the paintings I use to do.  I have been feeling the need to connect back to my core.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

This is where it gets scary....

This piece is  halfway composed and before I go any further in the sky I have to do some dying/inking.  Now why is this scary?  The answer is because I have already input many hours to get this far, the pieces are quilted together and some embellishment has already been added. The ink is applied on a wet surface and can very easily bleed into areas where it is unwanted.  So, my self-taught technique is, I have an iron right next to where I am inking and just work in small areas at a time..Drying and setting the ink with the heat ...works most of the time  ;-), of course I also use the crossed fingers technique....it is the times it doesn't work that make it scary...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Three of Three...done!


Blue indigo done.....IF I had to pick my very, very, favorite color, it might just be indigo blue.  I am a blue person and have always been drawn to it.  On the right,  the next small to be done and then of course I have a larger 30"x 30" piece I need to get done in the next 2 weeks....I do keep busy but making art is what makes me happy and keeps me sane....sane being a subjective thing....

Monday, February 2, 2015

I must be getting old-because I now love purple....


This is the second of three that have been waiting since Christmas to be finished.  The third one will be done tomorrow.  I do not know if it is my age or what but I have been really drawn to purple lately.  Is it hormones??????

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back in the normal routine....ahhhhh

Finished a long list of things 'to do' this month and now I can get back to the daily pick and choose of what I am going to work on today.  I finally finished a collage vase of flowers, not my normal subject matter but it was fun to do.  It is a vahhh-se, instead of a vase because it costs more than $25...lol.  One this size (16"x 22") unframed goes for $350, so it is a vahhh-se.  Now, I have to get back to work because I have two more that need to be completed....I love my life !!!!!  PS you can not see it in this picture but there is some beading in the flowers.  What? you say, use bigger beads so they show up....hmmmm

Friday, January 23, 2015

Long----week

It seems all I did this week was art related computer work....I shall go MAAAD.  All a necessary evil in a professional world.  I think I prefer living under the rock...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Peek.....

This is all that I can reveal to you at this time.  I am doing this piece for something specific. Many shows request that you do not show your entered work before the show opens.  So, I make it a rule not to show any of my big pieces until they are opening in a show.  This was inspired by a painting I made  years ago.  Today, the jungle is being added and then the inking begins.  Let us hope that it is accepted in the exhibit I intend it to go in.  No matter, if it is rejected by one, it can be accepted in another.  That is the game of art!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year-New Work on the way....


This is how I create a larger piece (over 40")...I plan the design, draw on muslin, load up on a mid-arm, surround myself with fabric of all colors and sizes, and then go to town.  Not anything mysterious to the process, it just takes time!  My mid-arm gives me  a lot of trouble so sometimes the process is wrought with frustration.  I scream, yell, curse, and then prevail as I refuse to have a machine limit me.  The fun part of this process is I don't get to see the whole piece until I unroll it off the machine...so it is sort of like Christmas and getting a present, (I might like it, I might not).  Of course, I can always reload it on the machine and finesse the whole thing. until it is right. 

A Happy New Year to all...may it be filled with laughter and joy....di

(I forgot to add the part where I paint, ink, and embellish.....after the composition is done....
Minor details...)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

There is a reason I do not do bedspreads BUT....

Okay, here is the way it is.....remodeling guest room, (low budget of course).  Doing boom swaps, given a ton of black background, rose/floral material (did I mention my house is victorian)..and I say to self--self you can make the bedspread for the room--save big money LOL.  Many months later, I have finished  piecing the top of the comforter and still have the shams to make.  The low budget part, haven't bought the batting yet $70, paid for quilting yet $100, bought pillow forms??? you get the idea...BUT..I will have a comforter with blocks made from many friends and it will be special...will I do it again...ummmm NO!  Do not try to find a place for  your eyes to rest...there is none :-(
I really like doing the art pieces much -more-better....

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Haven't posted in a while.....

Been rather busy and have not been in my studio as much as normal.  However, I do have 11 smalls, composed and ready to begin working on.  This picture is the first one I have stitched and started to paint on.  Can you believe I am actually doing a floral still life!!  If you look closely you will see the vase is not even close to balanced as it was created out of an irregular scrap...love irregularities.  This is just pinned on a background as I decide what the next progression will be.....

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Houston International Quilt Show




Alas!  I did not win an award but my quilt was one of 19 selected for the exhibit, 'Festival Gallery of Quilt Art: Home', and will be showing at the International Quilt Show in Houston this week.
The show opens tomorrow to the public so if you are one of the lucky ones attending please check it out.  I have never been able to go to the show BUT one of these days......I will.

The proper title of the quilt is, "Checkered Cab Take Me Home".  And the thought behind the image is returning from a trip, getting into a cab and returning to your land, your domicile, and your people.  All of which comprise 'home'. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

time to work on gifts....

In between art projects, so I am starting to work on gifts for the Holiday Season...here is a traditional? scrappy top ready to go to the long armer.  Have been making scrappy blocks on and off for the last 4-5 months when I needed something brainless to do.  Now they are all together and will be a surprise for someone!  It is a bit bright and bold but so is the recipient... :-)..now on to the next project....

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lollipop and the Giraffes...

I have NO idea what I was thinking when I made this piece!  I started with making this at a demo when I was, how you say, getting bored out of my mind.  So to entertain myself, I did the center portion and named her 'Miss Lollipops'...now, you have to admit she has a certain charm about her so I couldn't throw her away.  She did so want to live.  The rest is history...and she is watching the giraffes (I ask why not?) parade below her window.

I do not know if this is a masterpiece LOL but you have to love it.....di

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I am going crazy-but of course in a good way?

"Get the bookworm out of here and give me some eyes!" before I breath fire all over you.


Prince Charming says, "Stripe my crown, give me some eyes-I have a kingdom to rule...".

I do not have to talk to myself because my ornaments speak to me.....LOL

Friday, October 3, 2014

So much fun!!


Sometimes I think these guys become a part of my family. I am currently in the process of finishing painting them and glazing etc.  Some demand names, and their personalities just jump out and make me laugh.  These are the end batch of the ornaments that I will make this year.  There are a few, I will just hate to sell.  However, it is fun to think of someone smiling every year when they place one of my creations on their trees.

When I make these, I think of the saying that -"Creativity is intelligence having fun"- and that is so true.  Birthing an image, deciding on a nose shape, and letting them come forth is more fun than should be allowed.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Abstract Narratives"....

What is abstraction?  I once had a professor who said that everything that was not realism is abstract.  Now, I think he was a little extreme in his definition but he did have a valid point.  My work is abstracted/stylized imagery that creates a little world of somewhat illogical happenings.  Chairs, ladders, angels, spirit people all live in compositions that hopefully will encourage a lingering glance and a smile.  These are five in 'process' artworks that I am having fun working on this week.  Enjoy.....life, love, and art!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christmas is around the corner....yikes

It has been a while since I posted.  We went on a family vacation-visiting everyone and now I am back to work.  The time has come to make smalls for the holiday season so that is at the top of the list at the moment.....
The ornaments are fun to create but am looking forward to doing a big art piece in the near future...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Demonstrating at Arrowmont last weekend

Had fun demonstrating at the Southern Highland Guild store 'Arrowcraft' in Gaitlinburg this past weekend.  I worked on composing some smalls and have now brought them home to get them ready for the rest of the processes involved in making these little artworks.  It was a LOT of cut and paste.  On the afternoon of the second day, I picked up my sissors and they weighed  twenty pounds!  That is when, I knew it was time to quit.  Met lots of lovely people and had a great time.  Here are some of what I came back with-you will see them finished in the near future (or maybe not so near future ....)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Art Bee Round Robin

We started off with a 6" square and off it went to different members of the group.  Absolutely love how it is turning out....will still go to someone for embellishment....different perspectives melded together create really special end results....will post it when it is done...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mini Quilt Swap piece

This is a piece I made for a 'mini quilt swap'.  My swap partner is currently redoing a guest bedroom in sea glass colors and she loves dragonflies.  Hope she loves this, I do.  The quilt is 9x15 inches.  I have fun participating in these because it gives me a challenge, new themes to work on, and is not overly time consuming.  This little jewel is going to DragonNana....how is that for an avatar name!

Time for some more smalls.....

 Finished my last competition piece for the year and now I am going to work on some smalls.  I love doing these because I can just be inventive and do whatever makes me happy.  The middle of July, I will be in Gatlinburg doing some demo time at Arrowcraft, sooooo....that means I have to build up some stock because I just know every piece I bring will just go walking out the door.   I will be prepared for success  :-)  ....

In October, I will be in a tour of 'Artist's Open Studios', in Sweetwater,  which should be fun.  Also, have a couple more things on my schedule wihich I will share later.  But for now it is 'get to work' time.





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Peek-competition piece shhhh!

This will be the background for a new piece I am working on...I will do all this piecing and then put it in a dye bath and see what happens...then there will be some bleaching and then the foreground will be applied.  All of this has a lot of 'happenstance'(is that a word?), so we shall see...working great so far....keep your fingers crossed  :-)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Silly Project....

I have always been fascinated by the school girl alphabet samplers.  They make me pause and wonder whose hands stitched the letters, houses, etc.  So, I decided to make something that in years to come when sitting on a shelf in a thrift shop will, hopefully, cause someone to stop and reflect about my hands working, and my mind creating.  I am doing a 'bio' piece for the year 2014.  Taking something that impacts or reflects my month, making a small reflective piece, and eventually sewing them all together, I am creating a time capsule of my year.  There will be some embellishments, etc., after all the pieces are sewn together and I think I am going to frame it.  We shall see.  I am halfway through the year and who knows what the rest of the pieces will be.  It is fun to work on and hopefully interesting enough that no one will throw it away before the 100 years I would like it to last.  I do have my delusions...LOL



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Thursday, May 22, 2014

fronts and backs....

sometimes the back is as fun as the front...just finished these two smalls and wanted to show both sides!  They will be matted and framed so the back really doesn't matter but I just like to see the linework...




Saturday, May 3, 2014

Quilt in "Art Quilt Whimsy" show

This quilt is currently showing at the "Art Quilts Whimsy" show in Cary, NC.  It is called 'Joy in the Village'....I think it is fun and joyous and of course it features ladders, ram horns, houses, and chairs    :-)