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difergi

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

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 'Arrowmont' 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    :-)

been busy working!

Haven't posted in a while because I have been working on some pieces that I want to enter into some shows.  Since some of the shows do not want you to show pictures of your work before the show opens, I just make it a policy not to show any competition work until after the unveilings.  Of course, there is a strong possibility that the work won't be accepted so I will show you after rejection notices....

This piece I think I am going to donate to an auction-still have to square it up and do the final flourishes but it is getting done ahead of schedule...so all is good in the world...

no title yet...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

GALLERY ON MAIN-new gallery in Sweetwater

Now being represented at "Gallery on Main" in Sweetwater, TN.  Lovely shop filled with artwork by local and regional artists.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

In the interim.....

Having a main machine malfunction!  My mid-arm is in the shop and I can not quilt my competition piece as planned.  Luckily, I have plenty of time before the deadline so there is no real emergency.  Instead of working on some project on my list...hmmm... I decided to put together a 'boom' quilt that I have just gotten all the blocks back from the  other participants.  What is a 'boom swap,' you ask????  A boom swap is when you have a group of quilters that each send a fat eighth of  their selected fabric to each and every participant.  Then everyone makes a block out of the received fabric and sends it back to the original sender thence the fabric 'boomerangs' back.  Hopefully, that is fairly clear!  I like to participate because I get to play with color and make different blocks.  Plus the camaraderie is always welcome.  I consider activities like these my fun as oppose to the art quilts which I take somewhat seriously.  Soooo, anyhow- here is a pix of the king size to be quilt for my guestroom that I am making out of blocks from all over the US....this is just the center portion.  There will be borders, pillows....etc.  It may take a while...
I received 15 blocks and as  you can see I will have to add some extra....

Other note of interest- have had a quilt accepted into the "Art Quilts Whimsy" show in Cary, North Carolina  April 23-June 22 


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Special Order Done...


This is a request for a friend.  I do not have a final title for it yet but am thinking, 'Thanksgiving, Prayer, and Praise', not sure yet.  May let her name it. She wanted warm colors and long and narrow...so here it is.  I used bleach discharge, inks, chenille embellishments and an applique technique. 

As usual I have to wait a week or two before I am sure it is done-but I do like it.

Carry on and play it forward....  :-)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Working on smalls....

Am currently (among other things)..working on making some small pieces to sell. I need  something that people can buy without it being a major purchase.  Normally, I make some ornaments but I really do not like making them as they aren't as artsy to me. The problem is I do not know what the framing costs will be yet..so we shall see if I can keep the prices low.  Below are two compositions that I have just done without the stitching, hair, embellishments..etc, done yet.  I am enjoying making these as they are fun composition exercises and I get to play with colors and my vast stash of scraps!  Will post when I get a couple framed.  I like to think of them as mini art quilts.  Their sizes are under 10" and more then 4", so they are quite a manageable size.  I am liking them....

PS: Note the pink floor.....

 
Here is one with the stitching, hair, buttons....



Monday, January 27, 2014

One more goal accomplished for January!


Quite awhile ago, or if  you prefer 'Once Upon a Time", I traded some of my quilted/collage yardage for some of a talented friend's  felted wool/mixed media yardage.  I have been 'meaning' to make a coat/vest out of it forever.  Well, on my January list of things to do was to make this vest and I am thrilled with it!  (though I am not sure I put the button on the correct side :-)...I am left handed what can I tell you!)  The fabric is just drop dead gorgeous thanks to artist Geri Forkner...who happens to be in Thailand having a show and teaching fashion/textile students.  Just thought I would drop that tidbit.  Now back to some art quilts.....


Thursday, January 23, 2014

"Urban Dreams"


Last spring, I was looking at our lovely backyard gardens and I thought how someone living in the city could only dream of having all this beauty surrounding them.  That  thought was the beginning of this piece entitled , "Urban Dreams". 

Am also working on two other projects that are nearing completion....should be able to post them in the next week or two.....keep tuned!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I am in and I am working......phew



 
I am sure everyone is tired of my talking of my 'studio' but it is a dream realized and now it is ready for all sorts of wonderful things to be created in it.  I promise the next pictures will be of art!  I am so happy to have this space...it is actually bigger than I thought it would be.  My husband (the engineer) says it is 532 sq. ft..  Didn't sound like a lot of space but it is more than ample.  Of course you know it will fill up with lots more stuff because that is the law of nature (and quilters).  I have to admit it is a little bit of a pressure to have this space because I have to use it and not be a slacker.....SO-here it is, pink floors and all.  I still have some valences to make and some area rugs to buy...but it is 98% done!!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

My studio, my studio...it is finally happening....



 
So it is finally going to happen.  After the small building I was going to purchase fell through we decided to find a way for me to have a larger studio at home.  For two months we have been building a new garage for the cars and NOW we are going to remodel the old tandem garage into a studio for me.  An 'art cave' if you will call it.  I will have room for painting and my textiles.  I can not wait.  And yes the concrete floor is going to be hot pink.  This is my space and when I enter I want to smile.  Thanks for my poor husband who has been emptying all the stuff out of the old garage so that they can start in two days.  Projected time to complete the project is three weeks, hmmmm, we will see if that can happen....Until then I am happy dancing....

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Asheville Show...

Show is done and the year is wrapping up.  Next project is remodeling a garage into a studio.  This is starting later this week and I am really excited.  Everything in the studio is on  hold until probably the new year.  I am sure there will be some small projects in order for me to retain  my sanity but no serious sewing until January.  The holiday season is upon us and it is time for family and friends!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Last Quilt for the Show, and then...

...the Holiday season attacks and there will be a slight pause as the seasonal decorating etc...kicks in!
As for now, I will be participating in the Southern Highland Craft Guild Show (October 17-20th, Ashville) which is always a great time.  Come by booth #420 and say hi if you come to the event.  The quilt in the picture is going to be about 40"x40" and will be the largest piece in my arsenal this year.  It is a fun, whimsical piece, which I am liking a lot - at the moment.  All is good, creativity is a high...and it is not even illegal!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

On schedule and happy, happy, happy!!

This piece is called "Dreaming with the Angels" and I am doing a sister piece right now called "Angels in the Garden".  Both of these pieces will be at the Southern Highland Guild Show in Ashville, October 17-20th.  I have been working steadily since April making a body of work to present.  The usual self-doubts are not surfacing yet and I am happy with everything.  Of course, there are little things I would have done differently if I were to do some of them over.  

The summer was hectic as I had a lot of company (some unexpected!) but all is well and it is a good day......it is a blessed day.....(isn't it nice when things are on track)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

piles of this and piles of that!



Just came back from a wonderful visit with my son and his family and now back to work before more company comes.....still working....The studio building that I was hoping to buy fell through the day before closing so I am back to looking for a space.  Life!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

creating printing block...

I am gearing up for the Southern Highland Craft show in October and I have to have some smalls so that I will be sure of paying for my booth fee!  I just finished making a printing block so that I can print angels for ornaments again and again and again.  Then I will paint/ink, embellish etc.....I only need about 100 so that will only take me FOREVER!....This was the first run and I have some adjustments to do...then on to making them irresistible....hopefully!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

two panels ready to go.....

Have been working with bleaching/color discharge and decided to go with two vertical panels for the next projects.  Discharged the tops and left the bottom the original prints.  I am seeing a dark city scene for the left and gardeny for the right.

I also want these to have my little angels dancing in the skies or hidden in the scenery.  We shall see what progresses....

Company coming...finish up for now and thinking

So, have been working on these and they are done...love them, hate them....will evaluate them in three months.  They are evolving and I am really liking the triangular angels...

Somewhere on facebook was posted a saying to the effect that " an artist's job is not to evaluate their work, their job is to create it.."  .I have taken that saying very much to heart and whenever I start to critique my own work, I stop myself!

If a creator/artist produces and produces, their style and viewpoint becomes more evident and technique will improve just by the repetition of the processes.  So it is a win/win for an artist to show up everyday and work, work, work.  That is exactly what I do....everyday. 

Sooo..saying all that, I am not judging my work, I am just "evolving" although sometimes it seems more like revolving...but that's a path I am not going down...lol




Monday, June 24, 2013

So much going on.....

a dream of a lifetime is trying to come true..I am about to put a contract on a small studio!  Time will tell but I am ever hopeful.  As for my day to day, I am still working on small art quilts.  The latest two are below....the top quilt is created with silk dyes and the lower with inks....


 
The next ones in queue will not be faces.  They will have stairs and figures.  I need at least 10 more smalls and then I can concentrate on a large piece.  Experimenting with all sorts of products is helping me to identify what processes work best for what I want to accomplish.  A lot of little chores await on my 'to do' list, such as setting up an ETSY store, ordering labels, etc.  Marketing/selling is so not what I want to do..  With a studio on the horizon, it is time to start promoting myself again and justify the expense of my own space.  I have dreamed of a space that I would not have to leave or pay someone's  mortgage off for them and it is just at the edge of my fingertips....wish me luck....d
I just read this and I do sound a little 'harried'...oh well, life

Monday, June 17, 2013

Silk Art Quilts...

Just finished my first trial with the silk paintings for the center of the small art quilts....I have done silk painting in the past but it has been a while.  The time it took for these was much longer than anticipated due to my having to remember steps, etc.  I am reasonably happy with them and will do some more.  The next piece I want to do will be a larger piece using the silk techniques, hopefully, it will be a success!  Onward, I go.  The purpose of all these quilts are to get ready for a show BUT also to build up a portfolio of current work and experiment for a  fresh new look for what I have been doing.  I am enjoying the process...so, I think that is what ultimately counts.   Back to work.....