Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I'm so excited - Suze and I have begun a new blog venture, sharing our photos. We call it 47 hours 42 minutes, which is how long Google maps told me it would take to drive from my house in Washington to her house in Florida. Since we're so far apart, this is a way to connect more often. We're still feeling our way, so check back often.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
For a while, it was streaming in through the windows, casting wonderful shadows of our houseplants on the carpet.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I couldn't find any way to judge the age, so I'm guessing it's not too old, not an antique yet.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Now, that was easy!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Lots of rain today, and colder again. 30 degrees cooler than Saturday, which broke a record. The rain was coming down so hard it pooled up on the deck boards for a while. Makes you want to curl up in front of the fire with a cup of hot tea.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I didn't get outside until after dinner, so it was a challenge to take a night-time reflection of our neighbor's house. I sat the camera on a fencepost, and altho it's quite dark, you can see the one window light reflected in the pond. I sat and listened for the owl, but she was quiet, unlike the frogs, who, as I walked along the edge of the swamp, chorused ahead of me and behind me, but always quiet where I was.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
That was after our Thursday morning art group - here Carol is showing the results of a workshop she attended last week. Those are all pieces of fabric that she cut out and fused into blocks, then assembled into a quilt! She enjoyed the class, and is looking forward to using the technique in her art quilts.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
April showers? Yes, things are certainly blooming, but, it's COLD!! We're ready to warm up a little! Maybe by the end of the week, they say. Well, we'll see! Anyway, I was inspired by the Embrace the Blur photo art journal we made to try some more blurry shots. This is shot from inside the car, through the windshield with the rain coming down. I think it captures well the dark, cold, wet aspect of today.
We had our Surface Design group meeting today, at Fine's house. She has a beautiful home filled with her incredible fabric art. We were so busy I forgot to take photos! We're discussing how to put on a group show, so there was lots of input about that. Then, everyone had something to share, and finally Fine showed us her progression through the years. She started as a child with hand embroidery, then began weaving and designing clothing, then creating fabrics specifically for a piece of clothing. She also creates fabric collage art of many kinds - her latest idea is to depict a garden (her other love) with fabric collage, trying to capture a view from above showing the architecture, some type of perspective view, and a detail of some item found in that garden, in order to show the many experiences of being in that garden. They were amazing!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
We could choose from a variety of colored willow withies, but I like the greens and blacks, so I kept it simple. The colors are subtle, and will dry more brownish. The smell of the willow will eventually fade away, too, but I love the scent when I'm working with it.
Our teacher, Katherine Lewis, got a photo of me rapping down the sides - using a heavy piece of steel, you have to pound the weave down tightly to keep shrinkage to a minimum. You can see another student's basket with the flower pot inside as a guide.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Down in the swamp, I collected some willow bark to try weaving some more. I love working with it, and the smell, especially when it's fresh, like this. The inside of the bark is so creamy smooth, eventually drying to a darker brown. It needs to be harvested when the sap is down, before the leaves begin coming out. It's getting a little late, but I did get some off of a three-year stick. I tried some older bark, but it was stuck on way too tight to peel smoothly.