Monday, January 21, 2019

I See the Full Moon

These full moons (and tonight is a special lunar eclipse variety) make me melancholy. I think of how I've befriended nature -- squeezed clay, smelled freshly cut grass, braced sleeping on ice -- and realize that these stories aren't shared. They are not part of my art, not yet anyway.  And now full-moons is part of that list.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Make Hay While the Snow Flies

I'm near the piecing end of this garden. It took all the tricks I knew to get the parts together, and in hindsight, could have used a full scale drawing and freezer paper templates. But, then it wouldn't have changed around. Tomorrow to finish and then get it quilted. Another snow day for work.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Working Working Working

I've gotten most of this fleshed out, but till making changes. You can see the finished areas, but I'm not sold on them all. Winter storm will have me nose to nose with this design wall. Fine with me.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Right Hand Side

I never know what I'll add. I'll think it is all finished and decided, and then some odd bit will make its way in the composition. This piecing is definitely a reaction to the recently finished pieces where there were few joins, few small pieces.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Doing the Splits

To add the round things I've drawn their shape on freezer paper, cut the hole and the shape, then sewed together. Now I've split the section into parts to add some lines. Keep in mind, I've limited myself to using just blues.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Freezer Paper for Freezing Time

Here's the quick drawing I made for that plant shape. It's drawn on white paper, then reversed, then drawn on freezer paper, hashtags added, cut apart, applied to fabric, joined, and, well, you know the drill. Sounds complicated, it ain't.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Up in the Air

A couple of days into this and I've got some parts made, with some places for a few shapes. I've grabbed the freezer paper to make that plant shape on the lower left. Guess that's commitment!

Monday, January 14, 2019


I'm glad I lived at the beginning of the computer access age. I know what reboot means. Here's the beginning of a blue composition. Here it is about 7' x 7'. I was to be at jury duty, but they don't need  me. Feel I've got extra time to live.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Line up of Self Portraits

Some might know Margaret Spevak, a Rochester based fiber artist. Her work portraying her and her husband, Jeff is at right. Jeff's story is just below about their first meeting. My work is to its right, and many others march along the wall of Studio 402 of the Anderson Arts Building.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Gallery Night

Main Street Gallery is active and attractive. Tonight's opening featured some of my favorites, and some newly discovered. This is my exit photo, shot from the sidewalk. It can't describe the diversity and grace that some of these works have. If you're in Clifton Springs, New York, visit.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Different Strokes

A friend asked if I might have a to match something she bought before. I make one-of-a-kind prints, but after digging I found these. Made with the same screen, they are different takes with various backgrounds and reds over printed. Guess it's a family.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mind Your Back

I held my corner of the room just fine. The Genesee Valley Quilt Club held its demo derby today and I led four (almost) identical demos called "Mind Your Back" which discussed backing fabrics, facing, binding, sleeves, and how to hand on the wall. They loved it, I love them.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hanging with the Peeps

One reason I was in Auburn, NY and the Schweinfurth Art Center this past weekend is that the Finger Lakes Fiber Artist group meets there every couple of months. If there is work to talk about, great because just seeing what a bunch of fiber artists can do with cloth and thread is always interesting.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hello, Goodbye to Aunt Gin

Last weekend I got a last look at the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit at the Schweinfurth Art Center. One of my favorites is Aunt Gin by Margaret Abramshe. She used a photo as her base and then added and added until it became her strong true voice. Not many can do what she does.

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Reluctant Kiss

This is part of the Take Two Series. The "figures" came to life, and I just couldn't see anything but a reluctant kiss. One wanting to kiss, the other just bracing for that. So, I'll name it "Take Two: The Reluctant Kiss."

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Most Fun I've Had All Year

Did I mention that I've acquired a new longarm machine? Now that it's broken in, it's such fun to stitch right over the line's I've drawn during printing. Drawing over drawing you might say. I'll show you the final tomorrow.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Draft (First Kiss?)

These cuts would be just fine alone, but I'm hoping they're stronger united. But this is just the beginning of the design. My guess is they'll stay fairly uncut.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Line Work

The self portraits show opened tonight at the Anderson Arts Center. As an enormous crowd gathered, this was my intrigue. Metalsmith and jeweler, Lori Cooley took a flat, thin metal line and shaped it to become her profile when a light was directed to form a shadow.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Start Again

A couple of weeks ago I pulled these two yard cuts and let them stew together on the design wall. Yes, they would be just fine as a whole cloths, but that's not a challenge is it?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Top Left Corner for Friday Night

Rochester's First Friday from 6-9 will include Studio 402's gathering of self-portraits from lots artists in diverse media.Beside fiber, there's painted collage, assemblage, rug hooking, traditional painting and drawing. See you there -- Anderson Arts Building, Goodman Street, Rochester, New York.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Day of the Year

Just hung this up, and figure it is a great way to start the new year. Still needs a signature, and a good title. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy having it around. Oh, and Happy New Year. Make some art and join me.