Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Down Under

This scene of the living (just barely) and the dead (below the glass) was just one of many dioramas at the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe. Best to be on top of that glass. Or better, way above.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Plaid Shirt Gang

Perfectly outfitted for their part in the next western film, these figures were at the Folk Art Museum of Santa Fe. The hats say it all.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Enormity of the Landscape

I left my shadow next to that path. The slit in the rock, walked on for centuries, was the way up to the mesa, past the cave dwellings, and down the back side. The view was enormous, and there is no way I can show that.


Objects for the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe pour in and are collected in front of the museum. We are concerned as to the sunlight and condensation damage. Buyer beware.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Stranger Things I Have Seen

To a New Mexican, this is pretty ordinary. To me, well, just odd. Landscape here has all sorts of things that I just need to get used to. Right?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Abiquiu's "The White Place"

Standing for miles is a white stretch of eroded "pillars" in the New Mexico landscape. It was a favorite place for Georgia O'Keeffe to paint. I walked to it today, and could only think about that church I saw yesterday. Same massive form.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It must have been the curse of Georgia O'Keeffe that made my camera malfunction. This over exposed photo is what I have from my visit to Taos today. Yes, New Mexico. Great day, saw the Taos Pueblo, and had a fine lunch in Graham Grill.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bloodroot Needs a Better Name

A quick look down and you would see these little white flowers -- they will last just a couple of days -- rising above the oddly shaped leaves of the bloodroot plant. Yes, the roots are oozy red, but this spring burst is detached from its horrible sounding name. Enjoy before the deer get at it.

Monday, April 22, 2013

On Amelia's Boardwalk

After the workshop in Florida, Amelia Island was my destination for a walk down to the beach. The lush canopy took me by surprise, and not what I expected. Somehow, with that green overhead, I could relax. Now, the ocean view is another thing altogether!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Caught in Composition

Amy brought her decorator weight fabric, many which she designed, to work her composition based on a photograph. That was the gist of the workshop this weekend in Florida. She was not afraid of the challenge, and as you can see, happy with her result. Note the available design wall? Hey, it worked.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Using a Photo to Jump Start

The second day of my Florida workshop, and An is scrutinizing a photo to see what area she will use for her composition. I know, it is supposed to be lunch, but there was NO REST from this group of hard working, and terribly fun women. Loved my visit.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fan Club

This trio is leaving after a hard day, after working with other "Fans" from the Fiber Art Network at my workshop in Florida. We did a boat load of composition studies, and tomorrow will tackle more. What a fine group of fiber artists. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Boneyard

On a walk on the coast of Florida today, my friend showed me the "boneyard" of ancient driftwood. These beautiful gray giants are so wonderful, and my photo does not do justice to nature's sculpture park.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Back Thirty Years

Clothesline Art Festival happens each September in Rochester, and it is a fund raiser for the Memorial Art Gallery. I am the one in the hat. These early works were sewn in strips, and I used my T-square as the measure. The black one on the right sold that year. I gave up the "mud" shows with the 80's.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Glance Back

Spring was early last year, as this friend's tree shows from last April 16. Things are barely getting started, but I don't mind, I can wait.

Monday, April 15, 2013


A detail of  Bev Kondlof's "Chicken Tracks" leaves no doubt of her humor. Not only are the thin lines like chicken feet, but look closely at the quilted line. Tracks everywhere. This is her response to her mola, for our Peeps mola challenge.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chicken Feet

Bev Kondolf used this mola for inspiration in her work that she is calling "Chicken Tracks". There must be at least 53 things you could take from this, and run with. Must be that the feet were the most interesting. Molas are made by the Guna Indian women who live on the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Juggling Capital of the States (World?)

Who knew? I could not photograph the juggle-in at  RIT, which, by the way was absolutely fabulous, so here is Albert Paley's ginormous sculpture "Sentinel". Crossed this path tonight.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Line Up the Usual Suspects

Today's meeting of the Peeps included a look at a group of works that met the Mola challenge. We all took a mola and drew off  inspiration for a new work. Mine is far right, and you have see it before. The wonderful space is Marcia's studio. Yes, perfect for a rainy day. Radiant heat in the floor!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mummies Close Up

This detail is of the third quilt I have now on view (until April 13) at the Windsor Whip Works Gallery. I love to quilt these monoprinted pieces because I just follow the drawn line. Can't wait till summer when I can do more dying and printing outside.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pull the Fleece Over My Eyes

Just when you thought you saw it all. Here is a detail of a jacket that was a soft as a rabbit fur. Fooled me! It is fleece, and not the sheep's kind. I just loved this. Texture, line, almost sculptural. Fiber is just wonderful, don't you agree?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

World Traveler

Priscilla Kibbee travels the globe, and brings back lovely hand work. Her booth was next to mine this past weekend in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Her friend returned to show off a jacket that was made from Priscilla's molas. Nice way to incorporate the molas and display them as well.

Monday, April 8, 2013

George Repeated

Timna Tarr, who's work "E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One" features George over and over. She said she bought eight yards to get this many heads (and you are seeing a detail) so there is some seriously holy fabric in her stash. Fun to see a kindred George.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Kathy's Mandala

Part of her mandala series, this quilt by Kathy Ford was at the Hands All Around Quilt Guild's show in Amherst, Massachusetts. Don't think that the green is part of the piece. It hangs straight. It is hard to see in my very quick shot, but the center is a kantha type embroidered piece with an arched figure. Love the swirls that define the circle.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Seen at the Show

You never know what will surface at a quilt show. This caught my eye, and is an homage to the meeting of two craftsfolk. In fabric, and quilted, with glorious muscled arms, it speaks volumes.

Friday, April 5, 2013


End of the day, and am all set for tomorrow. So, that means I can visit with friends, catch some tube, and be ready for the quilt show and selling fabric tomorrow in Amherst. Stop in and see me. Just leave your furry friends back home.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

In the Garden, for Amherst

This weekend I will be selling fabric, and a just this pattern for my "In the Garden" quilt. I teach this paper pieced quilt, and I bring this along to show it off. It is unusual for me, as my work is more abstract, but I do love that square in a square.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Up Close

If you have not seen this work, now on view at Windsor Whips Gallery, then here is a closeup of Pink Leaf 4 (Yellow). It shows lots of surface work, silk-screening, mono-printing, over painting, stamping, as well as applique and machine quilting. Might sound like a cacophony of techniques, but the result is cohesive.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Serious Rabbit

Downtown Lancaster has a little, but wonderful, shop called "Gallery on Market" owned by Cynthia Schlosser. She paints wonderfully, on lots of things. I had to have this to take home. The start of a portrait gallery.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Long Rulers Work Swell

These two are about to use permanent marker to grid off some of my shibori hand-dyed fabric. Thought you would get a kick out of the 4 foot long ruler I got from Home Depot. Great tool for working large. We were in my class in Lancaster a couple of weeks ago.