Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Shadow Play

This has got to be made into a piece. Strong line, graphic, simple. Love that my phone has a camera.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Left Handed Quilter's Work

Teresa Raymond Levine, the "Left Handed Lady Quilting" bought my pattern at Chautauqua and the "In the Garden" is now on the longarm getting quilted. Looks lovely, and thanks to Anne for snapping the pic of the quilt (and more importantly, knowing it was my pattern!).

Monday, July 29, 2013

Listen to the Night

You can't hear the sound, but tonight's concert on the quad at the University of Rochester was clear as a, well, bell. The carillon was played, and beautifully, by Phillippe Beulens, a Belgian. The tower is the top most part of the Rush Rees Library.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Plant Heaven

I waited a year for this, and the Greater Rochester Perennial Society's sale did not disappoint. So, with a light drizzle to keep the plants perky, I loaded my car. Then the afternoon was for planting. What distraction!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Have Your Cake (Stand)

In case you have crates of unused cake stands, this is what you can do with them. Perfect for garden art, and allows the water to collect for the birds.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Small Works with Big Ideas

A meeting today of the Art Quilt People focused on a group of works from "This is a Quilt", which is part of the SAQA travelling exhibit. We had a lively and thoughtful discussion on the works, with many of us choosing the piece that spoke to them the most. Bev was our gracious host.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Spot On

Living large, and polkas all over. Jun Kaneko's ceramic work Polkadot Dango, show at the Everson, hits the spot. And the form reminds me of a Nick Cage suit. It does seem like a figure that would move about at any moment.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

George is the Name

In honor of the newest George, here is a cropped image of Gilbert Stuart's "George" from the Everson Museum. Many of you may recall my piece, called, natch, "George" is this cropped view. But I think the reverse is what is on the dollar bill, as well as my rendition.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Set a Plate For Me

Stephanie Rozene's piece 270: the corrosive use of money in politics, installed at the Everson Museum, stopped me in my tracks. Made with porcelain, decals, and gold luster, the images are those found on printed currency. Hundreds of these plates are mounted to the wall, enough for each country that exists, with dozens left over for me and you.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Just Plane Fun

A borrowed planer made very short work of getting boards ready for the bathroom wall. This weather cooperates, I need to get it finished, and the loaned planer worked like a charm.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Strike a Pose

The Everson Museum, in Syracuse, has  mounted an exhibition showcasing Arts and Crafts decorative works, with a large amount that are costumes. They are exquisite, and are restrained with elements, but hold clear to the style of the Arts and Crafts design. Catch this show is you can. It is on until September 22.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Opens in Earlville

If you are near the mid-section of New York State, take a look at the exhibit in Earlville of Six Contemporary Quilt Artists at the Opera House from July 20 until August 2. It is located a few miles from Hamilton (home of Colgate University) and in a pretty section of the state.

Friday, July 19, 2013

William Seward's Auburn Home

Out the back door, through a walkway, stand the carriage house and stable made from stone. The original buildings were burned by protesters. Seems Steward got lucky more than once. This view made me think, just for a moment, I was not in the states.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yarn Bombing for Art

Barely recognizable under this yarn bombing is "schweinfurth". Got to tour the Innovators and Legends exhibition on view now. No photos allowed in, so this is what I can report. Nice show, though. Go see it.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fruit Full

We ate more than we paid for (I just ate the ones that were beyond ripe). The acres and acres of raspberries were hot in the sun. And delicious. And good to get out of the city for an evening.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Heat of the Night

It is pretty weird to step out side and feel the heat of the day linger past dark. Must still be 85 out, which for us here in the Northeast is hot plenty. And humid.  This is the view looking at my back deck, by the way.

Monday, July 15, 2013

PGA Respect Your Elders

I hope that the golfers and fans will appreciate the spectacular grounds at Oak Hill for this August's PGA tour. Heck, I would rather drink in these trees than see golf, but that would be my preference.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Got Large Trees?

If so, then you have the raw material to make the posts for a structure like this. On a garden tour in Victor, this was the spot to relax and take in the pool. And it is lit for night, too. What else would you do with those large walnut trunks?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Many (Decorated, Even) Hands

Cheryl lent a hand to install two new lights outside the front door. Her drills were outfitted more than mine. Now I need new bits just to keep up with what is out there. Many thanks to her, and all my friends, for helping get my 1,000 jobs done.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Would Like a Lazy Day(zee)

At my front step is this bunch. Seems all fun and fancy-free. But inside the door awaits a kitchen and bath to be finished, and piles of boxes to put away. So much for the lazy days of summer.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Circles on Top of Circles

Lunch out today, and along the avenue were some decorative stone tiles surrounding a doorway. Not only did the sun rake the light just so, but the black staining of time gave the motif depth. Like these concentric circles.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Visit Me in Iowa (Sort Of)

My work can be seen at the Artisan's Gallery in Iowa City, Iowa, until June 21. They have mixed in a dozen or so of my works with other fine craft, and they all seem to play just swell together. They even have a piece hanging in the window. So, wave while you pass.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Earlville Reconissence

In the second half of the 19th century, almost all towns, big and small alike, had an "opera house" in the center of town. It was small town life with room for high art. Today, the Earlville Opera House is a gallery, and will be hosting a contemporary show of art quilts opening July 20. I dropped off a couple of mine today.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Circle Back Soon

A grinder in hand, I cut this circle in a large tile to fit around the (soon-to-be-installed) toilet. Even though this is a porcelain floor tile, I could not help to think it would make a great printing surface. Can't wait to get back to printing. Sigh.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer is for Food

A treat to leave the deconstruction and construction behind for an evening, and stop for something from the grill. I bookmarked the sausage with onion rings and ice cream.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Square Box with Writing

How can that graffiti grab from so far off? It looks like train tracks. And the recessed box in this column has this drip of lettering falling out. The sun set on Irondequoit Bay.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Unexpected Pleasures

My new house has a modest front garden. And I am happy to see what is already there -- some "at attention" daisies and a softly colored, large day lily. The threat of annihilation by deer is low, so I am enjoying the blooms, and will be for a few weeks.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fireworks Rain or No

We sat with our low lawn chairs smooshed into the soggy grass, but no matter. No lighting competed with the display of pyrotechnics. Happy Fourth -- and more importantly -- Happy Independence.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Otterness Outside

Tom Otterness' small bronze figure creeps down the step at the Memorial Art Gallery's new sculpture park. There are giant limestone figures there along with a handful of these petite ones. I am not that crazy about the figures, wishing they were either more abstract, or more Henry Moore-ish, but they are here.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Trying Out Soy Wax Resist

Soy wax resist is set on my fabric, and I have painted a portion of the circles with dye. I added soda ash on top to fix the dye. That wild pink border is my "board" underneath.It is an old laminated-to-foamcore sign. Impervious to moisture, it is a perfect backing for handling this wet, drippy piece.

Monday, July 1, 2013

At the OKAY Corral

Many things were gifted for downsizing. These horses, much loved, now have a new home with Ashlynn. I'll bet that she will love them as much as my two girls adored them.