Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wildflowers Show Up Everywhere

Wildflowers often appear in unexpected places bringing beauty to all who see them.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Time Echoes

This was my first attempt at Ozymandias. Was trying to illustrate the degradation of things over time.


My art group put forth a challenge to interpret a poem. I chose Shelly's "Ozymandias". Here is the result. Actually it is the second result. The first is still in process and is more abstract. One of the world's great poems, it provokes thought about man's arrogance and the fleeting existence of our 'great works'.

Playing with Tsukineko inks. Painted desert and pyramid. Quilted following shapes. Then added the crumbling statue, using a technique suggested by Cyndi Souder. Was a fun little project in response to a challenge to interpret a poem.

Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts

These two quilts, "Together We Can Bridge the Divide" and "More Than Ever, A Beacon of Hope" are currently on exhibit at the Cafritz Gallery at Montgomery College.

If you are in the Silver Spring, MD, area over the next couple of week, be sure to take a look at this exhibit:

President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts
Location: Cafritz Art Center, 150 King St., Silver Spring, MD
Dates: February 9 - March 5, 2009
Here is the story of this exhibit:

Susan Walen was bringing her Obama quilt home from the Bethesda headquarters of the campaign, wondering how many other “quilts of joy” about the election were being made. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could all be shown together, in D.C.? She sent out a call for quilts on major web sites (SAQA and ArtQuilt) and within 30 hours, over 40 quiltmakers responded. Now, we present a show from more than 60 of us: a grass-roots, multi-ethnic, all-volunteer group of women from all around the US and as far away as Australia. This is a quilt show of amazing diversity -- among the quilters and their art. Our extraordinary diversity mirrors the diversity and international support that Obama’s election has generated.

The works in this show are art quilts, distant descendants of the folk art tradition. Visitors will discover how contemporary fiber artists have translated and transformed this tradition to create a dynamic collection of fiber art work, all of a common theme: celebrating this historic election. Artists in this show use a wide range of techniques including painting on fabric, fabric dyeing, photography, beadwork, appliqué, stitching, embroidery, and digital transfer. Most of the artists work individuals, but one quilt is made by a small group (the Pixiladies), and another by a 10-person group (Fiber Artists for Obama). Most of the quilts will have their first showing here, but some have already been shown at a major quilt show in Houston.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Her Coat of Many Generations - 14" x 14"

Just made available today - the E Pluribus Unum 2 Quiltart List Challenge online exhibit. This work was completed in November 2008.

To view the entire exhibit go to

Below is the statement which accompanied my entry.

"In our family it is hard to clearly identify our ethnic background. We think it is mostly northern European. Many generations of women have lived in this country through good times and bad. We are a family of strong women. Fabrics representing different eras – from 1830’s until 2000’s, show us ‘threads that weave and bind’ us all together."

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Abstract Feather - 20" x 15"

This work was done in response to a group challenge to interpret a photograph of a duck in water. I abstracted a portion of one of the feathers on the duck and here is the completed work.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Blue Shapes - 8" x 10"

A piece done last November. Was done as the result of a challenge to get a piece done in a week. Actually had less than a week. Took a shortcut in that I printed the fabric. The result of playing in Photoshop layers. A monochromatic color scheme with a focus on perspective. Printed out the fabric, quilted, added some hand stitching around some of the shapes. Fun to do. May do some modifications to create a larger piece with more fabrics.