Thoughts on a path

"If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads." ~ Anatole France

thoughts on line

"i should never underestimate the power of line, straight or otherwise" ~ Barbara

For a Friend

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together" ~ Vincent van Gogh

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Changing Landscape ~ juried in!

I can't tell you how pleased I was to learn last night that I piece that I had been working on most recently has been juried into a multi-disciplinary show at the Burlington Arts Centre in Burlington, Ontario.

This piece is called the Changing Landscape and has been inspired by both a beautiful piece of landscape pottery but most important the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It represents the oil and water mixing and swirling ~ habitats in crisis and lives and livelihoods devistated by this event. I came to realize how deeply disturbed I was by this huge mess that seemingly has no easy solution for anyone involved. I hope and I wish that anyone viewing the piece will understand how fragile our enviroment is and how somehow not enough thought is ever given as to how much harm can come to it. The scope of this is way, way, way beyond me but even if a few more people that might view the show ~ give our enviroment a bit more consideration then hopefully the statement wasn't a loss.
This is acrylic on muslin, rovings, hand-stitched, mounted and framed for the show

Friday, June 25, 2010

The moon is almost full tonight

As I post ... this is the view from my porch ... apparently it is more than 97% full tonight ~ but tomorrow night for us it may rain.
The moon is most magical to me ... I watch it sometimes until it disappears.
I love the humid, heavy summer moon and the massive, golden harvest moon that hangs in the autumn sky ~ the clear, light spring moon, that says to us we may still have frost ~ I can't say that I have a favorite ~ the icy winter moon is still and beautiful.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you get to see the full moon tomorrow night.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Passing Storm ~ all together ~

Here are the three ~ finished and put together, once again, photographing my work may not be my strong point. I think I am done with threes for a while ~ the thinking is sometimes the hard part about that.
I hope they connect for you ...
acrylic on muslin, rovings, hand stich

Friday, June 18, 2010

Passing Storm ~ third of three ~

The third of my set finished ~ hopefully I will have them set on a canvas shortly. Seeing them together ~ you can look from one to the other ~ maybe there is a beginning, a middle and an end or maybe not ~ sometimes I will take up the same subject matter another time.
I find that there are things I that I keep coming back to over time and somethings I don't ~ but by keeping only a gentle grasp on the ideas maybe there will be another set of three. I like twos as well, but usually they are larger and the singles are even bigger again.
I am working on a single and also a set of two right now.
Interestingly enough, the subject can sometimes tell you what to do or where to go ... often, a storm has a beginning, a middle and an end ...
i wish you a great weekend

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Passing Storm ~ second of three~

So, here is the second of this set, in the middle piece ~ I wished to catch the rolling and turning back of the wind on itself with the ever so golden glow in the background. There are lots of indigo fluid acrylics under those rovings.

this is acrylic on muslin, with rovings, and hand-stitch

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Passing Storm ~ first of three ~

This is another small set of three that I have started ~ inspired by a passing storm and the beautiful light that followed the dark clouds. I hope that you can feel the wind and fast movement of the clouds. I sometimes enjoy a good storm as long as it passes quickly and is off at a distance ...

~ acrylic on muslin, wool rovings and hand stitch ~

best wishes

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Black Locust

A little of track ~ I know ~ but for the few fleeting days that this tree blooms every year in our garden ~ I find it hard not to be entranced with the fragrance. It takes me a day to figure what smells so amazing and then every window is open and I sit on the step at night just to take it in.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Red Threads

Another small weekend piece, taking a little break from the larger bits but still working on them non-the-less. I enjoyed the stray red threads and bit of wool that almost turned themselves into a heart (or a juggler with very long arms).

This is water colour on muslin woven strips, wool, threads and ribbon trapped beneath a layer of sheer (also water coloured) and then all stitched by hand.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


This is a small piece from the weekend ~ sometimes a take a little break from the bigger pieces with the rovings and lots of stitch. I named it sunspot because it makes me think of what a sunspot would be like ~ if I could indeed see one ...

watercolour on both muslin and sheer nylon fabric with stray wool and threads trapped beneath ~ hand-stitched with french knots for fun