I spent a leisurely Sunday last week with some of my friends from Running with Scissors group taking a class from Kat called My Secret life. It was amazing to watch Kat intuitively put together an art piece. She went from the first photo to the second one in less than 30 minutes, quickly evaluating choices and cutting out the shapes with a rotary cutter and in the case of some of the smaller pieces or to make a small change using little scissors.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
For the past two years I have been participating in the Fiber Art for a Cause, which raises money for breast cancer research through Relay for Life. This a project is organized by Virgina Spiegel and this year features photographs from a select group of artists, with a bonus fiber package from another select group of artists. Go here to read about this auction.
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Friday, January 27, 2012
My art group which meets one Wednesday a month chose to make a quilt to be donated to Safe House, a group which helps those dealing with domestic violence. Last December, the call went out for 18 inch wonky squares of red and white fabric. At wasn't able to make any at that time. I was happy when there was a request as few weeks ago for additional squares. I realized that I would be able to contribute to this project. You can see the progress here. Below are the blocks I made. They will be cut into 8 x 8 inch squares and added to the quilt.
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Friday, January 13, 2012
It has been just a little over a year since my last blog. I spoke with a fellow artist who assured me that when she started blogging it was a challenge to keep it up. That is my challenge for 2012 -- to post at least once per week on Fridays. Once a month on the second Thursday a small group of us get together to make art. We keep it uncomplicated, although not necessarily easy. Different member of the group come up with the "art project" and we talk about art while we work. Last night, Took was in charge of the art and we were given pencils, markers and paper and told to make marks without looking at the paper, rotating it as we did. We were then told to look at the lines and squiggles and find images in them. Well I discovered that I wasn't very good at doing this. You can see what the others did on Took's blog. There is not photo of my work, but if you look carefully you can see me in the gray sweater looking perplexed. After I have done some of these and have a measure of success I will post them here.
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Saturday, January 8, 2011
I have joined the flickr group for the Sketchbook Challenge and plan to add at least one photo of my sketchbook per week. I was inspired by Lyric Kinard to add drawing to my list of goals for 2011. I have been keeping sketches of various items I thought that I would like to make, including dolls, vests, art quilts, jewelry, etc. These are scattered in any number of books, some real artists sketchbook, others any old notebook or diary that was handy. I seriously doubt that at this moment I could even locate all of these books. I have never gotten into the habit of keeping a journal with me at all times, so I tend to just put notes on whatever paper I have with me. Some make it into more permanent locations, but most do not. I am challenging myself to draw something each day. Right now I am not going to narrow the focus, but at some point it will probably make sense if I want to really improve my skills.
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Friday, January 7, 2011
I have been following Three Creative Studios since it was only Two Creative Studios. These three artists have a wonderful site that offers free instructions for personal use, classes, and many interesting challenges. They have changed how they running all of their offerings and are having a giveaway for persons who go and comment on their site. Visit Three Creative Studios and make a comment for a chance to win some really awesome stuff.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I procrastinated for months ignoring the little blue book from the Sketchbook Project that sat on the printer table. I was not certain where I wanted to go with the project, so I did nothing, not even some scribble in a notebook with ideas. I am now giving the pages a wash of color and then will make decisions about what to do next. My topic is lines and grids, so I plan to use on some of the techniques I have learned in the last few year. I will actually draw designs with markers, pencils, etc. As a fiber artist this will be a stretch. I do not draw, but I will now. I will create some temporary screens using freezer paper and print grids on some of the pages. I will glue and/or stitch paper and fabric designs on some pages. I will stitch by hand -- something I never do unless it is a binding on a quilt. I am a machine person, but this project calls for hand work. Pictures to follow when I begin adding the lines and grids designs to the pages.
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