Saturday, May 26, 2012
Several of the ladies from our textile arts group "Fyber Cafe" went on a photography excursion North of Salem, to Schriener's Iris Gardens and Adelman's Peony Gardens. We had a wonderful field trip, the iris were in full bloom, but, for the Peonies we could have been a week later. You start to take pictures of your "favorites" but soon realize you can't choose just one, and takes pics of everything, then that gets overwhelming too. The gardens kept going and going, large planted beds with tall lupine, delphiniums, allium, clematis, oriental poppies behind the iris, and smaller annuals in front. It was a paradise of color and fragrance and bees. A cool alley way of old rhododendrons and azaleas, columbine and hosta led the way to more flower beds around the back of an old farm house. The whole area was surrounded by fields of iris in rows of various colors.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I mono-printed on the gelli plate, a set of Birch trees, with a new stencil that I got at the Portland show. Peggy and I decided that working in a series was a good way to go with the printing. We could try different aspects of the printing process by varying the techniques. The trees were printed in Black and purple acrylics, and a ghost print was pulled from each. The set blended together in a row, to create a horizontal scene. I added "snippets" to the top for tree foliage, and cut out leaves and ferns to the bottom. My husband Charlie suggested a bird to add a focal point and movement, a second bird helped even more to bring your eye across the horizontal piece. I can't wait to quilt the birch trees in silver and lavender rayon threads, the texture it will add will be amazing!!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
I have been reading a new book that I got, "Art Journaling Workshop," it is beautifully done, by a watercolor artist. I love looking at art journaling, but say to myself, I can't do that. But the idea is not to make beautiful pictures, it is to sketch ideas, add thoughts and be your self! I have been journaling in a lined notepad that I can carry in my purse, and I use a ball point pen. I want to improve my drawing skills, and add some color, that's not too much to ask. Watercolor paints intimidate me, but I like my watercolor pencils, they are just like colored pencils, but you paint over them with water and they washout into a watercolor paint. You have lots more control of the line, intensity and blending colors. I have played with them on fabric, but not on paper. My sketches book usually includes quilt design options, free motion quilting doodles, grocery lists, flower drawings, minutes from the art group meeting, so I can write the blog, drawing whatever I can see when I am bored, notes on photoshop, phone numbers,