Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Courage to Fail in Art

hand embroidery
  There is that frustrating moment when you realize that the hours of stitching are for naught and you must pull out every stitch and redo. My satin stitch was just not working to my satisfaction but third time lucky on the lips.  I have this vision floating in my mind of how I want the piece to look BUT whether it will work or not is another story. So it was with trepidation that I cut up the parts that I plan to collage onto blue fabric. 
We shall see if this works.
Keep Your Fingers Crossed.

Nana Notes
I have started a wee page of drawings for my grandaughter on instagram called 
Hope you visit and enjoy


Saturday, December 03, 2016

Night of the Booby Bird

Sometimes the back of an embroidery intrigues me more than the front and thus ensues a struggle between whether I use the front or the back, sigh!  This is wip of a piece I call "night of the booby bird".  One night early in my breast cancer diagnosis the moonlight streamed in the window. Insomnia flew in and pecked at my soul and I felt the curse of the booby bird.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Art Show and The Winter Studio Preparation

Since I've already done a post about our final filming session with The Art Show on my jafagirl blog I thought I would just share a link.

Yarnbombing for the Art Show and Salem Avenue Peace Corridor

It was a glorious day in Dayton and after our tour at the PBS station we all piled into the van and headed down to the corner of Salem Avenue and W Riverview Ave. Originally Nancy and I were only going to do one installation with the blue butterflies but we decided to do three.

Jafagirl Elves
Nancy and I have been working along with several other volunteers at the Yellow Springs Arts Council getting the Holiday Art Jumble together. If you are coming to Yellow Springs, Ohio do check it out, it's well worth it for adults and children.
We also finished the art fence, PHEW! just in time because it is now flippin' cold as eck'.
 Winter Studio 
Next on the agenda is getting my supplies in/organized, getting my lighting set up, and de-cluttering my work area.
I have two group exhibits next year and need to get going on pieces for both shows.
So NO slacking
for moi.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Getting Groovy with Sweetpea at PBS Dayton

As part of The Art Show we got to have a wee tour of the pbs station before we headed out to film the yarnbomb/craftbomb installations for the Salem Avenue Peace Corridor.
Now maybe you are wondering who the heck is sweetpea. Lest we embarrass the dear man, he shall remain anonymous, other than he is the cameraman there. I say no more.
Anyhoo I can't help but think of the wonderful Morcambe and Wise when I look at the photo of Nancy and I and the words to the song.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Getting up to Art Mischief and ThinkTV Art Show

Nancy and I hung out with ThinkTV Art Show crew for 9 hours filming yesterday, which somehow will all boil down to a 6 minute segment on their January line up.
I don't envy them in the editing room eek!

The Art Show | On Air | ThinkTV

The greater Dayton area is home to a strong, vibrant and thriving arts and cultural community. The Art Show takes a look at the artists and the art scene in and around Dayton. The weekly series presents profiles and features from the worlds of music, theater, dance and art in the Miami Valley along with national arts and cultural highlights.

Well no peace for the wicked as they say and after a month in Arizona if I thought I could slack off I was dreaming, HAH! Besides gearing up for the Art Show, Nancy and I have been painting a fence next to the arts council. I have now realized after several days of painting it I ain't as young as I used to be, arg! 
art fence
 This is just a tiny portion, the fence seemed to get longer and longer as we painted. Won't bore you with my arts council activities, the list is long.

 I thought I was doomed  forever to use a magnifier or was going to have to give up embroidery. Somehow my eyes have adjusted to the new normal after one eye went slightly out of whack. I can now embroidery YAY!  So I have now started on my pieces for a Bosom Buddy exhibit that my best friend Nancy and I will be doing next year. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of this year and went through treatment and I am now in remission. The exhibit will include some of my drawings and photographs as I went through treatment. This one is a WIP called "moon rabbit" based on an ipad drawing.
mixed media hand embroidery
acrylic, embroidery floss, bead findings on cotton

I thought of the folklore "moon rabbit" and the medicine of the moon wishing the moon rabbit would pound it's elixir of life into me as I struggled with cancer.  Even in remission cancer lurks deep in the forest and we may be at the edge or just outside of it, but we always have to watch that forest.