I just took a workshop from Carol Nelson (confusing to have two Carol's in the room when people were asking for advice!) and I had a wonderful time playing with mediums and paints. Carol came up with a fabulous way to approach creating an abstract composition. Photograph cracks in the sidewalks and use that as your inspiration. So here's my inspiration. And here's my finished piece. Sometimes, it's just good to get out of your comfort zone and play!
Honestly, I don't know where I'm going with my art but I do know it's getting more political.
I can't help it.
I want our democracy to survive and words/tweets matter. So my words, while not followed by millions of people, are what I need to say at this moment. They will go into the archive of the Internet and no one will read them but it's my small mark on history.
What is our "State of the Union"? I will be pondering that and adding more text to this layout.
I have to admit, I'm obsessed with text. Here is a page form my journal. It starts out by saying "what do I want to say?" This is the right side of the page.
My latest spread is
For years, I have resisted donating my art for fund-raising auctions. Mostly because I think it devalues my art. And, the organizations say "it''s great exposure" but I have not found that to be true.
However, good friend of mine Judith Cassel-Mamet encouraged me to change my mind. At least for this particular organization.
Artma is a non-profit that raises money for children with brain cancer. They believe in the healing power of art. And so do I.
Here's the piece I am donating to their semi-annual fund-raising event. Hope to see you there!
My niece just graduated with an advanced degree in Public Health. I'm so proud of her.
So I wanted to send her something meaningful to celebrate her accomplishment. I knew she could always use some cash (who couldn't?) but I decided to send her a piece of my art instead.
This is a difficult thing to do! What if she doesn't like it? (after all, art is so personal!) What if she doesn't want to hurt my feelings and is stuck with something she has to lug around until I'm gone and she can finally put it in the dumpster. What if she likes it and her friend/husband/partner hates it.
Regardless of all these miss-givings, I mailed this piece to her today. Now I hold my breath.
I always wonder whether taking my grandkids to a museum is a good idea (will they be totally bored?). But today, I discovered that they were as curious as I was about modern art. This is Giorgio, 8, crazy kid, full of energy, but loved all the sculptures -- especially the ones made from rock. Fun day at The Modern in Fort Worth.
My daughter-in-law is from Italy where they take decorating a Christmas tree very seriously! This year her theme was white. I loved that she hung a red ornament on her tree because she got a present from a friend. Reminded me again that flexibility is the key to being creative!
My step son likes to smoke cigars so I am always the happy recipient of his labels and boxes. This week, I collaged the labels he gave me onto a card stock and then scanned the image. I can now print it on paper, fabric, or transfer stock or even send it to Spoonflower to be printed on yards of fabric or wrapping paper.
Darn. I should have thought of this earlier so I could have used it for his Christmas present this year. I tend to think about Christmas about December 20th so it makes it had to personalize presents. I should write myself a note on my calendar in November.....
Yesterday, I volunteered all day to make quilts for disaster victims. Each of us respond different ways when disaster strikes and it is wonderful to see the support of quilters in sending gifts of comfort to victims of hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, tsunamis — you name it.
And one of the most generous people in our quilting world is Luana Rubin, owner of eQuilter here in Boulder, CO. Luana arranged for Blakeman Sewing and Vac to set up new Bernina sewing machines for the event and 20 sewers showed up to make quilts for the day. Luana also gave us a tour of her company and all I can tell you is I wanted to buy everything in her warehouse!!!
I haven't pieced a quilt top in more than 7 years so it felt good just to mindlessly sew (well, I had to have a vision of what the quilt would look like and paid some attention to value!). My friend, Mary McCauley brought some pre-cuts from her deceased Mother-In-Law and that is what I worked on all day. Nice to finish someone else's unfinished work!
Luana is an amazing person and I hope you can support her online store. She gives back to our community and is a very special person.
A new Whole Foods store opened in downtown Denver so we just had to check it out. So urban. So cool. So hip.
Best part was seeing the food "designers" incorporate a complementary color schemes to showcase the veggies. Got to love it!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!