This has been an “art filled” week and very satisfying! I started it with a “simple sketching” class with my friend Judith Cassel Mamet. This class was all about using a variety of media to draw and paint fabric and flowers. A day later, Judith and I attended a color mixing class with the British painter and author Michael Wilcox. His theory about the color wheel was quite interesting since he didn’t ever use the three pure primary colors of red, yellow and blue! I will be reading his book and doing some color mixing when I get back from my teaching at AQS in Michigan next week.
But the most interesting thing I learned all week was how to loosen up and take photographs of nature without even focusing or worrying about the composition. Judith and I met at the Denver Botanical Gardens where the seminar was held and spent the first hour randomly sticking our cameras into the foliage and flowers and just snapping away. Many photos were garbage but several were just amazing! Here’s just one of the ones I really love and will begin thinking about how to incorporate this technique into my new series of fiber art.
I’m really excited about the possibilities.
Well, my friends, our stitching journey has ended.
I hope you have had as much fun as I have coming up with lots of different patterns to embroider. As you can see, there is NO end to our creativity! I want to thank everyone for taking this journey with me and I hope you will email me and show me pages from your own stitch book. I always love to see what people create with stitch.
Living a block away from the Denver Botanical gardens has its advantages and disadvantages. Being able to walk to the gardens and savor all the wonderful displays of nature in every season is wonderful. Dealing with the parking and traffic issues is not so great. And this summer, we are experiencing the highs and lows in the extreme. Because, the Chihuly exhibit is the most amazing thing I have ever seen and everyone in Denver agrees! Here is just one photo showing the juxtaposition of his luminous glass sculptures amidst the garden’s greenery. Just fabulous.
I will be spending many hours in this place, just looking and absorbing this beautiful combination of man-made and nature-made art. Perhaps it will inspire my new works!
Every year, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO puts on an exhibit called “Evolutions”. This year, Sandra Sider was the judge and one of my entries was chosen for inclusion. It’s called “Seascape” and measures 70″W x 20″H when mounted on a wall. It’s part of my “Stupendous Stitching” series and I love how the colors move across each panel to create something that is quite different when the panels are hung separately. It was also interesting to see my art hanging on a painted wall. I have all my photographs taken on a white wall for publication so seeing a color behind the work was an eye-opener! I love it!