Monday, April 27, 2015

Books at Chestnut HIll


 I read this one a month or 2 ago- based on recommendation from Coffee Tea and Me.  It was a quick read and enjoyable.   Just enough fantasy to have a quick escape. Yet enough faith based to make you think a bit.   I paid it forward to a co-worker who also needed a quick escape.


I read this about a month ago and was a delightful read- what I call brain candy- fun to read and escape into their lives for a bit but no real substance.  Pretty geography, romance , relationships, a wedding or 2.  Environmental concerns for developing areas that perhaps cannot sustain heavy development.



Reading this currently whenever I get a chance- non-fiction and I am about 1/2 way through and find it enjoyable.
I am reading Unbroken on my Kindle and The Shape of a Year is either travelling with my or on the nightstand.


What are you reading these days??

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spring Art & Fiber At Watson

A little Field Sketching - on a warm spring afternoon


Leftover 3.5 inch squares become a new quilt

Glorious Color!

Machine Quilting this

Quilt top from leftover squares - dark in center, medium in corners, lights in middles. 

yum

the sun was just hitting the hillsides just right - a pleasant early evening stroll by the creek
Overall a little bit of this and a little bit of that makes for a fun creative and relaxing weekend.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February almost over . . . . . .



And so it goes in Western New York in late February.  The days are getting a little longer and there are a few but very few sunny days.  We are still at the wrath of MotherNature and Lake Effect snow.  Everyday it snows in Western NY and it is the 1-5 inches daily that pile up in combination of larger storms that just pass through.  While I am writing this - there is thumpin on the roof of snow removal.  It has blown and drifted quite significantly.  This makes me very nervous  to have my husband up there but what can one do?  To add to all the blustery weather we had a chimney fire about 2 weeks ago and our warm wood cook-stove is out of commission until we can give it a full spa treatment.   The house has been colder than usual and we are running the furnace low as we need an Oil tank refill life at Chestnut Hill is never dull. 
           On the bright side this time of year is really lovely in the woods- the fresh fallen snow blankets everything and makes everything new again.  It can be ever so quiet while out there. Love to here the silence.  The birds are very active at the feeders and this year with all the deep snow the deer are feasting on our Christmas tree cast off. Every season has its beauty and I enjoy them all.

Monday, February 23, 2015

International Postcard Swap Part 2

somewhere USA

" Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted" John Lennon Silver Gelatin test print with black and White India Inks the artist used.

Kincardine, Ontario Canada

Aloha From Hawaii
So these are the remaining 4 that arrived to make 10 from the swap, so much fun mail in the mailbox!!
Now I need to get 10 fabric postcards ready by April 1st for my quilt Guild Challenge. Theme for that is 1975 the year the Guild was founded. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Seeds of Love . . . .

First Collage layer and light color

Cover with Gesso - next layer

Add Stamps and light color again

Sketch out design in pencil then go over it with black marker

Add colors and thin out with water /gesso to get color value, then add details with black  marker or white paint pen


This was a fun one to do.  I grew up with a mom who used seed pods, weeds and pine-cones in her creations so I was really used to the asymmetry of seedpods that was requested in creating this.  Trying to get the colors to go from dark to light value was a good challenge, mine in the end are mostly medium value.  I have Jacaranda pods, Milkweed, sweet-gum ball, teasel, Eucalyptus, Chinese lanterns depicted here.   I could not seem to post the black and white photo of it but that was part of the process to check and see how your balance of light/dark was going.   Good Process.  Collaged in the centers of the pods were people or places that you love or are meaningful to you!

      Well back to the work of snow removal driveway , roof and any where else. Cold here again- that is the February Mantra - deep freeze and subzero!!!  Stay warm and hoping there is sun shine wherever you are.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

International Postcard Exchange the Recieved Part 1

South Carolina

Washington State

Canada

California

USA

Melbourne, Australia
These are part of the postcards that I have received. They are all different and beautiful  The postcards are mixed Media which means that more then 1-2 art supplies or techniques are used to create them. Collage, watercolor, stamping all composed together in to a miniature work of art. This si great fun to create and to send out as well as receive.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Advice from a Cardinal . . .






Stand out in a crowd.
Go out on a limb.
Be a bright spot in others lives.
Speak up.
Be home before dark.
Add color to your life.
Its ok to be a little Flashy.

Ilan Shamin  
( I could not clearly read the correct person to give credit to)