Wordless Wednesday

November 19th, 2014

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Wordless Wednesday

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If I Was a Multi-millionaire

November 9th, 2014

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….I would have an incredible art collection. Mr C and I had an art date at the Portland Art Museum this week-end. We saw a portion of the work collected by Arlene and the late Harold Schnitzer. In Passionate Pursuit includes selections from the Schnitzers’ magnificent collection of Han dynasty Chinese art, 19th and 20th century silver, Native American ceramics and beaded bags, international glass works, and paintings and sculptures by Northwest and West Coast post-war masters. It was magnificent. I was feeling a little under the weather and really want to go back.

In their collection, is the work of two of my favorite Portland modern artists – Michele Russo and Carl Morris. The above photo is a work by Russo. Here is another piece of his:

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Here are two works my Carl Morris. My closeups were a little fuzzy.

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I am just going to show you some of my other favorite pieces from the collection. Bronze and wool blankets by Marie Watt.

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Painting by Louis Bunce – Beach, Low Tide #2

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Mr C like this piece!! Bowee Wowee. The poop was very realistic!

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Forest Hermit – by Roy DeForest   So much to see here and so much fun.

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A fun ceramic piece by Viola Frey.

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This piece was gorgeous and so beautifully rendered that from a distance it looked like a photo. Villa Gamberaia-Laghetto by Tom Fawkes.

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Detail:

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Some gorgeous fused glass plates.  Klaus Moje.

 

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Somehow, I neglected to get attribution for the next two paintings.

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I just loved this one of horses in a landscape. Just so serene and simple and yet drawing us in with the shapes and colors.

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Here is a mixed media piece with oil, fabric and leaves on canvas by Michelle Ross.

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Leaf detail:

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This piece was very intriguing. Will or Won’t by Squeak Carnwath. She embellishes her paintings with imagery that conjures up stories in the viewers mind – at least it did for me. willitorwontit

Detail:

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The title is painted on the side of the canvas:

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I love the title of this one – Rumpus Jump by Lucinda Parker. (I love that so much of their collection is work by women.)

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I have seen full-size versions of Deborah Butterfield’s horses, but these were much smaller and really lovely.

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This piece was interesting to me for how it was executed. It is titled The Last Words by Dinh Q. Le. It is a woven Chromogenic print and linen tape.

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Here is a detail:

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A wall sculpture titled Green Piece by Mel Katz

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A smallish abstract by C S Price who was born in 1874. I liked the shapes and colors in this.

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And last, a wonderful little carving by John Frame, titled Short Shrift. We saw an installation of his marvelous carvings and assemblages a couple of years ago.

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So, there you go. Hope you enjoyed seeing some art that I love. There was a lot more, but these were my personal favorites. I will try to post this next week, but I have a lot of appointments and meetings. Such is my life!

Fabric Printing at Home

November 6th, 2014

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Julie Booth, one of the members of The Printed Fabric Bee has written a wonderful book about printing on fabric at home. She uses every thing but the kitchen sink – on second thought, I think she probably uses the kitchen sink!! As a surface designer, I always enjoy looking at books with fresh ideas. I really enjoyed going through Julie’s book. It is packed with good information and beautiful photos.

She starts the book with very excellent information about setting up a home printing area and gathering the needed supplies – brushes, paints, and other tools. Scattered through the book are highlighted areas with extra information, tips and photos such as this one on how to make a portable padded print board.

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Julie provides a plethora of ideas for using found items and stuff you will find in your kitchen cabinets for resists and printing – such as flour, sugar, veggies, foil. You can also find ways to use things you might normally throw in the trash or recycle bin to print gorgeous fabric.

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I especially like this trio of fabrics printed with blocks embellished with rubber bands, twist ties and string or twine. Click on any photo to see it larger,

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This piece has a nice textured background that has been over printed using veggies.

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You can pre-order the book from Amazon HERE.  Photos are used with permission from Quarry Books.

Science Themed Printed Fabric Bee

November 2nd, 2014

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October’s theme, chosen by Jackie Lams, was science. I was a bit baffled about what to do. All I could think of was the atomic symbol. So, I did a search on science clip art and came up with DNA strands.

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I drew them with india ink pens and made thermofax screens, but the screens burned too much and the screens started disintegrating. So, back home to regroup. This time I took the drawn screens and made photocopies on my old Canon copier and got much better screens.

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I played around with different colors and background fabric and ended up using chartreuse for the background. Here is the 12 x12 piece for Jackie.

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And here is the 6 inch piece for the give away.

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After doing the dna strand printing, I thought the piece needed something more so I used one of my little stencils and added the red squares.

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For a chance to win this fabric pack, go to Jackie’s blog, our FB page and the Printed Fabric Bee Blog and leave a comment.