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High Desert Trip

Friday, September 9th, 2016


Monday was our 52nd wedding anniversary. We headed for central Oregon to the high desert area. We stayed in a lovely B & B in Bend. It was close to the Deschutes river where we could take morning walks and there were really good restaurants within walking distance.

On our way, I had to stop at Camp Sherman and take a short hike to the head waters of the Metolius River. Here we are, enjoying the beauty of that place.


On Tuesday morning, we decided to check out the High Desert Museum which is a lovely place set back in the Ponderosa pines. There were a couple of art exhibits that I wanted to check out. We found much more than that. One art exhibit was art that was for sale to benefit the museum. Here is a piece that I really liked.


The other exhibit was about art that was created as part of the WPA program. It was very interesting. Here is a painting that we liked.


I liked seeing this special exhibit by Marie Watt that was commissioned by the museum. Marie lives and works here in Portland. There was an informative video about her work, as well.



In addition to the indoor exhibits, there were special exhibits of animals and birds of the area. I saw a few Aspens, too.



I really enjoyed the chance to get away and just enjoy the natural world. Now, I am trying to buckle down and get some creative work accomplished.


Trip to Upstate New York

Friday, August 12th, 2016


Last week, we flew to Syracuse, NY so that I could attend my 60th high school reunion and touch base with my family. This photo was taken on our first night there. My sister lives on Little York Lake and we took their pontoon boat out for a sunset cruise.

The next day, I met up with 6 of my bff’s from high school for a cruise on the mail boat on Skaneatlas Lake. It was a small boat with tables and chairs so that we could have our lunch. It was fun to watch the delivery of mail to cottages along the lake. The girls at this camp come out and do a dance for their mail.



After the boat cruise, my sister and I headed to Auburn so that I could check out the SDA exhibit, Transgressing Traditions, at the Schweinfurth Art Center. I took photos of some of my favorite pieces. The exhibit consisted of very avant garde art pieces. I loved looking at each one and marveling at the creativity that went into the making of them.


This piece was not so innovative as it was beautiful, layers of printing by Elizabeth Odiorne. Here is a detail:


This piece by Diane Siebels was copiously hand stitched. I forgot to write down the title.


Here is a detail:


This wonderful piece is by Amy Meisner, called Inheritance. She used abandoned needlepoint, vintage doilies, cotton velvet, silk organza, wool. Click any image to see larger.


I have no idea who did this whimsical piece with pins, needles and safety pins.


I am a huge fan of Judith Content’s shibori kimonos so I had to have my photo taken with it.


This piece by Georgia Roswell is made from strips of discarded textiles. See the detail for a better idea of the construction.



I loved the graphic quality of this piece. It is all computer generated and printed on polyester and quilted!! By Russ Little.


This piece is so lovely and so organic. It is by Andrea Huffman and consists of  variety of textiles and is hand stitched.



There is so much more to see in this exhibit. Click Here for a link to a video of the show.

Continuing with my trip! On Saturday, my little high school class had a picnic. There were 36 in my class in a very rural town in upstate New York. Here are the 17 of us who attended.

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On Sunday, my sister and brother-in-law hosted a family gathering. Jim made us a fantastic feast of clams, lobster tail, shrimp, kielbasa,  potatoes and corn. So delicious.


We got home on Monday but I have been busy catching up.


Thursday, July 28th, 2016


I  took a break to attend a 3 day workshop and I did well, but I was exhausted every night. I have always been a people person, but I spent so much of my recovery holed up with Mr C here in the condo, that I am finding spending a lot of time stimulated by the presence of other people is exhausting for me! Who knew that would every happen to me! I will share some stuff from the workshop later, but I wanted to finish my SFMOMA posting.

Our next stop was at the Calder exhibit which was inside and out. I love his mobiles.


In the outdoor area, there was a beautiful garden wall of ferns and other plants.


Then we were off to Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture since 1900.  A couple of Matisse portraits caught my eye. The first is The Girl with the Green Eyes.


This one is Woman With a Hat. This one was done a little earlier than the one above. I thought it was interesting that it had a more impressionistic quality to it. I really like it better, I think.



I love color and the beauty of juxtaposing colors as Josef Albers does in these 4 pieces.


Mr C and I both have an affection for Robert Motherwell’s works. His work is so bold and graphic. We own a signed print of his work.


See how exciting this place is. You walk into a room and on every wall is a piece by one of your favorite artists. This being work by Mark Rothko.


And what is not to love about this Diebenkorn, Berkeley #7?


There were several pieces by Clyfford Still. His color use is extraordinary.


This  is one of Robert Rauschenberg’s gritty pieces.


I was happy to see this collage by Romare Bearden, one of my favorite artists. I was introduced to his work when I lived in North Carolina and was a docent at an art museum that owned a few of his pieces.

By now, I was beginning to feel as if a truck had run over me but I was determined to find the small works by Klee, another favorite artist.


I was happy to find this in the gift shop: Art Inc. by my daughter, Lisa.


There was so much more. I hope to go back again, soon.

SFMOMA- Part 1

Friday, July 22nd, 2016


One thing I really wanted to do while we were in California was to visit the renovated SFMOMA. It was closed for a long time as they expanded their exhibition space. Mr C used to say the SFMOMA was great architecture and bad art. The main problem was the lack of exhibition space. Well, that has been remedied. It is 5 floors of wondrous art. I had to stop and sit quite often as my stamina was minimal, but I kept going, feeling enriched by the creativity around me. By evening, I could barely get to my hotel room to crash!

We started on the fifth floor with an exhibition of outdoor sculpture. The wire man up there was quite delightful. This work was by an Englishman who created sculptures from natural materials on his solo treks around the world.



Next was this wall covering created by Jongstra, a Dutch fiber artist. She used raw and crafted felt, hand-spun silk, and dried flora. It was huge and in a hallway and difficult to photograph.


In another gallery, we saw these pieces by Andy Warhol and Chuck Close.


This was a different version of his Marilyn work – Reverse Marilyns.


Chuck Close created this portrait using circles in various shades of gray to black. Mesmerizing to look at.


I loved this piece by Frank Stella, so different from his other work, below.




So, I could not wait to get into this gallery! These pieces were in one room.







This very abstracted work always looks so simple, but believe me, it is not easy to do. Wish I had the ability.

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These are two pieces by Ellsworth Kelly that could be art quilts – actually, I think I have seen them made into quilts – don’t you agree.


I will continue this on another day. I need to get my beauty sleep. I am taking a Radical Embroidery workshop at Oregon College of Art and Craft for the next 3 days. This has been my week to enter back into my Portland life. It has been great, but very tiring. I seem to be better each day. In San Francisco, we stayed at the Sofitel in Redwood City. It was really lovely. This was the view from our room. I enjoyed living in the lap of luxury for a few days.


A Hectic, Satisfying Day

Thursday, January 7th, 2016


When I took this quilt (without the tree) to my critique session last fall, the critic said it was not finished, it needed something else. I had always thought about putting a California Oak on it because you often see a lone Oak on the golden hills. I thought it might be too realistic for the overall tone of the quilt. But, today I did it. And, I am still not sure, but I sure love the tree.

I took off for the studio this morning to get this done. I cut a trunk.


I auditioned some green fabrics and ended up using this batik. I think it worked well.

I fused the tree together on a teflon sheet.


Then, I auditioned it in different spots on the landscape and fused it down.


I took it home and quilted it.

I also finished this little quilt. I scattered a few more leaves on it before I added the facing.


Tonight, we took the street car down to the Pearl to the opening of an art exhibit that 3 friends are in. I also retrieved my Blue Picasso Woman and brought it home. It has been traveling for a year and a half.


I took all 3 of these quilts to Kristin LaFlamme who is taking them to Seattle with her tomorrow to be photographed by Mark Frey, who is a great photographer of textiles and art objects. Kristin has a 3-D piece that needs to be photographed for a catalog for a SAQA exhibit at the Textile Museum, Migration Stories. Here she is photographing it in our condo hallway for a video she plans to make of it in various sites.


And so, I am feeling pretty good tonight. Got a lot accomplished. Tomorrow, I start an online dyeing class with Elizabeth Barton. While I was at the studio, I checked on my supplies. In this workshop she promises:

If you’ve never dyed before, this is the class to take. If you have taken a class but ended up feeling confused about the whole process, this is the class to take. If you have taken a class, and felt like it was all too much work, this is the class to take! If you have taken a class and had wimpy or muddy results, this is the class to take! If you have read about a class where you had to dye thousands of little square samples before you could even think about what you needed to make that quilt you have in mind, this is the class to take! If you want to be able to dye a reasonable approximation of any color you see anywhere, this is the class to take! In five lessons, I explain the process of hand dyeing in simple, safe, clear, easy to remember terms. We make enough dye concentrate in the first class to last us through the whole course – and beyond! You really don’t need to be mixing up dye every single time! There are only a few key factors to successful dyeing and I’ll explain them very clearly, so failure just simply is not an option! We will cover: dye mixing, gradation dyeing, pure versus mixed colors, how to derive your own recipes, how to dye neutrals and why you need them and the benefits of overdyeing. In the last class, working from a color inspiration source, we dye the fabric for your next quilt!