Archive for February, 2013

No Slacking Allowed

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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I thought that eventually all the commitments that I have taken on would pile up, and I would start to panic. After a bit of self talk, I got my act together  today and was able to bring order out of the impending chaos. I feel good about that.

I have been getting to the studio a bit each day, which helps to balance all the left brain stuff. I over-dyed one of the silk pieces that was not quite black and another undyed piece. I soaked them in vinegar and then into the silk black dye and into the microwave.

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I got a much better black. You can see it in the first photo next to one of the pieces from the other day. The silk didn’t dye as evenly this time as you can see here.

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But, I think it will work for what I want – at least the blacker sections. I also Mistyfuse the rainbow silk.

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I also drew some sketches of the piece I plan to make with these fabrics. I won’t be able to show it for a bit as it is for an invitational show and we have been asked to keep the pieces under wraps for now.

I have continued to stitch the 3 x 3s together – having fun pairing beads with each section.

Here are my sketches from the last  two days.

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This is the comfy old chair in my office – I have had it for so long.

Mr C brought these to me today. It was a gray rainy day and they were a delight.

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Tomorrow, I am doing the food for the opening reception of the Trinity Arts exhibit. The artist is from Argentina so I am doing some regional food — steak with Chimichurri sauce, Empanadas and a few other goodies.

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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A Good Idea

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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I posted a photo of my 3 x 3 assemblage on Face Book today. Someone asked how I was going to attach them. I said I thought I would just tack the corners to keep from adding more stitching to the small pieces. Someone commented that I could put a bead between each piece as a spacer.  My first thought was, egad, what a lot of work. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. I started the assembling tonight and it goes quite quickly. I am using my bead soup to find beads to blend in with the colors and beading thread which is strong and can hold up to the beads. I had  saved the plastic cover for something I bought at Costco, I think. It is perfect for holding my supplies.

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I think I will enjoy the meditative aspect and handling each little piece.

Here is my drawing from today – my keys.

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Our sweet little granddaughter, Paige, has had one ear infection after another. Today, she had tubes put in her ears. Surgery was successful, and, she woke up smiling!

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The 3 x 3 Assemblage

Monday, February 25th, 2013

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I think this orientation has much more presence than the longer version. I have 6 stragglers. Not sure how to handle them. Maybe I will have some holes in the assemblage and add more pieces to the bottom. Now I have to figure out how to stitch this together. I am thinking of just tacking the corners together so that I don’t muddle it up with too much stitching. You can click on this image to see it larger.

I dyed some silk charmeuse with Prochem’s Silk Black using Paula Burch’s recommendation of soda ash soak and batching overnight. It is a nice dark charcoal color, but not black. I think I might try a vinegar soak next time.

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For my drawing exercise, I have attempted to draw a lowly baking potato, 3 different ways. First with pencil.

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Second, with ink.

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And then with ink and watercolor pencil.

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It was the same potato – sort of looks the same. I think there is some merit in redrawing the same object.

My SDA registration duties are slowing down just as my work for Trinity Arts Artist Among Us duties are gearing up. I never run out of things to do.

A Really Good Thing

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

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My wet studio or actually, a little kitchenette, where I mix dyes and clean up printing and painting supplies, is now fairly neat and clean. This morning, you could not see the floor. The table was covered with stuff – some from Kerr Grabowski’s workshop from last June.

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I did some purging and cleaning of this storage unit – a place I tend to pile stuff to deal with later.

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My kitchen sink is white again! Bottles and containers are washed up. My brushes and other print/paint supplies are in containers on the counter.

There is nothing stopping me now – except getting the 3 x 3s put together. I will work on them tomorrow.

Thank you to Del and Linda for giving me some great drawing ideas. I will get back to that tomorrow. I was busy yesterday doing a marathon session of Constant Contact mailings for SDA reps. Jack and Mia and Miles came over for dinner last night. Stephanie was in Maine all week working with her 3191 partner, MAV. She flew home last night.

Tonight we went to the Symphony. It was a jam-packed fabulous and eclectic concert. The guest conductor is from Estonia and he has quite the amusing personality.  So it has been a busy, but lovely two days. I am a happy camper.