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No Rain = Happy Day

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

We had no rain today! It was raining tonight when I left my meeting at Trinity, but I was so energized and productive all day long. I started the day with a phone call with the Interim Executive Director for SDA – mainly talking website issues.

I painted some more fabric and hung it out to dry before I took Scooter for his morning walk.  After lunch I worked on the studio once again. It is just about ready for cleaning the paint and dye splattered floor. I try to do a good cleaning of the floor about twice a year. I am a messy artist, and I do not want to muddle up my studio time worrying about paint on the floor!!

Tonight, I received delivery of a print that I fell in love with at the Artist’s Among Us show last month. It is titled Midwinter Moon Mystery and is by Dorothy Freudenberg who lives in Bend.

This is a description of how she works.

Dorothy is a photographer who has left the confines of traditional photography and embraced the new digital technologies, producing works that are in a sense, multi-media. By combining photography with the capabilities of a digital darkroom, working in programs that allow her to build multi-layered pieces, she transforms her factual photography renditions into expressions of internal emotional conditions, with brilliantly-colored, painterly qualities. Years of study in black and white photography have expanded into a new art form, whose tools leave room for a limitless range of possibilities, challenging her to continually engage in experimenting and expanding her expressive capabilities.

It won viewer’s choice at the show. I really love it.

I didn’t get to do a fiber sketch today – maybe not tomorrow. I have Guild meeting tomorrow night and I need to be there at 6 pm.

New Art Acquisition

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

This is a wood block print by Diana Flack that I bought at the show this past week-end. It is titled, Annie’s Quilt, and is an homage to a Gee’s Bend Quilt. She put a little replica of the original quilt in the corner. Be sure to click the images to see them larger.

You can see the original here.

Yesterday morning, I helped to take down the show and get art work organized for the artists to pick up. I got an attack of vertigo and a horrendous sinus headache and had to come home. I have not accomplished much for two days. Lisa and Clay are coming tomorrow. I need to clean up the house and get some vegan food in the fridge. So, I hope I feel better tomorrow.

Mr C has been painting away down in my studio. We have changed the woodwork from a bronzy brown to this off white. I like it so much better. It makes the whole studio seem lighter and airier.

I started quilting the aspen background fabric and ran into problems. I didn’t get very far and I ripped it out. I think I might have to go on a thread buying trip!

Saturday Stuff

Saturday, July 18th, 2009


This is a cute little drawing done by Portland artist, Trish Grantham. She is a friend of my daughter, Lisa. Mia loves her work so I had her select one of Trish’s drawings. I put it in a simple clip frame for her to hang in her room. I have been buying a lot of art this year. It really feels good to support artists during the slow economy. I am running out of wall space so it seemed appropriate to buy something for Miss Mia. The camping scene is drawn on an old encyclopedia page.

I am making great progress on the little girl quilt. I have all the blocks done and have stitched five vertical rows. Then, M & M showed up! No more sewing today.


Tomorrow, I will sew those strips together and head over to Fabric Depot or Mill Ends to find a border fabric.

This morning, Mr C and I took Scooter shopping with us. We went to Home Depot and Pet Smart. We are trying to take him on short rides to get him used to the car. He really doesn’t like it. He did like wandering around the stores and meeting other dogs. Among other things, I bought some clamp light fixtures and bulbs for my new quilt photography set-up. I took a class at the SDA conference. Next, I have to figure out how to use my camera on manual.


I must quit and give full attention to the movie with sub-titles that we are watching -“I’ve Loved You So Long.” It has Kristin Scott Thomas so I didn’t expect subtitles. It is very good.

Fiber Art in About an Hour

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Here is Scrap 050709. These little pieces are taking me about an hour. I try to work quickly, not over thinking. I pull out a fused scrap and let it lead me to the design for the night. Tonight it was the background fabric that looked like a forest on fire.


Doing these little pieces is saving my sanity. I can do something fun and creative when I have a spare hour.

Today was play-date with Mia day. Miles has a special group thing on Thursdays. I get to have time with Mia and make dinner for the family. Tonight it was lamb moussaka. It was so delicious. Mia had a very rigorous field trip to downtown Portland where they toured city hall among other sites. She was too tired to do anything but veg in front of the TV.

A very rainy morning turned into a lovely afternoon and evening. I was able to get in two 30 minute walks.

Mr C hung the woodblock print that I purchased from the latest Trinity show. We hung it over the family room fireplace. The room has so many windows, it was hard to get a photo without reflections and a glare. Here are two views.



Tomorrow night is the opening reception for the Trinity Artist’s Among Us show and sale. I do not have work there, but I am working.


Tuesday, April 7th, 2009


I have not been chilling like Maggie. I have been diligently working on SDA stuff and cleaning my studio. Cleaning my studio was like an archeological dig. I have not done a good cleaning since I finished the quilts for my show and then I have done quite few things since then. I had layers of fabric and paints and pencils and stamps and other interesting things. Every thing is now in its place and it is so serene and inviting in my creative space. I can’t wait to get back to work. Yesterday morning, I attended a Columbia FiberArts Guild board meeting.

I finally hung some art in my office space. It makes me happy to see the work of so many friends and my daughter on the walls.


On left is a piece I bought off the design wall from Liz Berg at Empty Spools at Asilomar. On the right is a piece I got back from a Bag of Stuff challenge.


These are from a print class I took in North Carolina. Top left is a monoprint, the other two are etchings.


Outsider art. The one on the right is a drawing on lined yellow paper from my SIL and BIL in Florida.


The piece on the left was a gift from Mary Manahan who was a blogging friend back when I started. She no longer blogs, but checks in once in awhile – I miss her. The other piece is by the very talented Rhonda Blasingame. I got this piece in a Quilt Swap. Wasn’t I lucky.


And, my mantra for every day: Keep Calm and Carry On.

Today, I had a dentist appointment for drill and fill. I had a couple of 20 year old fillings in two of my front teeth that were leaking. I was not a happy camper this morning, as I was dreading the ordeal, but it really was not that bad. It is nice to have the metal fillings changed to the new white amalgam.

I have a busy few days coming up. Tomorrow, I am having a birthday lunch for Terry and Linda with the STASH group. I must get up early and cook some good things. On Thursday, Lisa and Clay (her SO) are coming to visit for a few days.