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Second Breath

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

This is today’s 3 x 3 – a bit of indigo shibori, machine stitched. Here is yesterday’s –

Robert Genn’s newsletter popped up in my e-mail just a bit ago as I was downloading photos and getting read to write this post. It is titled, “Second Breath”

A “second breath” is a restart of a work after getting a second opinion from yourself. I made up that line while I was walking this morning–so it’s my lead-in to an overdue letter on methods of reworking half-finished or unsatisfactory paintings–and what dangers may be lurking.

You need not consider the time you’ve already wasted, the cloud of your ego, or the riveting need to keep some particular part. This is business and you need to make the business better. You need to ask yourself, “What could be?” Remember the part about not being hung up on keeping something? It’s when you remove that aircraft carrier from the foreground and replace it with an albatross that you start to get somewhere.

I have posted just two of the paragraphs. This was meaningful to me because I took a second breath today. After I printed my blended photos on organza, I was not happy with how they looked on the fabric background that I painted. Truth be told, I didn’t like the background after I started adding more stuff to it.

I want to evoke the feeling of the four seasons in our neighborhood as Scooter, Mr C and I walk it each day. I decided to do a fused patchwork background, using colors that I see in the four seasons. It did not take me as long as I thought to cut and arrange the pieces. I put Mistyfuse on the batting. I will fuse down the pieces and then stich the edges in place. It was too long to photograph the whole piece so here are the sections.





This will be a lot more work for me to pull off, but will make for a richer piece. After stitching, I will screenprint the images that I have used to make thermofax screens. Then I will fuse the organza photos.

I have large heavy duty freezer paper sheets that I iron to organza and print in my large Epson 2200.

I spent most of yesterday fighting the printer, cleaning the print heads, adding new ink cartridges. I was still getting horizontal lines when I printed on plain paper. After consulting my expert friend, Gloria Hansen, I found I needed to set the printing for high resolution and it worked perfectly.

Lent started yesterday. I don’t like to give up anything so I am doing something. I am wearing my pedometer and attempting to walk 10,000 steps a day. I set a goal of 8000 for the first week and will work up to 10,000 by next week, I hope.


Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Today was Tuesday

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Some days, I just can’t think of a catchy title for my blog!! This is today’s 3 x 3, stitched while I was at a High Fiber Diet meeting. I hadn’t been to a meeting since October, I think. It was fun catching up with every one. Two of our members did a very informative talk on value with great visuals.

I painted the background for the neighborhood walk quilt.  Fortunately, I have two backgrounds because I think I messed up the first one. I hung them outside to dry and then noticed it was raining. I think I am on the right track because there will be more layers. It may be that the first failure will work best.

I made some more thermofax screens. I like these twiggy trees.


This gnarly old tree is probably too dark. I think I need to lighten up the copy and try again. We have lots of trees like this in our neighborhood.

Ignore those blobs on the right – this is my test fabric with other images.

Tomorrow, I am going to work on printing out my blended photos on my large Epson printer.

Stop Procrastinating

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Yesterday’s 3 x 3 is a piece of indigo with some rusted areas.

I am not being as productive as I want to be. I started a new regime today. I am hoping to get more work done in my studio so that I can keep up with my commitments. I had to do some neatening and cleaning to get ready to finish the Mr C and Scooter piece. Here is the background fabric that painted before I went to SF.

I need to do some more layers of painting and printing before I can collage the blended photos. I have some trees to make into thermofax screens then I can start printing.

For today’s 3 x 3, I decided to work with complements. This is blue silk background with orange circles, free motion quilted.

Lisa called tonight to tell me that she and Clay are meeting with a wedding planner on Tuesday to make plans for a spring 2013 wedding. Woo hoo! The venue will be the Marine Headlands, and you need to reserve it a year ahead.

Here is my boy, all curled up and sound asleep.


A Great Day

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I took this photo of Lisa and Clay last week while in San Francisco. Today, Clay asked Lisa to marry her and she said, yes! Clay had confided in me when she was here for Christmas and I even helped her select the ring. I felt so honored to be her confidant. We are so happy to have Clay become a part of our family. I think the wedding won’t happen until 2013 and hopefully, by then, marriage between same sex couples will finally be legal.

Another fantastic thing happened for Lisa this week. The biannual invitational at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco opened and her piece sold on the first night – $2500!! So proud of her.

This morning, I had fun with our encaustic adventure at Trinity. It was a great group of students. Serena Barton, our teacher, said it was one of her best group of students. Here is some of the work that was done.

I did three pieces – two with textiles. This piece has a couple of strips of shibori indigo in it.

For this piece, I printed a photo of one of my aspen quilts on silk and encased it in wax. I overworked the piece trying to blend the edges. The photo was a rectangle and the board was square. I would like to try this again with better proportions.

This is the last piece I did — in about 10 minutes. It was fun to just go wild with the beeswax paints.

We all agreed that we want Serena to come back and for a full day.

Tonight, we went to the symphony which was being recorded for a cd. We were cautioned to be very quiet and it was hysterical to hear the coughing every time there was a break.

I bet you thought I didn’t have time to do a 3 x 3 today, but here it is . A quicky felted piece.