Thursday, June 16, 2016

I'm Still Here

Well, I have spent most of today trying to sort out all of my photos from my laptop, Ipad and phone.  I'm not that high tech on such things and every time I think I know what I am doing, they change something.  
Anyway, I have completed 1 quilt since I last posted.  With luck I will find the picture and post it for you.
I do have my Irish Chain quilt top finished but I don't have a picture of that one.

I have been doing a lot of Bible Art Journaling this year.  I find comfort in reading the scriptures and then creating art to go with it.  Here is an example.
I purchased a special bible for journaling so I can keep my study bible just for my notes.

Of course, I had to give the color books a try and I won't say I am hooked, but it is relaxing to do at night.
That's all for now.  Once I can get everything straightened out I will add another post and let you know what else I have been doing.

One question, I would like to know the best way to read the blogs that I follow.  I have heard of blogroll and feedly, but I'm not sure which is better.  Please let me know what you use to keep up with your blogs.  Thanks a bunch.  Have a great day.  Bye for now.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Closing Out the Year

As this year draws to a close, I want to wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2016.  I don't make resolutions, I learned a long time ago that I did not keep my agreement, but some do and I hope for them a year full of achievements and accomplishments.

I stepped out of my box this year and made some great strides in my art.  Some I was happy with and some not so much, but that is the way we learn and progress.  We keep trying.  My last accomplishment for 2015 was this painting that became our Christmas card.  It seemed like it just fell into place and was created in less than 3 days.  I pray that all will be safe and sound through the coming year and life will treat you kind.  May God Bless you and fill your heart with Joy.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mixed Media Collage

I am still working in my art journals and playing with mixed media.  Recently I tried a collage page. I had attempted collage before but was never happy with it.  Then I watched a video, again on you tube, and saw DeDe Willingham create a page with pieces of magazine photos and acrylic paint.  I gave it a try and really had fun.  I made my own little world or part of one anyway.  I will definitely do this process again.

Other mixed media pages I have created

A Long Time.....

It has really been a long time since I have done anything with this blog.  So much has happened in the last year that committing to blog posts were the last thing on my mind.

I am slowly trying to get it cleaned and updated with current paintings, etc.

I have decided to stream line the work I will do in the coming year which I think will give me time to get this blog back up and running smoothly.

I am still working in oils, still working on quilts even though I have only finished one this year, and still working in my mixed media journals.

I plan on more paintings and a one year study of art journal work, called Life Book 2016.  I have several quilts to finish or work on and I plan to do some more modern types this coming year.

Does this sound like stream lining?  Anyway, in my mind it does.  So I want to wish everyone out there a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I hope to be in touch with you as the New Year begins.  Take Care and God Bless.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Precious Possessions

The other day I received an email from Lesley Riley, which included a video Making plans for your precious possessions on you tube by a lady named Susan Lenz.  I could not get her talk out of my head.  The next day I was in my studio dusting off my grandmothers old rocker and bringing out my can of paint.
 I spent the morning painting this chair and while I did that I thought of all the memories that were held within this piece of furniture.  My grandmother reading risque Victorian novels.  The first night my daughter, Amanda came home and I held her and rocked her to sleep.  My nephew, Shawn, helping to feed her, patting her head and holding her tiny fingers.  This was a precious possession and lately it held nothing but dust, dirt and spider webs.

Not anymore, as I set the pot of flowers down in the seat I could feel my grandmother saying, "thank you, for giving this a new life."  It now sits on my patio where I enjoy the colors and the memories that come to mind when I see it.  If you have time, check out Susan's video.  She is an artist that uses others precious possessions to create amazing items.  It will be worth your time.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blue Birds hard at work!

I caught these shots of a pair of Eastern Blue Birds the other day.  They seem to be hard at work on a nest in the corner eve of our car port.

 They were flying from the fence to the edge of the car port.  There is an open area right below the roof where they are making their home this year.

 I think they were talking about what "paint colors" they were going to put in the babies room!!!!

Dad watches over things while Mom goes out for materials to build.  Just like a man!!!  I hope we have new ones this year.  I would love to get some photos.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Irish Chain Quilt

I have always wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt.  I found a pattern in one of my old books and started it last year.  Lately, I have been working on the 9 patch blocks.

 I have 400 of the pieces to make and I'm up to 250.  This past week I worked on a few strips and twice, not once, but twice, I sewed the strips together wrong.

 The center cream color is supposed to be horizontal so it will match the solid squares in the block, but I sewed them vertical.  These pieces are 1.5" strips that are pieced together and I have used
the seam ripper to take one strip apart and put the pieces in my scraps so I won't pick them up again.  At least I only made 2 strip sets.  I would have been devastated if I had made a bunch.  I think I will have to go back to that old rule, measure twice, and in my case, maybe three times before I cut.

This is the finished block and I need 41 for the queen size I am making.  I have all the other pieces cut and ready to assemble.  I need the quilt gods to send down prayers that I finally get it right.

Friday, April 24, 2015

New Study of a Waterhouse Painting

I am such a fan of John William Waterhouse and recently found, through someones blog, a painting of his that I just fell in love with.  I ask the lady if she could tell me about the painting and she gave me the title, "I'm Half Sick of Shadows" said the Lady of Shalott.  This is my study in oil of his painting from 1916.

I had to paint it because, for some reason, I had this connection with her.  I could feel her frustration from working with her tapestry and only having a certain time to work on the detail of the piece.  I can't imagine what it would have been like using a setup like she had.

At first I thought the view behind her was a window, but upon closer observation, I realized it was a mirror and the view was a reflection from the other side of the room.  I had a wonderful time working on this piece and it will be displayed proudly in my studio.  I would love to give credit to the blogger that I found out about this from, so if your out there and read this, please leave me a comment so I can let everyone know where my information came from and link your blog.   Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Headaches over this PC

I was soooo happy when I purchased my new PC.  I also purchased a new, more powerful router, that allowed wi-fi access in my studio.  Boy, I was on cloud 9, or so I thought.
I am having the darnedest time figuring out the transfer of photos from my Samsung phone or my Ipad to One Drive and then to get them downloaded to my picture file.  I did not realize I was so "old school"!

I am going to try to upload a few pictures just to see if I can do it properly.  I hope so, because I miss not blogging about things going on here in my cottage and on the farm. So here goes, wish me luck.

 These photos were made at Scarrett Bennett Seminary in Nashville, TN.

 I had the honor of auditing an Old Testament Hebrew class at Vanderbilt University.

I always parked around Scarrett and walked to the lecture hall.  I love these old buildings

 There style just draw me to them.  I think a painting series will be in the future for these photos.

Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from the class due to my husbands accident on Sept. 6th.  He is doing a lot better, I would say 90% recovered.  I may get another chance at the audit next year.

On the other hand, it looks like I have finally figured out what I'm doing with the photos.  I hope so, because I want to share other things with you all and get back to blogging on a regular basis.  Have a great day and I will post again real soon.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Organizing Thread

Well, I took a couple of weeks off because of Christmas and New Year and when I walked back into my studio the other day I saw this.

 My embroidery thread was all over the floor.

The racks that were hanging on a peg board were broken and stuck behind my embroidery machine and table.
 For some strange reason the board fell off the wall.  Hard to believe, when it was hanging on 3 bolts screwed into the wall.  Once I got everything pulled out away from the machine (thank goodness it wasn't hit) I realized that the top strip of the board broke lose and that caused it to fall.

I decided then that I was not taking another chance on that happening again so I made a trip the the Container Store and purchased shoe boxes as well as other storage containers for my thread.
I have spent this morning getting everything sorted out and placed in the correct sized containers.  Doing this has also made me realize I have way to much thread and spend far to little time using my embroidery machine.  Through the years I have collected up Maderia, PolyX40, Robinson-Anton and Floriani threads and have barely used any of it.

My intention this year is to put this thread to some kind of use.  I love Jenny Haskins designs and have several of her books.  I think it's time I pulled them out and made use of them.  I feel kinda like a thread hoarder as well as a fabric junkie.  Maybe I should go into rehab!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

New Oil Painting

Back in the summer, I had a request for a commission oil painting.  I was about 75% through it when Ricky had his accident.  In October, I found out that the painting needed to be finished before Thanksgiving instead of Christmas.  I had not been to the art studio since September and had really no desire to do anything, but I was committed to this, so I had to get to work on it.

I went to the studio and picked it up, came home and started working on it a few days a week.  At that time Ricky and I were spending 3 days week going back and forth to therapy for his hands, legs and neck.  I stuck with it and was able to get it completed.

I had it framed for her, and my sister-in-law delivered it to her.  She was so pleased and sent me the nicest thank you card.  I hope the family member that she was giving it to was pleased with it.