Saturday, February 26, 2022

Perez Art Museum (Miami)

 This beaded piece caught my attention.  I so want to do a large scale beaded project.  I am thinking still life with organic shapes, but there is no time to even dream about it right now.  Sketching and keeping an eye out for great ideas is the first step, right?  And - getting some projects on the work table completed.

Friday, February 25, 2022

a little more miami

 Sitting inside on a snowy day.  Good time to reflect on a wonderful week in Miami.  Jill and I had a wonderful time at the VanGogh Immersive Experience. I also enjoyed the floors in the restroom!

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Solstice to Equinox

 I've been stitching a weekly butterfly for the 'Solstice to Equinox' #100 day project.  The background is a stencil of Paris with thickened dyes.  I dream of going back to Paris. Probably not going to happen for awhile. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Ice therapy

 The sunshine on my flowering crab was so beautiful this morning.  The ice shimmered like little lights.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

2/22/22 What a wonderful date!

 Here I am, awake at 2 am on 2.22.22!  And... it's Tuesday. 😃

It seems like I should write something amazing today, twice.  Ok, enough of the 2's.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Day 7/100 Diad with yellow

 My colour theme for today is diad (or diadic) with yellow and green.  This theme is two colours separated by one on the colour wheel. 

Friday, February 18, 2022

Days 4, 5 and 6

 100 days of colour.  6 done. 94 to go.  It's easy to do now with cold weather keeping me inside.  What happens when it is suddenly warm?  

Analogous theme with yellow/yellow orange/ yellow green

Triadic theme with yellow, red and blue. 

Tetradic theme with yellow/orange/purple/blue

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Winter texture

 Yesterday the temperature got up to 59 degrees!  The forest begged me to take a walk. There were a few spots that I slid on the ice, but luckily did not fall.  I took a few texture shots to remember this day:

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Mamma kitty

 The poor dear was never really named.  She has been Mamma kitty for at least 17 years.  We don't know exactly when she was born, but I know she was around before Jon and I got married. It's amazing to me that an outdoor cat has survived this long with all the wild animals around.  She does seems to walk with an eye on the sky (eagles), and close by when I take a walk thru the woods and back field (owls and coyotes).  Today she followed me on a 45 minute walk! My lesson from her to to keep moving!

She is a good mark maker.  Wet footprints across the driveway.

Scurrying across the neighbors field.  She knows this is the danger zone.

Safety on the porch. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Yellow: Complementary

 Yellow and purple, opposite on the colour wheel.  I don't like this combo.   At least not in this pure state, way too harsh for my eye. 

A few years ago I put together a quilt using this colour scheme, but on a softer level:

I won't dismiss using yellow and purple for now.  I don't have much purple in my stash compared to the yellows I have hoarded away.  Even my yellow bead box is filled to the brim.  I'll continue to explore yellow, but for now I'm happy with using it alone.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Yellow: Monochromatic

 I began my colour journey with yellow, as it is probably my favorite to work with.  Blue is up there pretty close, but nothing beats a nice cheerful and happy yellow. 

Sunday, February 13, 2022

#the100dayproject - day 1 - yellow

 And it begins... 

Yellow is a favorite of mine.  I like the bright cheeriness that glows from this beautiful color.  

Yellow symbolizes: happiness, optimism, energy, joy and creativity.  It also symbolizes cowardice, anxiety and jealousy. But, we won't go there!

Vincent VanGogh summed it up for me,  "How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun"

Day 1 of #the100dayproject / getting the plan down on paper

 For my 100 days this year, I am digging into learning more about colour. I feel that in 100 days that I won't even scratch the surface.  I will concentrate on fabrics and stitch, with a bit of paint if I find myself falling behind. 

My sister (the science teacher) had suggestions that dealt with light, rods, cones and other sciency things. I then started thinking about colour in terms of emotions and how one reacts to various colours.  My sister in law is an optometrist. I imagine she would have a different view on how I should approach my colour study!  100 days is certainly not enough.  

For now, I have a brief outline of things I want to learn, with a bullet journal to cross off the days.  

And a colour wheel.  That is a good place to begin.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

I don't know the name of this plant

Last spring I purchased a number of these plants to use on the tables for my nieces high school graduation party. I didn't keep the tag, but it is some sort of succulent.  Yes, I could look it up and figure it out.  For now it's just "Corinne's plant".  I really like the texture and gentle plant colour.

It hasn't done well this winter, but I did notice babies forming a few weeks ago.  I decided it was time to snip one for rooting.


Friday, February 11, 2022

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Stitching with Matty

 What I learned from stitching with a 4 year old:

Kids can easily cut wonky shapes.  If I can do it, I shall try to cut with my left hand. Or blind folded!

Be fearless

The end product always goes home to mom for display on the refrigerator

Color.  Lots of bold bright color makes any art project better.

Don't take too long.  Little boys have a short attention span.

Kids always want to do what you are doing.  No room for just watching.

Always end a project with excitement and a crazy leap over the sofa.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Don't throw anything away

 This piece from the Perez Art Museum in Miami is my reminder to thing twice before pitching my hoard.  I know that my family of mixed media arts friends know exactly where I am coming from.  As soon as something goes to the bin, I need it!