Friday, September 11, 2015


how I came to find myself stitching a mermaid.

water. Its about the water. blessed to live in a place where water is clean and easily available.
it is good to be living near one of the great lakes.

Spend a morning listening to the gentle push and pull of the waves. very calming, refreshes the soul.

take a walk along a river. listen to the gurgle as it tumbles over rocks.

walk around the pond where so much is going on every day.
above and under the murky waters.
the hours spent at the waters edge refresh my whole being. so it is no great mystery to me that I find a mermaid in threads now and then...
from a doodle experiment with the sewing machine and oil sticks

to a post card stitched up quickly for a friend.
to the maiden who is not a mermaid but lives among the fish any way.
for now, the work is about the water. and water is about life. and mermaids lurk in memories of a long ago painting my mother made on a wall for a special man.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Like a Cha Cha dance.

Changing direction. Going a bit backward while moving forward. I jumped out of my comfort zone and played about for a while. Now I am happy to head back to the zone with renewed ideas and skills.
  Was I satisfied with the work I did out of the zone?
Easy answer is no. Actually it is a mix. Glad I tried and learned something about how I work. The work itself seemed to lack a feel of myself in it. It felt, without soul.
   My drawings and doodles during this time kept going back to what I really liked doing. Lots of sketches of what I call my Ladies. The long hair that requires mucho hours of satin stitches when done in fabric.
   So in spite of my declaration of no more ladies! I am going right back there happily. Hopefully I have learned something from my foray into other realms and will bring some of that along to what I do next. Maybe. Probably.
   Bottom line is that I am going to do what makes me happiest. Thats it. thats all. I am going to try not to fret over the inaccuracies of my sketches. The blips of oops and whoops. Just going to stitch. Not trying for shows or sales. Of course I like the compliments when given, but it is in the end an endeavor I do out of a compulsion to make art.
   Thus, going full tilt ahead, Cliches and all, I have begun the first of the second go round of my Ladies.

The start of the newest. A mermaid with her friend. Having fun here with my favorite color combinations. Of course it is satin stitch. Smallish, probably finishing up around ten inches give or take.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

as spring begins to turn towards summer

It has been weeks since the last post. So you would have thought this one would be finished. And you'd be wrong! I had such a hard time getting back to stitching on it. I knew where I wanted it to go so that wasn't the problem. The weather turned nice and I spent a lot of time outside and even took the work outdoors to stitch in the warmth of springs sunshine. Yet managed that only for a short span of time. So I distracted myself with other things. I picked up the sketchbook and drew. I was so very rusty and the sketches were not where they should be technique wise. I practiced daily for a week and they got better by a bit. I doodled on post it notes and pulled up this one to commit to fabric.
I drew it onto a small piece that was eco-dyed last year. It makes me think of cave drawings and the fabric has such an earthy look to it. I haven't stitched it at all though. First I want, no, I need to finish this one!
So from this sketch,
To where it is now,
has taken longer then I thought it would. I like it though and maybe I am staying with it longer just to spend more time up close with it. All that is left of the stitching is the bottom quarter of it, hair strands and leaf bits.
She is still becoming...

Thursday, April 02, 2015

She becomes spring.

she progresses slowly. One stitch at a time.
Colors playing in the strands of hair. The hoop moves from there to here in small bits of movement. I sat outdoors in the warmth of early spring sun and she became a bit more real with each pull of the needle. She feels like spring to me, with her one precious drop of rain or dew almost falling...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

from start to??

This is a drawing from my sketchbook from some years ago.

I transferred it onto a large piece of fabric with the intent of putting needle to it. I wanted to add just a bit of color, keeping the sketch feel to it by not overdoing it. Then she sat dormant for years. I felt I had bit off more then I could chew. 

While digging through a bin of fabric for something else I came across her again. Wrinkled and forgotten. I pulled her out of that dank place and decided to just go for it! After all what would be worse, never trying? Afraid I would ruin it,or fail miserably? But I would learn from her even if I failed in my vision of what she should become! I would not shrink from a challenge. So she was ironed and trimmed and sandwiched with batting and backing.
  I did a bit of tinting to one of the grass fronds and the droplet. I drew the strands of hair with two different colors of inks. These will be embroidered with a variety of colors.

While I still have a long way to go and some clear obstacles  to face, I like her. I am glad I decided to be brave with my needle and floss! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

my other art pastime.

Since I am working on the background stitching of bug two and since it is really uninteresting for showing in a blog post. I decided to put together a smattering of some of my favorite photographs taken over the last few years or so. I have posted most of these at one time or another but it feels like time for a post of photos. The other art I spend time on. So in no particular order here they are.