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Showing posts from January, 2016

Fiber Fusion Update

I am continuing to work on my bowls - which I am hoping to enter in the Fiber Fusion travelling exhibition... which is being produced by the Washington State Surface Design Association.  

In the mean time, I was asked to help test their online entry system (which was a nice honor!).  It's working great!! AND the call is now open, so if you are interested in participating in the Fiber Fusion show, you have until March 20th, 2016 to enter (you do HAVE to be an SDA member to get that done first!). 

Here's my latest photo shoot for one of the bowls.  Trying to figure out which background etc, I like best.  So far I've taken about 200 pictures - trying different angles, backgrounds, and ephemera.  I'll show you the one I end up using later.  :)   I may even use it to apply to the SPIN image contest for their 2016 festival!  Wish me luck!

Finally Back At Work (on artwork!)

The holidays got crazy... did it get crazy for you?  I have to believe that you too, probably had a LOT of things going on.  I had some good (craft fairs, high tea, lots of family), and some not-so-good (beloved grams died, car issues, furnace issues, and lots of family).  But even though there were lows mixed in with my highs, I'm still more than a bit sorry to have the holidays end.

HOWEVER, I am happy to be able to focus on my art again!!  Last post, I showed some of the lovely birds that I'm hoping will become models for future art pieces.  But right now, I'm working on something I toyed with a bit before the holiday craziness began... and that's making silk fabric (which I've painted) into bowls using resin.

My first piece provided a good amount of education for me.  I'm still working with it and thus, still learning.  But so far here's what I've learned.

When you apply resin to fabric, if it's meshy (or loosely woven), even though you'v…

Happy New Year - Time To Focus!

Happy New Year to all my friends, family, and readers!  I hope your holiday was fabulous!!

Mine was spent watching snow fall but then it melted away (boohoo!).  Actually, mine was really spent watching all the little birdies scrabbling around my feeders.  That was a LOT of fun!

And I have been thinking about my focus for this year - which is to try and paint as much as possible... so the birds fit in perfectly!!  I literally focused on them!  LOL

So here are a few pics of some of the VERY shy birds who were hopping around my feeders on New Years.  I am hoping to turn some (or all?!) of them into paintings!

I got pictures (not great as far as pictures go, but acceptable for bird-studies!) of Varied Thrushes, Evening Grosbeaks (my personal favorites!), Downy Woodpeckers, Steller Jays, and 
Spotted Towhees

And I also saw (but didn't get pictures of): Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadees, Flickers, House-Sparrows, Robins, and House Finches.  LOTS of birdy activity available if you want to pu…