Friday, January 30, 2015

Doing what I Love

And ONLY what I love!!!  I'm going back to my stitched stories, I have a ton of them sitting around here so I'm setting some of them free to new homes via my Big Cartel Shop!  The remainign 28 pieces have a solo show date this spring, and hopefully by then I'll have finished another 28 pieces.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Pattern and Inspiration often come from the unlikeliest of places in this case it's old vines attached to the wooden siding on my house.

I've been using this vine inspiration in my work for about thirteen years now, lines and french knots is what it has inspired.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fledgling A Stitched Story Textile Painting

Finished this piece this evening, am finally happy with the final look.  It's very rough and organic just like the fledgling in my sketch.

Available in my shop.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Paints

Some new paints, I'm in love with Pam Carriker's new fluid matte paints and plan to purchase more colors!

As you can see here there's a considerable difference in the amount of paint and for the same price point!

My new half pan watercolor palette.

And here it is filled with watercolor paint!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

WIP - Documented Life Journal Cover

My journal cover is a work in progress, I just got my journal yesterday and we are now at the beginning of week 2, you can learn more about The Documented Life Challenge here.  Note that this is NOT my challenge it is being hosted by others, I decided I wanted to try the challenge and my focus for this year long odyssey will be my health.

Monday, January 05, 2015


Thanks to the 60 Day Bird Journal Challenge I'm back to drawing birds, and right now I'm in an art bird frame of mind!  Here is my half duck half water bird I'm working on this afternoon.

Tonight's activities include clearing my drawing and drafting tables so that I can start working on my crow panels once again.  It's snowing here today so it seems like the perfect day to focus exclusively on my studio.

I have a solo show coming up this spring and I have yet to decide what I will put in the show, this is code for I haven't started yet and I haven't a clue!  It'll be fiber art of some sort, 2D for the most part, and may involve more crows, and corn of course, and maybe some Queen Anne's lace???

Friday, January 02, 2015

Deep Winter Sale!!!


Am Celebrating the deep dark days of Winter this year by having a storewide sale... hop on over to my Big Cartel Shop and check it out!  Use the code "Hibernation" when checking out! 

Day 2 60 Day Bird Journal Challenge

Day 2 Story
Resting in arborvitae beside my house
Your song brings to the trees to life.
Is your song ushering in the coming storm?
Or are you singing a song of joy?
A tasty morsel to share,
No creature dares to leave the protection of the tree.
Branches shivering, the Sun twinkling, and the sky a brilliant blue,
Deceptive beauty as nature braces for a fatal blow.
The wind smells of snow.

Going back to Day 2, I had a head start by a couple of days because well I'm writing the prompts, etc., so noticed that I had made a couple of attempts at either a poem or story in my journal.  

I think the sketch pretty much sums it up, it's frigid out right now, the birds are all huddled in the neighbors arborvitaes, I know they are roosting in the tree because you can hear them chirping away if one listens closely enough.  I suspect that they are egging one another one (pun intended) to leave the tree for food and water and no one wants to give up their warm spot on the branch.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Day 1 of the 60 Day Bird Journal Challenge!

See the red circle in the lower left hand corner?  It's highlighting an old enamel dish pan filled with organic corn for the birds and the fat squirrel that's made it's home in our attic, I named the squirrel Trouble.

Since it's mid afternoon as I post this there are no birds out and about, I expect to be seeing some closer to evening time.  For now they are holed up in those arborvitae's to the north of our dog run, I could hear a few peeps over the sound of the traffic.

I'm still working on my poem for Day 1 and will post later this evening, other activities are pressing at the moment, like the making of black-eyed peas with greens for our New Years Dinner.  At the moment hubs is grinding organic corn for the corn bread he'll make to go with our meal.