Commissioned Gift

I recently completed this cow portrait which will be given to a granddaughter on her graduation from vet school where she is specializing in large animals.

It is a combination of appliqué and free motion stitching on my painted background. It will be framed under glass.

 

Commissioned Christmas Piece

My 50th wedding anniversary present ( appliqué of our family home) to my sister and brother-in-law must have made an impression on my great nephew, Brandon, because he approached me about making a matching one of my brother-in-law’s (his grandfather) homestead as a Christmas present. See post Oct. 26, 2015 for anniversary present.

I was hesitant because Brandon had only a tinted black and white sketch of the house and general store. He wanted it as a surprise so I couldn’t ask for better photographs. I was worried my brother-in-law would say the details weren’t correct.

Working in similar style to the anniversary present, I painted a background (using some artistic license) and appliquéd the house, gas pumps and telephone booth. I had it framed in an oval to complement the original piece.

My worrying apparently was not necessary. Brandon said he was super happy with how it turned out and knew his grandparents would be too. He reported that their initial reaction upon opening it was awesome.

Trip to Antigua

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We returned Feb. 4 from 2 weeks in Antigua West Indies. It is the 10th time that we have gone to Antigua. We love the people and the safeness of the Island so that you feel free to take the public transportation and hike to different spots. The scenery is spectacular. Although we are not traditional lie on the beach people, we enjoy walking on the beautiful beach at Jolly Beach resort in the early morning and evening. The staff at the resort are extremely friendly and always welcome us ” home”. We love the food at the various restaurants and try to walk off all those extra calories.

 

Thread Applique Pet portrait

I made this thread appliqué pet portrait of Bruno for my son’s 29th birthday. Bruno has captured the hearts of my son, Tristan and his fiancé, Erin.

The fur was a bit different from other animals I have done so it posed a bit of a challenge but I was pleased with the result.

I chose to paint the background in muted greys so as not to compete with that sweet little face.

 

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50th Wedding Anniversary Gift

 

 

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I wanted to create something for my sister and brother-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary but was stumped as to what to make.  Some friends in my garden club suggested I make a picture of the family home which we had sold in January after the death of our dad. My husband objected that this would have no significance to my brother-in-law but suggested  that if I included the car he would have been driving while “courting”, it would be meaningful to them both.

With some help from my niece, I tracked down the year and model of the car (1956 Ford custom.) The internet made it relatively easy to get a picture although there weren’t many with the rear view that I wanted. I remembered the car and knew it was a light green. I painted some polyester fabric for the car so it would have a sheen.

Using an older photograph, I tried to create the house and yard of our youth. I drew the house and made appliqué patterns. I painted a background which included a willow tree that had died many years ago and a snowball bush that my mother had loved and my father hated. I appliquéd the pieces using free motion embroidery and added a few flowers and the willow and snowball.  For the final touch I placed the car in the driveway.
I had it framed under glass so the photo is before it went to the framer’s.

footnote:

The anniversary party was attend by a huge number of people so we decided to give family gifts at a restaurant the next day. I was pleased with their reaction although my brother-in-law didn’t have his glasses on so it was my sister, Karen, who first spotted his car.  Her reaction was heartwarming.  Karen said it showed how much he liked it when, after the meal, he  took it around showing it off to the waitress and the other people in the dining room.

Studio and Gallery Open

My teaching studio and gallery  at 683 Route 104 Burtts Corner is finished after being under construction for quite some time. My husband has done a great job creating this space.

GALLERY- The gallery is open by chance or appointment.

TEACHING-I have started with offering a series of four classes beginning in September. I hope that students will want to learn my specialities and then come back for help with their own projects. This would be a directed studies course but that will be for the future.

I would be happy to her from you about techniques you would like to learn.

See the current class schedule in Studio and Gallery.studio&gallery web

Trip to London, Jersey and Brugge Belgium

This week I returned from my trip to the UK where I met my daughter, Lisa, and we visited London, Jersey, and Brugge Belgium.  We had a nice trip and a good visit. The crowds of people made me appreciate my home with its rural setting and wide open spaces. Below are a photo of Big Ben in London, one of Lisa on a walking trail in Jersey and one of Brugge.  I have a week left to get ready for my teaching at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge Alberta and then hope to organize the opening of my new teaching studio and gallery.London webJersey webBrugge web

Teaching Studio and Gallery

My teaching studio that has been in the works for several years is almost complete! It will be equipped  for 6 students who will each have their own ott light, power bar and sewing chair.  It is a pleasant brightly lit space with natural light from multiple windows. My husband has been working hard to finish the vestibule leading into this room. I will keep you posted as to when classes begin.

I will also be hanging some of my thread paintings so that the space doubles as a gallery.

My Entry for SAQA Atlantic Trunk Show

He Sings 1024Members of SAQA-Atlantic have put together a trunk show which represents the diversity of techniques and styles which they use in their work as art quilters. Each piece is 8 x 8 inches and is presented in a 12 x 12 inch mat. Clear presentation envelopes protect the artwork and permit it to be handled safely.

The trunk show is available to travel to meetings of quilt guilds and other interested groups. A SAQA member can accompany the show to make a presentation regarding art quilts and SAQA.

I have finished my piece entitled He Sings and here is a photo of it before it is shipped off for matting and packaging.

He Sings – January, 2015

Materials and Techniques- Hand painted background, free motion embroidery 3-d thread white- throated sparrow, free motion embroidery over yarn tree and branches, 3-d leaves.

Artist Statement:

I strive to recreate nature’s beauty realistically in my work. While my artistic medium is primarily thread, my painted fabric backgrounds support the production of landscapes and life-like three-dimensional images of birds, wildlife and portraits. My wish is to transport the viewer to a unique place, whether it is a forest stand, a beach delivering the glories of a morning sunrise, or a backyard hosting our joyous songbirds.