Monday, June 23, 2008


Contemplation is part 2 of Nature Series Part II focussing on negative space. It is 37 X 29. My goal was to create a pleasing nature scene that involved depth and interesting negative spaces. I had hoped that the viewer might contemplate the beauty of these dark negative spaces in a dense forest and let the mind fill in the rest. This piece is inspired by a photo I took of the Big Thompson River that flows through the Drake and Loveland area in Colorado. The background was painted and inked. Trees were appliqued and leaves were fiber etched, layered with bits of thread and Angelina fibers, covered with dark misty fuse and quilted. Pine tree on the left and the bush in the foreground were threadpainted on watersoluble stabilizer and appliqued. The large set of trees to the left of the pine tree were pieced and the surrounding foliage was raw edge appliqued and machine embroidered. The river is composed of various cotton fabrics, sparkled organza and organdie, heat distressed painted cellophane, old dryer sheets, cheesecloth, Angelina fibers and tinzl, stitched with metallic and opalescent kaleidoscope thread. I tried to capture the muddy bank along the river by adding dark cotton fabric and black lacy tulle. A ridge of white fabric forms the bubbles that lie along the muddy bank. The illusion of depth in the forest was attempted by changing the coloring from one set of trees to the next. This year, I have been experimenting with recreating water using both conventional and unconventional natural and synthetic materials. While this piece comes close to what I had wanted to achieve, it still missed the mark. It is a step in the right direction, but I still have a long way to go in achieving what I set out to do. I guess it's back to the drawing board as they say. LOL

Friday, June 20, 2008

I've Been Tagged

Tag - You're It!
I've never been tagged before but I am learning it is a great way to get to know people better. I've been tagged by Cathy Winter! Cathy and I were both exhibiting artists at the Texas Museum of Fiber Arts Deep In the Art of Texas show at the State Capital in May. It was a fantastic display and a wonderful opportunity to meet so many talented folks here in Texas.
If you've been tagged, copy and paste the questions and post your answers in your own blog. Be sure to let your chosen tagged peeps know they've been tagged.So... here we go.... the questions are: 1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Ten years ago, my daughters were 3 and 6 years old. Julie was in kindergarden and Elena was in preschool. I had a job working at United Blood Services testing donor samples for viral markers (HTLV, HIV, Hepatitis, etc...). 2. 5 things on today's to-do list: start the week's laundry, work on my journal quilt for Houston, clean my studio, take a nice long hot bath and attend the opening night reception at the Wesley Gallery 3. Snacks I enjoy: hot chili (I am so addicted to it that I even carry it with me in my purse), dark chocolate -- yum!, chili con queso, sushi and fresh salads of all kinds 4. Things I'd do if I were a billionaire! Pay off the house and buy a summer home in Colorado, make sure the kids had enough $$$$ for college, travel the world, rennovate my studio, have my own personal fitness trainer, hire a maid and a cook 5. . Places I have lived: Albuquerque, New Mexico where I was born and raised. Love the chili!!!! Phoenix, Arizona where we lived for about 8 years. Miss the palm trees. Fort Collins, Colorado, the absolute cleanest place I have ever lived. Really miss the snow!!!Austin, Texas where I reside now is beautiful and the people are very friendly. --- will I move again? My family wishes I would move back to Albuquerque but I think I prefer to visit instead!!!! 6. People I'd like to know more about: Diana Ramirez, Pamela Allen, Helen Cowans, Maree Caplin, Susie Monday, Betsy True

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Wesley Gallery Fiber Art and Textile Show

The Austin Fiber Artists are having a Fiber Art and Textile Show at the Wesley Art Gallery in Dripping Springs from June 20-22, 2008. The show will commence with an opening reception party on Friday, June 20 from 6-9 p.m. where wine and appetizers will be served. There will be a wonderful array of fiber arts displayed and demonstrations offered throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. Two of my pieces were juried into the show. They are Moroccan Play and A Leap of Faith. Moroccan Play is a surface design quilt incorporating Shiva oil painsticks, Lumiere acrylics and fibers. It is the backdrop for the invitation shown here. A Leap of Faith features a pieced and appliqued, quilted interpretation of planets using heat distressed plastics, sheers, acrylics, thread painted embroidery and swarovski crystals. If you have a chance, please stop by and visit the show. It is a fantastic opportunity to see the many types of fiber art that is being produced by fiber artists in metro Austin and promises to be a "feast for the eyes."