Friday, April 24, 2009

February and March Landscapes

I finally finished the two landscapes that I was working on.

This is the March landscape and the one below is February.

It is always interesting to look at the pieces as photographs. For some reason I always see an aspect of the piece that I had not noticed while I was working on it. Maybe it is because the photograph puts some "distance" on the piece and while I'm working on it, it is too much "in-my-face" to notice some details.

In any case, I am happy they are done. Both are 15" x 15".

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Gardening in My Mind

My daughter just posted on Facebook all of the things that she just planted in her garden in California. I just had to sigh. Yes, I do miss the good practically-year-round gardening weather in California.

It is not quite warm enough to start planting here in upstate NY, still might get a cold night. But even when it warms, I think I'll have to pass on the new and just work with what we have at the moment.

But I can garden in my mind. Jackson and Perkins is tempting me with their 2009 roses. Here is a beautiful example:

The Summer of Love Hybrid Tea Rose. So appropriate because we are close to Woodstock!

I think this would be a good image to work with when doing a color impression quilt. Maybe that will be my next project.

I'm almost finished with the landscape pieces. Still doing the final edges and hanging sleeve for the back.

We have a little break between workshops, so hopefully I'll get some studio time. The next one starts April 30th, although we do have an art therapy group coming in this next weekend for their group retreat. They even hired a yoga instructor for one day!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Forget About Coloring Easter Eggs!

Here is what I colored for Easter!

In case, you've never met me -- red is not what I was born with. But I always wanted to give it a try since my brown hair did have natural red highlights.

I needed to brighten up my day, week, whatever. Maybe I miss coloring easter eggs! ;-) Good thing my hairdresser didn't have any blue, pink, or purple dyes!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Counting Sheep

Yesterday I was feeling a bit low, probably from lack of sleep, so I started counting sheep.

After dinner I was browsing the internet after a search on "wool sheep" and "how to raise sheep". Yes, I know this is crazy, but I was to tired to think straight! ;-)

There are lots of interesting sheep varieties and the wool on the wool varieties certainly looks fine and soft. Hmm. Maybe a couple of sheep would look nice on the "back forty" (really the back 4)! Yeah, right! Like I need another job.

Well it is fun to dream.

I'm almost finished with two more landscape quilts. Just need the finishing edge. I was going to call it quits with this series, but then what happens . . . I go outside and start looking at the trees and think . . . Hmm, there is more that I can do to improve this series. Sigh, it never ends. Thank goodness!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

More Progress on Landscapes

I got a quick shot of one of the landscapes that I'm working on. This is after I added the trees. I like that the pinkish fabric in back of the trees gives it a different "feel" than my previous winter landscape.

I'm still working on the trees in the next of this series. But I've come down with a miserable Spring cold and don't feel like doing anything in my studio. Maybe in a couple of days.