Archive for November, 2010

Where there is smoke…

November 16, 2010

Every so often, an idea, thought or image will come into my head that no matter how much I shake it, it will not leave.  I believe they call this obsessive behavior.

The idea stewing in there at the moment is what to do with a bunch of old cabinet cards that were fire and smoke damaged.  These cards belong to my mother and are in my possession for permanent safekeeping (permanent meaning until she decides to come and take them).  Their original safekeeper was my mother’s beloved aunt Josephine.  We have heard so much about Aunt Josephine over the years, her name conjures up a presence even though I never met her.  Sadly, she died before my birth.  She and her husband and young baby son were all killed in a fire when their oil furnace exploded back sometime around 1950.  The only survivor was her then 3 year old daughter now a full grown adult cousin.

The cabinet cards survived, too.  With so much smoke damage it looks like you could puzzle them back together in their original placement that terrible night.  Some cards are beyond recognition with blackened parts or faded areas.  Flakes of paper are falling off, corners have disintegrated (I choose that over the image of rodents gnawing on them) and this particular one has been lovingly decorated with an orange crayon.

My idea is to use these as inspiration for art quilts.  Here is my first.

The background was done to simulate the cabinet card itself with a thread painting  attached as the photograph was.  I was trying to capture the geometric shape created by the smoke damage and, also,  the orange crayon.

I did another one after this but am not satisfied with it.  There is, perhaps, more to do on this one.   I feel the idea merits further exploration and hope some other obsessive thought doesn’t replace it before I have the opportunity to.


Elizabethicus Incompertus

November 13, 2010

A blogging friend and (at the time unknown) high school classmate of mine, Elizabeth Harper posted a picture of this very cute and green eyed bird here.  With her permission, I created my own version of the little guy who looks like he is desperately trying to tell us something.   The tiny dots in the background are glass seed beads and his little wing feather was created separately and attached to give it some dimension although the scanner didn’t pick up on this.

Study Elizabeth’s bird closely and if you can tell me what kind of bird it is, I would appreciate it.  I have looked at every bird picture on the world wide web and cannot find another like it.  I believe it is a new species and have thus given it the name, Elizabethicus Incompertus, after its discoverer.If my Latin name is off the mark, remember it is just for fun and blame my Latin degreed daughter who was too busy to help!

Update:  Evelyn Oldroyd knows her birds.  Read the comments for a link…

Needs vs. Wants

November 9, 2010

When you wake up in the morning, do you make a conscience decision to do only what you want to do and not what you need to do?    With kids grown, seems house stuff is no longer urgent, weeknight and weekend activities centered around school are over (thank goodness!) and with a job that is sporadic,  I (sometimes unfortunately) have come to the point in my life where I do this more often than I should and what needs to be done gets push aside to accommodate the wants.

But, this is good if you have an insatiable urge to create.

So here are my offerings for the last few days…

a little bird done from the watercolour shown in a recent post.

My very first tapestry done in a workshop given by Tommye Scanlin.  I finished the weaving of the tapestry two years ago but I  tacked down and trimmed it this weekend.  I haven’t spent enough time doing tapestry, I haven’t gotten any better than this.


A page from my sketchbook.  I drew the girl and then watercolored her.  This image was done in  photoshop superimposing her colored face onto the line work.  I really liked the  line created with her shoulder, neck and breast.  I can imagine this image in a tapestry, I want to see if I can actually pull that off…

That’s what I call a need…

What I did with my time this weekend.

November 1, 2010


There has to be a good title for this bird but for the life of me, I cannot come up with it.  Any suggestions?

This is a tiny watercolour done while watching TV last night.   He will soon be recreated in thread.

I say watching TV but it is more like listening to TV when I am at the drawing board.  I have a bunch of DVD’s I watch over and over again.  I mean, I can say the lines along with the actors.  Occasionally though, I will look up from what my hands are working on and actually look at the screen.  Sometimes it is as tho’ I have never viewed the movie before, the image is unrecognizable to me.  That always makes me giggle in amazement.