Archive for January, 2013
I am very honored to be interviewed over at Mr. X Stitch – Gear Threads Blog today! It is a blog on contemporary embroidery and Gear Threads focuses on machine embroidery. First time I have ever been interviewed! Well, I think one of the kids interviewed me in grade school once. Hop over there and take a look. I am so proud!
I am lucky to have some friends who like to get together to try various art projects for fun. Yesterday we played with reduction printing. I think being a printmaker would be the most wonderful occupation (along with being a weaver or potter). I do not have a press nor do I have room for one but it doesn’t mean I don’t really really want one. I want it to go beside my dreamt-about-frequently-but-not-yet-purchased-loom in the dreamt-about-frequently-and-totally-organized-studio. (I haven’t even broached the idea of a kiln. Yet.) We had to use a spoon to print our masterpieces. To be honest, mine didn’t turn out to be a masterpiece but I kept on going after the ladies left and, using Ludwig Hohlwein’s roses as inspiration, I did this –
I was pleased enough with this to share with you.
You may not know much about Ludwig Hohlwein, I didn’t until I saw and bought the poster with the roses that inspired these. (Really, I’ve copied the stylized roses, just not the arrangement. I can’t find a good picture on the internet to link you to the originals) Hohlwein lived in Germany in the early 20th century and was an established graphic artist by the time the Nazi party took control of Germany. He joined the Nazi party at some point and even did some art work for them. (I read he was offered the opportunity to leave Germany in the early 30’s but chose to stay.) This knowledge created conflict in me, should I enjoy the art of someone who had such poor judgement (hopefully that rather than just being an evil man)? I still have the poster hanging and I still like the episode of Bugs Bunny that plays Richard Wagner’s opera despite the controversy of Wagner’s racism. The past is flawed as is the present and I am sure the future will be, also. I recently read In the Garden of Beasts about the American Ambassador and his family at the beginning of Hitler’s regime. It was a fascinating book. Hitler’s control crept up on the German people at that time. If just a few had had the courage to speak up… I feel another book about this time in Germany is a must-read book, Stones from the River. Most excellent book. I think the world would be a better place if everyone read this book.
Goodness, I’ve expounded a bit tonight, haven’ t I?
For the last couple of years, I have had, in one corner of my studio, a jumbled mess (actually the whole studio is a jumbled mess, hence this blog’s name). But I am tired of looking at this particular mess. I have been saving twigs and raffia to make another nest egg, this one for me since the first 3 were given away. I made it tonight.
That corner is now clean. I have retired from nest building.
Last night was spent sketching on scrap paper.
I am trying to get in the habit of creating daily. Bunny and eggs, I think I am also ready for spring.
Have you ever heard the phrase “’til the cows come home?” I haven’t heard it in years (or even thought about it and now you are thinking if that is what’s on my mind, I have a very boring life indeed! And yes, I do.) Seems to me that we used to have and use more idioms than we do now but maybe the idioms have just changed and I am no longer “with it.”
When I was a kid, my parents would “drag” us up to Ellijay, Georgia every weekend. Drag was the word we used then, now going to Ellijay is a pleasure as it was for my parents back then. Ellijay is in the mountains of Georgia, a back woods kind of country. At least back then. Lots of family lore and land, dirt roads, barn cats, corn rows, snakes, grassy meadows, stinky hogs, swimming holes and cows. We would hear my great-uncle Glen calling his cows home each evening. That is a sound I would love to hear again.
This is an 8″x8″ watercolor with some white acrylic ink in the background. I was trying to make the cows pop. Can you imagine someone with limited knowledge of English wondering about why I wanted the cows to pop? Or any of the strange idioms we may use/used to use regularly? But don’t they make talking and listening much more enjoyable?
I am not doing resolutions this year. I never keep them anyway. But… if I were to make a resolution, I would want it to be to create a drawing (or comparable creative endeavor) a day. And… if I had made that resolution, this would be drawing #1. I bought a pad of grey scaled papers so I could add light and dark to the mid range of grey to create drawings like this, but the texture of the paper is too rough and I have a lot of “pits” showing. They are rather detracting in the light areas.
Happy New Year! May this be the year that we make better.