Apr 21, 2015

this was a picture of a dog with the saying

Take a lesson from your dog 
Kick some grass over that shit and move on

Thought it was cute

Glad you like !  ;)
Another I've heard a lot lately;

Not My circus, Not My Monkey 

I have found myself saying these a lot .... Very enlightening ;)

Apr 9, 2015

Today's Post Is All Black & White ;)

This was fun ! I think I will do more of this work ;)
I was very excited when I started my zentangled (computer always correcting this word !) rose and couldn't stop myself from finishing it ! 
Now it is drying. 
I also completed the construction of the canvases of my commissioned piece and my abandoned silo piece ;)  It's so nice to be in the groove again ;)

Not every zentangle pattern translates into stitches ... so 3 of the petals are black organza ... the empty 'flopped over' petal pieces will be the colour of the background that I choose to stitch Zentangle Rose to.
I have already painted a warm pinky gray fabric for the background but have left the option of a white background, open. It will depend on what contrast I like better when it comes to stitching it all down.
... water-soluble rinsed off and rose blocked while it dries (and drips ;) ... it is pinned to a 12" sq. piece of styrofoam and wrapped around a bit ... will be on an 18"x18" stretcher frame when finished.

I hope that Spring is well under way where you are ... still cold, and now rainy, here, but on Easter Sunday we awoke to another of Mother Nature's whims !! Luckily it was all gone 'cause yesterday ... freezing rain !! 
It didn't last too long and now it's just mean old cold & wet :(

Mar 29, 2015

"It Never Rains But It Pours" !

Hello dear friends and fellow bloggers !
Getting through these last 2 months has been a tough one for me. I felt so 'blah' that I was not very inspired to sew or draw or even read ! My health was occupying my 'art' time. I think I have finally/hopefully seen the last of the 'biologic' (for my RA) that was still lurking in my system ... coming out in many minor subtle health issues (my blood pressure, sore eyes, enlarged lymph glands, almost tattoo-like marks at the injection sites, a nostril that poured (but did not develop into a cold) and finally, zits on my nose ! At my age !
You can likely imagine how frustrated I have been lately.
Sharron Elizabeth Deacon and her mother Laura Irene (Currie) Deacon

It was my 67th birthday a few days ago and that fact certainly didn't help to make me inspired, revved up or happy ... but it's just another number, right ? Then I remembered running across these old photos ... isn't she cute ! Yeah, that's me !... I appear to be about 3-4 mos. old, being held in turn by my mother, Laura, and her little sister, my Aunt Donna (she is whom I jaunt off to visit a couple of times a year for some much needed R&R). She is in her early eighties now and loves to have me come for a week so that she can beat the pants off me at Scrabble. We talk a lot and I pick her memory for my genealogy stories.

I finally have my hands on 'STITCH' magazine out of the UK. 
My dear friend Monika had written an article for this magazine last fall and it is just now out in Chapters. She has written a lovely article that will prove very useful to stitchers who aren't into sketch books, yet. Monika has told the story of how my ink drawings showed her how she could interpret her own photos into ink drawings that would guide her in her hand & machine stitched thread paintings.
Monika does exciting work and I hope you drop into her blog and have a look around. She adores her prairie landscape in Saskatchewan, Canada and interprets it with a lovely mix of threads. 

see !! there's my name :0
 Thank you so much Monika !  www.mysweetprairie.blogspot.com   
Anyway ... 'it never rains but it pours' ... is my lead in to the 3 projects that grace my right board now. We've had a couple of beautifully, brilliant days and the warmth of the sun coming in my studio window called me to get my pencils, paper, hand-painted fab's and water-soluble out and start organizing what I have and what I still need to get, to work on these projects. That was a bit of fun 'cause I discovered some painted fabrics that I forgot about ... but none were right for any of these projects : (  

Project # 1 is hanging from my ironing board waiting for some new painted fabric for the fore-ground (a plethora of autumn grasses) ... inspired by my own photo of a friend's old log cabin property from the 1800's, where the silo stands behind the foundation of the original barn. The scrawny little pine has been done on water-soluble and will be applied last.  The silo hasn't been entirely ironed down yet ... I'll be able to slip the 'grass' right underneath it.  A blown up photo-copied collage of the original photo has been taped to my wall for months now ... 'bout time I did something with it :) 
I have always been interested in these old abandoned silos and have many photos in my archives waiting for attention. Since I have been taking photos, of those that are on route back to the county first settled by my ancestors, I have seen that some have been demolished ... I'm glad I have the photographs.

Project # 2 is the one that a friend has commissioned last week and which needs a few newly hand-painted fabrics to get started ... tomorrow I plan to paint the colours I need. The 'SAPLING' will be done on water-soluble and applied last ... it will be a beautiful fall, crimson maple sapling.

Going back through my sketch books has inspired project # 3. 
The entangled rose that I posted on Feb. 17, 2015, has inspired me to try it on water-soluble ... to be applied by machine to a pale grey hand-painted background. I needed a subject for another 18"x18" piece for our traveling '18Square' show.

So ... lots on my plate that should keep me out of trouble for a few weeks  ;)

Mar 21, 2015

Happy Spring Everyone !

Just really need the cold to go away, NOW !  
The snow is almost gone, just a few piles of dirty snow left on either side of the driveway, but almost there, thank goodness ! 
There have been a few days of weather above 0C that tease us to believe that warmer weather is coming. 
But the birds have been sorely missing ... the sparrows that usually hang around, during the winter, are either frozen solid or had decided in December that a Florida migration was a must this year.
February in a local thicket
I have been MIA this past month for no other reason than just general malaise ... not ill, but certainly un-inspired, tired and grumpy. I'll blame it all on the bitter cold, too much snow and the fight my body was in against a drug it did not like ! All my lymph glands were on high alert after the introduction of a 'biologic' for my RA ... I reacted quickly and quit almost as quickly ... but the drug was in my system and I have fought it off for the last 2 months. 
Feeling so much better now. Back to the old standby for relieving my RA aches & pains.

I finally got my 'call' to join a bariatric program ... start in July ! This program will help me lose excess weight and re-program my brain and my current eating habits ... plus I will have a large support system with a doc., dietician, social worker and 20+ buddies who will be trying to lose stubborn weight and learn better eating habits. The program is 24 weeks long !
This can lead to surgery, but that is not my plan ... I eat small as it is, just need to eat better. I'm a bread addict and fruits and vegetables turn me right off ... now I will learn that there is nothing better, right ? Should be interesting ! Exercise will be easier when the weight is off my poor joints and my new walking sticks will come into play.
I should take a before and after pic, lol ! 
I've been inspired, as well, by my daughter who started running a year ago January. She is 5'9" and has run off nearly 100 lbs after having 2 babies ... and she feels and looks great. 
I expect to be a bag of loose skin when I am done :(, but at my age I don't care about that anymore. I expect that I will have a hard time finding my tattoos ... just kidding !
Had a cartoon here but the link didn't work ;(

Some great news, too ! 
A friend has commissioned a threadpainting from me as a wedding gift that he plans to carry all the way to Germany in June ... can you see the big, ridiculously wide grin on my face ? Well, it's there and my smile muscles are getting achy ;) I will begin this project on Monday by hand-painting fabrics ... can hardly wait !

Feb 26, 2015

'Blown Away'

I am truly blown away !
Visiting a fellow blogger, Leah Hughes , yesterday  and found this on her blog ... had to share it with you ! .... if you haven't seen this already, please take a look!
I wish I was savvy enough to show you an image of this sculpture by Penny Hardy.

'Through Our Hands' Magazine; this months issue is full of interest, but the article I love the best is  Linda & Laura Kemshall's Soapbox~ deja vu.  Something to think about !

Feb 25, 2015

One More Kick At The Cat

Propped up against my shelving unit, 
'Sunset~Parry Sound~Killbear' 
is looking pretty good to me. 
I stretched it by myself, and the palm of my left hand is feeling abused still 
... hammering those staples home & stretching the canvas 
is no picnic for arthritic hands ;)
This photo isn't the best ... too pink in the sand (cheesecloth) area. Did I tell you that the background fabric was tea dyed ? looking a little greyer than it's actual warm beige.
Ontario, Canada has been under 30C for over a month !!!!  OOPs ... meant under 0C  !
Mama Nature ... we've had enough ! ! !

Feb 17, 2015

A Fabulous Week !

As some of you know, I house-sit for friends and look after their animals while they take well-deserved breaks and jaunt off to a warmer clime. 
I love doing this as it gives me a chance to get away from the busy house that is my home. 
I take minimal clothing but take lots of 'stuff/stash/projects' to do while I have the peace and quiet of an, otherwise, empty home. Once I have settled in and figured which to do first, I just lay it all out and get to work ... the dining table turns into a conveyor belt of activities. This past week, snow came often or the days were sunny and very bright. Colder than heck  but the sun warms up the space that I occupy and is just so conducive to working on my stuff.  
My charges, 3 cats, don't care what I do as long as I am available for a quick snuggle/rubdown, when it suits their fancy, or a meal... and a clean litter box. They don't even need to be walked ;)
So, I started with a sketch of a rose (one of my own photographs),
then free-handed a Zentangle Rose
It took the whole week to decide what patterns to use and then fill up the petals (I take my sweet time)
The back of 'Sunset, Parry Sound, Killbear' before the tree is added to the front
... the back always has its own special interest ... the stitches wouldn't pass muster at a quilt show ! ;) I was using a rayon thread to do the quilting part ... it kept breaking and was the right colour, so I continued for many days to cover the background 
Some hand-stitching to secure the paper pieces and to connect the water
on both pieces of brown paper.
Then some machine sewing in the ditches to secure the previously made tree (see 2 posts back) in place ... easy-peasy :)
Hanging from my ironing board today ... off to get a stretcher frame in a few days after my truck battery is deemed ok ... the freezing temps have played havoc with my little truck.
This finished canvas is slightly smaller than the original measurements due to shrinkage when 'quilting' the background, but I quilted beyond the basting line, to cover that little problem ... so finished piece will be 18" x 22"
Sunset, Parry Sound, Killbear
... couldn't change the direction of this photo ... it's upright in my 'Photos'  :(