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.
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|
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.