Monday, October 31, 2005

EERIE or What?

Want to see something eerie? I saw this on Deb Richardson’s blog and took the color quiz for myself. And this is the results:

you are pale turquoise#AFEEEE
Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.Your saturation level is low - You stay out of stressful situations and advise others to do the same. You may not be the go-to person when something really needs done, but you know never to blow things out of proportion.Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

These colors and description ring pretty much true and to prove a point I decided to play around in Paint Shop Pro. I did not choose any of the colors in these; I just did a little bit of manipulation with the filters.






















#1 #2

Notice the turquoise, blue and green. The computer chose those colors, not me.

Here are two more:




















#3 #4

And another pair:





















#5 #6

And this one is a computer generated collage. Once again the compute picked the colors, not me.



















#7

The yellow is supposed to by my dominant lifecolor with (logical) tan and blue following. This came from Pamala Oslie (http://www.auracolors.com/).

Kind of eerie huh? Which one do you prefer?

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Colors of Fall

The sun came out for a short time this afternoon. This is the view from the window in front of my sewing machine:


The angle’s a little different here, but not much:


And here’s a little closer look at the distant trees:


Still a lot of green showing, but the trees are slowly changing.

This is a small dogwood at the back of the property. This is the way it looked last week:


All of the leaves have now fallen off of it.

Here’s is one more picture of fall colors from the garden:

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What I've Been Doing

A short while ago I was complaining about experiencing a creative block and was frustrated because nothing was working for me. Since nothing new was working for me I decided to pull out a project I started back on February 20th, 2005. I don’t normally do these types of quilts because I don’t particularly like doing a lot of appliqué or care for doing something this large, but after seeing the pattern several years ago in a catalog I thought “what the heck, DH would like it” so I ordered it and collected fabric for it over about a years time. I worked on it until April 1st. Then I decided I needed some more fabric colors for some of the blocks and also I was getting to one of the more complicated blocks to appliqué, so I took the blocks down off the design wall and laid them aside to start another project.















I had most of this done when I stopped working on it. The last couple of days I have managed to sew on the inner border pieces and the outer border pieces that you see and then sew the first two blocks together.

But wouldn’t you know it not long after I got all of this back up on the design wall I got a couple of ideas. To get me back creating I made these ATC’s:
























































And I am also working on something else. It’s sort of an experiment. We’ll see how that goes. It feels good to be creating again, even if it is just small pieces.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Messy Art Room

On October 20th, Julaine (www.julaine.blogspot.com) issued a challenge to the Artful Quilters Web Ring to post pictures of our untidy studios. But of course, that’s not the entire challenge. The second part is to see if we can tidy up by the end of November.

Here is what my room looked like a few days ago:













My work counter is entirely covered. When I remove the books that are spread out I will have about two square feet to work on until I clean off some of the other mess that is there, which is not going to happen for some time because some of the fabrics that are laying there are what I need for a piece that I started back late last winter and then put it away to work on other projects.














There’s my sewing machine with clutter all around it.



















This is where the UFO’s hang out.














You can see part of my design wall here. I am auditioning some fabrics for a possible future piece. Hanging on the back of the door is a shoe holder filled with rubber stamps, molds, texture mats, air dry clay, etc.











I need to move some of this mess in order to get into the closet.

I don’t intend to get this totally straightened, but I would like to make an attempt at it.
(Yeah right!).

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Silently Screaming

I took this little test a while back:

You Are 55% Left Brained, 45% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.


To give you some background I am both left and right handed. By that I mean that I write and eat using my left hand but I am right handed when it comes to things like hand sewing, swinging a bat (it’s been quite some time since I’ve done that), hammering and pretty much anything else. I can use either hand when it comes to painting, but it pretty much depends on what kind of painting I am doing as to which hand I use.

Now let’s see, the test says I am Left Brained and good at communication (this is so not true. I have trouble making small talk with people. It also says I’m likely to be good at math (pretty good, but I don’t mean algebra or calculus) and logic (not always so logical). I do prefer dogs (although I don’t have one right now). I like to read but hardly ever read a book any more. I do like the quiet (very much so at times).

Since according to the test I am not predominantly Right Brained (however I do day dream and I can be pretty flexible when need be), I guess that is why I am having the trouble that I am (meaning I am not as creative as I would like to think I am).


Now here is why I am silently screaming. Nothing is working. The old creative block is setting in. I truly suffer with the Right Brain/Left Brain/No Brain syndrome.


I have been struggling with a piece for a few weeks now. When I first started on it I thought my concept was pretty good. The farther along I went with it the more I have struggled. Now this piece was just supposed to be sort of whimsical and so I really don’t understand why I can’t make it work; but for some reason I am just not liking it. So I decided to lay it aside for now (in fact I buried under some other things) and move on to something else.

But the something else ain’t happening. I’ve tried to do a few small sketches, and I’ve looked through some of my books for inspiration. I thought I had a couple of ideas but when I tried to go with these, something just keeps saying this ain’t gonna work for you.

I am soooo frustrated right now.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Good Weekend and the Moon

Over the weekend I attended a meeting of a fairly new art quilt group and I got to meet our very own Karoda from Seamless Skin. She is the one who told me about the group and invited me to come. After a short time for eating and chatting and taking care of the necessary business came Show and Tell. It was wonderful to see every ones work and hear about the process of making the pieces. I especially liked being able to see Karoda’s pieces. I took several small pieces and received some nice compliments. I hope to attend their next meeting.

Here are a couple of the pieces I showed.

This one is from a few years ago. It is from an online class that I took.


















Under the Sea I

I made this one this year from another online class.















In The Forest

On another note, I took these Sunday night even though tonight is the official night of the full moon.

They were taken over a period of about 5 or 6 minutes.














By the time I thought to take some tonight it was really cloudy and kind of windy, but thought these were kind of neat.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Pictures, Pictures and more Pictures

Remember the ATC book cover from a few weeks ago? The one I made too small for the binder. I did make another one. This one is not made from fabric but from tyvek. I sponged painted the light blue green color first; then I sponged on the darker green. After that I stamped all over with gold paint using a large background stamp that I have. It is kind of hard to tell in the picture.





















I tore the edges of a piece of gold tissue paper and a piece of mulberry paper and glued them to the cover. The darker center is a piece of textured wallpaper that I sponged the same as the cover; then highlighted it with an 18k Gold Krylon pen. I added the gold eyelets to this and then glued it on. The buttons where painted gold before being glued on.

Next I painted a shipping tag and then stamped the words onto it. I added some fibers to the tag and attached the tag to the cover with gold brads. I cut the prongs off of the brass key hole, placed a piece of black felt in the back of it and glued it on.
















I also have 3 more ATC’s from the WILD Flower series. Here they are:









WILD Flowers 4


















WILD Flowers 5


















WILD Flowers 6










And finally, I had some time last week to paint a couple of pieces of fabric. These are fat quarter size.








I started with a piece of PFD and laid it on a piece of plastic. I then sprayed it with water getting it good and damp. Then I spread the paints on with a wet bristle brush. I was not real happy with the areas where I had painted green so I went back over it with the blue to soften it up. I really didn’t have any idea of what I wanted from this piece when I did it. I will probably just cut it into smaller pieces.

This next piece also is PFD fabric. I stretched it on a frame and dampened it before painting. I started with chartreuse and pretty much got it all blended together. Then I stroked on the green letting it blend more in some places than others. The sky portion was sprayed on (hence the splatters).




This is going to be the background for a small wall hanging that I am working on. So stay tuned and there will be more pictures to come hopefully…..

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Went to Art Show

We went to the St. James Court Art Show in Louisville, Kentucky this past Friday. It is a three day event held the first weekend in October. It was the 49th year for this show. It has been named the best fine art and design show in the country for the second year in a row by Sunshine Artist, America’s premier show and festival magazine. More than 700 artists representing 40 states and Canada were showcased. It is held in historic old Louisville where there are many wonderful Victorian homes. It covers several square blocks with the St. James Fountain smack in the middle.

I am originally from Louisville and I have been going to this particular art show for a number of years now. What used to be about a 20 minute drive is now closer to an hour and if you get there too late you may have trouble finding a place to park. We have always had to park a good number of blocks away and then walk to the show. I did not make any purchases this time, but have purchased in the past. We just enjoy getting out and walking around and looking at everything including the wonderful houses there. I think DH goes more for the beer than anything else; however, there are certain exhibits that he likes to check out.

This is this years Art Show poster designed by Katie Byrley Woodring, who happens to live on St. James Court.