Friday, February 17, 2017

A Year's Reflection ~ 2016

I do not usually do much reflection about a passing year or set goals for the year.  Last year was different, to motivate myself,  I set a goal to show more of my work in 2016.  With that in mind, it is time to look back and see what became of the auspicious plan.  I was able to show pieces in Washington, Oregon, Texas and Nevada.  Here is a brief synopsis of the year. 

1. Enso 2, Texas Quilt Museum, SAQA, On the Fringe regional juried group show.
Constructed from hand dyed fabrics, eco printed cottons and silks, painted, machine and hand stitched.
Enso 2
Enso 2 - detail

 Enso 2, will show again at the Harrington Gallery in northern California, March 2017.  Then it goes into a private collection.

2. Oysterville, Washington ~ Then and Now, Visions Gallery, Chandler, Arizona. Art Quilt XX juried selected exhibition and Northwest Quilting Expo, Portland Oregon.
Constructed using cotton fabrics, painted, hand stitched and embellished.   Barn painted and stitched, then appliqued onto the map. Artist's rendition of overhead map of the Wallapa Bay in Washington state.  Resides in a private collection.
Machine piecing and layering of Oysterville map

Bard-Heim Barn, originally on site in Oysterville
Oysterville, Washington

3. Moon Over Bourbon Street, Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival, La Conner Washington. Juried show, winning second place Fiber Art Created Textile category.
Constructed with photoshop created print on cotton, free motion machine stitched, and oil painted.

Moon Over Bourbon Street
Moon Over, detail

4. Enso One, Las Vegas City Hall, juried program for the arts (2015-2016).
Constructed using commercial fabrics, machine appliqued and long arm quilted by professional and good friend, Linda Natale.
Enso One
Stitch detail

5. Dead Horse Canyon, Desert Quilters of Nevada, First Place in Art Quilts, Place category.
Constructed with photoshop digital photo transfer on to canvas, ink penning, oil paint, hand made copper and brass embellishments, free motion machine stitched.
Dead Horse Canyon ~ construction
Dead Horse image

Hand crafted embellishment, from drawing to fabrication

6. Shelia, Visions Gallery, Chandler, Arizona. Juried selected exhibition.
Constructed using twice printed cotton for lizard, hand embroidery on boarders, free motion quilted, machine pieced and appliqued.

7. Spiral, SAQA, Traveling Show
Constructed using original drawing on paper with ink and pen, photoshop rendered, transferred onto cotton, inked to bring up color, machine free motion stitched.
Spiral detail of stitch

Spiral, Original pen and ink on paper work enhanced in Photoshop

Well that is my year in review.   All of these pieces have been featured in previous blog posts.  Check around in old posts if you'd like more details. I hoped you enjoyed the year in review pieces as much as I enjoyed the creative processes shown.  This year I plan to go bigger and hopefully better.

Follow your dreams; they will take you to places unexpected.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

More Street Art and City Photos of Lisbon

Of all the photos taken the ones most commented upon were those of the Street Art we happened upon in Lisbon.  The cityhas embraced the work of street artists local and international. The Portuguese capital is now known as one of the cities in the world with the best street art.  Here I present more of the art we happened upon during our daily rambles through the city.  Lost was often the best way to discover the best art.

Trolley Tracts w Street Art


Trolley Detail

Street Art Detail
Love Street Art
Street Art

Art in Front of Pharmacia

Local Doorway

Street Art ~ Mouraia

What I loved about Lisbon was the street art, the light and the architecture. The city is know for it's seven hills.  It seemed that everywhere we went an other view came into view.  We took the tram one afternoon to the end the the line which dropped us off at a hillside cemetery.  From there we walked through residential neighborhoods and parks.  Throughout the city central squares, large and small, provided places for people to gather.  Hole in the wall cafes were around every corner. Simple but fresh daily entries were available as well as coffees and pastries.

View to River
Typical Street
City of Seven Hills

Convent Roof Collapse after Earthquake

City View
Night in Lisbon
Street View

Ever Changing Street Art
Roof Top from Below
Roof Tops from Above
Cemetery Street
Inside a Crypt

Cemetery Cats

Fountain in Park
Restaurant Fare

Cobble Stones with Designs

 I would like to return to Lisbon to take in more of the sights and the air and the light and the food and the people.