Here are two more rarely seen bird varieties... Both of these birds tend to be territorial and judgmental, and their voices are harsh. This is the Bronze Chested Fashion Hawk in its usual red carpet habitat.
And this is the Early Morning Grouch Bird.
Yet another piece by Wendy Toogood.
I think the use of ric-rack is very effective in her work. I need to dig out my collection of that stuff.
And a couple more flower pictures by me...both of which could use some ric-rack!
I'm still talking about Quilt Surface Design Symposium. Wendy Toogood is our excellent teacher for this week. She showed us about a dozen small works that she was inspired to do after she was given a box of shoulder pads.
Here are just two of them. And here is the latest in my continuing series of rarely seen bird varieties.... the Blue-eyed Shore Shadow.
Here is yet another sketch by Wendy Toogood. I love the intense stare that she is able to give to the character on the right with just thread and a few small bits of fabric! And here are two more sketches by me of thistles.
I used Solvy and some fabric and thread bits, along with a lot of machine stitching, to make the fabric for the flowers.
Here is another small piece by my Quilt Surface Design Teacher, Wendy Toogood. She does these quick fabric and thread sketches about herself and what is on her mind at that moment in time. I didn't ask her about this one specifically, but I'm guessing it had something to do with a trip to the dentist. It looks to have waves of pain and several hands involved around her head, as well as the word "dentist". (My first clue, lol.) I have been very inspired by these thread drawings! Here are two that I did about Bachelor Button flowers
...one a bit more graphic than the other.
Here is the next practice piece that I made in Wendy Toogood's class at QSDS using positive and negative shapes that were inspired by leaves. This piece is about 24 by 18 inches. And here is another bird I did when the class work began to feel like it wasn't going well. This variety of bird is called the Scarlet Leaf Counter. He is quite small...only an inch or so tall. But he is a very accurate counter.
This week I am taking a class from Wendy Toogood at QSDS. I would describe Wendy's large works as bold and graphic, and I would describe her small works as very detailed and complex. All of her work that she has shown the class has a personal element, and many of the small works are diary-like in their imagery. Here is a photo of one and a half of her small fabric pieces, and fifteen of the many artist trading cards that she has made:
Here are the first class practice pieces that I made exploring a repeating leaf shape, using positive and negative space.
And here is a quick piece I did when the leaves began to feel boring to me....a bit of classroom mis-behaving, I guess. This little bird seemed just a little too proud, so I put him into the Ego Snipe bird species, variety "Emerald".
I just finished a two day class with Fran Skiles at Quilt Surface Design Symposium. We worked with acrylic paint, gesso, gel medium, watercolor crayons on cotton and silk fabric. We also did some simple stamping and screen printing. It was great fun. I feel that I have added some new tools to my technique list. Here are some of the practice samples I did in this class:
And here is what you do when you run out of space on the design wall... art under foot!
Next Friday, June 22, there will be the silent auction of small art quilts at Quilt Surface Design Symposium to help fund the scholarship program. Some of the quilts can be seen here. I didn't get a photo sent in in time for the website, but here is the quilt I am donating for this event. It is called "Dream Birds in Moonlight"
Last Thursday evening we had the opening reception for Kansas Art Quilters newest traveling exhibit "Altered Views". It was a very pleasant event! The folks that manage the Irene B. French Gallery in Merriam are great!
Several summers now I have enjoyed watching the baby falcons via the Kodak Falconcam. This site has a lot of information about the 10 years that this falcon nest box has been in observation on a tower in Rochester, New York and also, of course, constantly changing pictures of those adorable flesh-eating baby falcons. Here is a picture of falcon mom and her four daughters taken May 31. Check out the current view from the Falconcam and see how much they have changed since then. Believe it or not, I have been doing some gardening lately and I have noticed that along with our usual cardinals, robins, sparrows and blue jays, this year we have catbirds, cowbirds and mockingbirds passing though our trees. Our neighbors have a family of bobcats in the back of their yard.... As far as I am concerned, the bobcats can help themselves to all of the mice, rabbits, skunks and squirrels they want, but leave the birds alone! (And yes, I am conflicted when I see the falcons eating other birds.)
I have not been able to get any fabulous art produced lately.... Instead, I have been marking time making nap quilts for a local HeadStart preschool class. Sometimes it is just fun to cut squares and sew them together into something useful. I have eight quilts done and hope to get at least a half dozen more made before I leave to attend Quilt Surface Design Symposium.
If you want to see art up close and personal, organize and hang a group show. If you want to make yourself feel important, start calling yourself a curator. I coordinate the exhibits for Kansas Art Quilters, which has turned out to be a group of very talented textile artists- many of whom do not live in Kansas. But I do, and maybe that is enough. Our next exhibit to open will be "Kansas Art Quilters: Altered Views" at the Irene B. French Art Gallery in Merriam, Kansas. I consider Merriam to be an inner-city suburb in the greater Kansas City area. The gallery's website doesn't seem to have photos up yet of the exhibit, even though I sent them in by the deadline earlier this month. (But it does still have photos of the show I had there last September with a photographer.) The slow addition to the website of the KAQ exhibit is the kind of thing that a curator gets blamed for that is really out of her/my control. But that is part of the job, as is obsessing about details like how to pack an exhibit to travel. I always start out thinking I'll get each piece packed in a consistent and well labeled manner. But as the chore rolls along, I generally begin to make exceptions, and no one packing container works for everything. And there is that procrastination problem I have, so sometimes I run out of time. Sometimes I am helped with this by late arriving artwork. This time, my printer stopped working, so the packing labels had to be hand written and, hopefully, temporary. But just look at the great stuff I got to see! And look here!
And here is how it looked as it headed to the car. Luckily, I was hand delivering the exhibit to this first gallery, so the boxes didn't need to seal up. I'll have to fix that later in this exhibit's two years on the road.