Archive for the ‘Flowers’ category

Spring 2009

April 18, 2009

morel

Recently, I purchased a new camera; a Nikon D300. I hope I can rise to it’s potential. I’m reading David Busch’s Nikon D300 Guide to Digital SLR Photography. Literally started on page one and am pushing myself through it. Trouble is, I get out in the field photographing and remember that I’ve read what I’m supposed to do to change a setting, but can’t remember how! It will come.

So while out in the woods, yesterday, photographing wild flowers,I stumbled upon a morel mushroom. Fair size. Photographed it, picked it, soaked it over night in salt water (to get rid of all the little bitty bugs), and ate it for breakfast this morning. YUM!

Amaryllis Manipulated

March 9, 2009

Sometimes it’s a push to come up with something new for a blog post once a week. Thought I’d share the amaryllis image of last week, manipulated on Photoshop Elements, this week. ‘Twas fun.

amaryllis-manipulated

Time for Inspiration and Bragging

March 1, 2009

amaryllis1
Susan gave me three amaryllis bulbs for Christmas. They’ve been such a joy to watch as they opened. So far there have been a total of 20 blossoms and there are four more buds to go. Can anyone tell me how to save them for next year?

And while I’m bragging about such beautiful flowers, I have to brag about Mandy. She’s (I’ve) graduated from Obedience School. Here she is with her teacher, Tristan, and his three super, spectacular, well behaved dogs in our school at the Pet Warehouse. I encourage all dog owners to go to doggy school at least once to learn how to train your dog. I can’t tell you how much I didn’t know and how much I learned.

tristandogs

And here is Mandy’s Graduation Certificate.

mandys-certificate

Art from old and new

February 9, 2009

small-work-1A word about the about 6″ x 6″ – The “flowers” are petals cut from a macro shot of a gallardia daisy, printed on fabric. The weather has been so gorgeous the last few days, maybe I’m anxious for Spring. I sowed some poppy seeds and am going to try experimenting growing potatoes from seed. Plan to start them today.

small-work-2Another word about this one – All the black and white “moons” that I’ve been playing with are cut from an old dress that I loved and “out grew.” Such a sharp dress; always got lots of compliments when I wore it. Didn’t donate it to a thrift store because I couldn’t bear the thought of someone else wearing it.  (How egotistical is that??) So, I’ve cut it up, and now it’s  ART.

You Are Invited

October 26, 2008

It’s been a hectic week getting ready for my exhibit at the Southwest Bolivar University in Bolivar, MO. We will hang the show tomorrow and I’m almost ready!  Here’s your invitation. Hope you can come.

Workshops in Jacksonville

October 20, 2008

It’s been a lovely week among old friends in Jacksonville, FL. I taught two workshops; Fantasy Flowers to the Friendship Quilters Guild and Improvisational Piecing to the All Stars Quilt Guild, also in JAX. Following are pictures of the Fantasy Flower workshop. These people were so creative. They worked hard and came up with some great designs. Each very original and individualistic.

Betty Lu David seems pleased with her drawing.

Mary Jo is making a pattern from her drawing

And here are pictures of several of the others and how they progressed.

Aren’t they great? And that was just a sampling.

The second workshop was one day with All Stars Quilters Guild, learning Improvisational Piecing. And here are a few pics:

Vickie Zoller cutting her “strip” fabric.

Although these last pictures are of only one technique, we managed to work in a few more.

Both guilds were great to work with, plus I made new friends.


Forgot to Show You….

August 19, 2008

Forgot to show the latest flower when finished. For lack of a better name, it’s called “Red Lily.”

And the gardening apron is ready to quilt.

Apron Progress

August 16, 2008

A zillion flowers have been cut out from photos that I’ve taken. I need to print and cut about a zillion more. Another grandmother has been added, different kind of flowers, etc., etc., etc. I’ve printed on silk organze, and painted on silk organza. Back to the cutting board.

Apron Series

August 14, 2008

Several months ago I pictures two of four old, white aprons that I’ve either received as a gift or bought in a thrift store. I knew I wanted to mount them on a black background but just couldn’t get past that.  It came to me while walking the other morning, to make them a domestic icon/goddess series.  Here’s the first one relating to gardening.  These are pictures of my great grandmother, grandmother and believe it or not, the top one is me. They’re printed on silk organza. I think this is going to be fun!

National Small Art Quilts 2008

August 2, 2008

Orange Soverign  14″ x 17″

I just learned that I won an Honorable Mention in the National Small Art Quilts 2008 exhibit at Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY. Well, Hooray!