Thursday, September 22, 2016

Weather Grams to Celebrate Fall Equinox

Each season brings it own changes and blessings. Today to celebrate the Fall Equinox I hung the weather grams made by calligraphy friends. It's a seasonal ritual that makes me think of Mother Nature and all she gives to us - a time to be grateful.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Quilt Block for New Baby Blanket

The Portland Art Collective started a new project to stimulate member creativity. Each person gives participants supplies and directions for her individual project. Cynthia is having us make blocks for a quilt for her new grand baby. She gave us each a packet of fabric. I enjoyed working with these light, colorful scraps to make this block. We're all helping her to get the whole quilt made by October.



Monday, July 18, 2016

Painted Birdhouse for Portland Art Collective Exchange

For a couple of weeks, I've been painting this birdhouse. It started out as a Joann's find on sale. The leaves and bird on the front are painted, stamped metal 3-D pieces. I hope some bird will find it to be a lovely home.


"I want to paint the way a bird sings".  Monet

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Celebrating Summer Solstice with Weather Grams

Yesterday, I hung my weather grams in the lilac tree in the front yard. It's a wonderful ritual to share with my calligraphy friends. We've done this for five years now, four seasons a year. Each one is special and makes me think of the scribe who wrote it.



Thank you dear friends.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Immigration Activist Scribe

For our final class project, we became activist scribes. I chose immigration as my theme because I feel passionately about the subject and it's meaning to our country. My grandfather immigrated to the US from Sweden. My inspiration for the format of my artwork came from the Vision Quilt  about preventing gun violence. My focus combined Lady Liberty and the Virgin of Guadalupe to welcome immigrants to our shores and across our borders.



 The Neuland lettering of Emma Lazarus' poem is made of fabric.

Four quotes on immigration surround her.
Nihil humamum a me alienum puto.  Nothing human is alien to me. Terrence, Roman poet
This was the slogan of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1933-2003.

George Washington said, "I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted of mankind to whatever nation they belong."

"Remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionaries." Franklin D. Roosevelt


John F. Kennedy said, "Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of  American life."

The banner  promotes "A World Without Borders".

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mexico Travel Journal

Last weekend, I made a new travel journal for an upcoming trip to Mexico. The cover is created with fabric swatches ironed onto a fusible backing then Kantha stitched with similar-colored embroidery threads. Celeste Douville crocheted the blue flower. It's similar technique to the stitched journal that I made in January for my New Orleans vacation.


Each signature end is covered with some deli paper gelatin prints.  I like to paint a few journal pages in preparation for traveling.We're learning a variety of Neuland techniques in our calligraphy class this term. The lettering is walnut ink with watercolor plus inline Neuland letters.


Flow Magazine inspired the flower watercolor paintings.



Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spring Haiku


 
The temple bell stops
but I still hear the sound
coming out of the flowers
Basho