Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another piece of my granddog, Barley

Isn't this just the cutest pose of a sleeping pup?  I've used a photo taken by Barley's folks and manipulated in Photoshop Elements.  I am thinking of doing a bigger one.  This one is 10 x 8." 

I am in the process of finishing up another small piece of my mother when she was young and one of my son, Corey (Barley's dad).  I've used the same process as above.  I'm quite pleased with both and will upload the finished pieces when done.

I am madly working as I have the Isle of the Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on my own Amelia Island this weekend.  And I am also getting ready for a small group show at a local bank, which has a lovely venue to show off artwork.  I must be ready next week.  EEK!   Why, oh, why, did I do this to myself?

New Sea bird pieces

This is another pose of the Blue heron that visits the beach.

These are Royal Terns, very stately gulls, I believe.
Both these pieces are done using the same technique I did with the other gull and heron pieces.  I played in Photoshop Elements with my own images to come up with the pattern to applique.  Obviously, I'm enjoying myself.


These are my favorite monoprints I did the other day.  The last two I have been working on finishing them up as quilted wall hangings.  I'll get those images up when they are completed.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Laughing gull

How I love the sea gulls. This one is mounted on 20 x 24" stretcher bars. I played with an image in Photoshop Elements and created applique pieces from that. I sure enjoy the process - one that I've used in "The Ballerina",
Blue Heron, and Silent Charlie. I take the image, erase the background, go into filter and select artist:cutout and play with the numbers. I have a portrait of my son in the works - not too happy with the lips and eyes, so more work to see if I can fix the problem. If not, I'll start from scratch.

I've sent the weekend experimenting with gelatin monoprinting again. I am pleased with some of my results, others not so. But isn't that part of the learning curve!? I'll upload my favorites soon.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

More Spring Postcards

I couldn't stop creating the paper/fabric postcards and had to do one for myself. Fun for sure.
This card started with the large flower. My local "Itching to Stitch" group of mixed media fiber friends gather once a month. This past month, Jayne Gaskins at www.jaynegaskins.com, demonstrated her thread painting using an enhanced photo. Then she patiently helped us do our own. I attached a leaf printed leaf and the flower on a simply quilted postcard.
I've attached the 2 postcards using a ribbon and hung them by my front door where I change out the fiber art according to the season. Some holidays I've added postcards from my marvelously creative sister, Marlene.