Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Some small work

I created 11 note cards that feature sea turtles and my haiku.  They're for sale at the upcoming Shrimpfest and any left over will go to the Sea Turtle Show at First Street Gallery in Neptune Beach, Florida.

Awhile back I experimented using gel medium to transfer an image of baby Max to fabric.  I then did a little weaving.  I decided to make up a little quilted hanging.  Not too creative, but cute.  I have another one that I'm debating whether to quilt up the same.  Decisions, decisions.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Art Association Mosaic Project

My local Island Art Association has embarked on a mosaic project of decorating our new courtyard walls.  A group of member artists have begun.  I joined them for the fellowship along with the opportunity to learn something new - a tab different from fiber work yet similar.  The adding pieces and parts of ceramics, glass, tile is much like collaging bits and pieces of fabric.  I enjoyed it all - the laying of tile, etc. and the grouting.  The fellowship was the greatest!  No doubt about that.  The product is fantastic.  We tackled the inside walls to iron out the process, next the outside walls and the gallery building.  A great attraction to the gallery!

Latest Portrait Completed

I'm pretty pleased with this portrait of a friend of mine and his dog.  It's a commissioned piece.  I certainly struggled with this.  The first one did not turn out very well.  I think I didn't have a clear image to start with and my values of dyed fabric weren't distinctive enough.  So I went over to their abode and took dozens of photos myself.  I am not a photographer, but my camera has 10x.  At home, I played with a couple images in Photo Shop Elements and dyed some more fabric.  If the values of cloth and the image are good, the rest is fairly easy, though time consuming.  Through it all, I did enjoy the experience.  Working a commission is daunting at times.  I sometimes say I won't do them anymore but in the end I continue to offer the service.  Getting my art out there seems to be the driving force.   My "client" friends haven't seem it yet.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

                        "Inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing."

Having been bitten by the Zentangle craze, I just had to stitch up some Easter eggs to send to family and friends.  The first image is an example of the ones I stitched.  The second is what I drew on paper while I "taught" 3 classes of children at my local art association.  I shared with them images of eggs that were zentangled.  I showed some easy tangles, gave them some egg stencils and markers, and let them have at it.  Some just doodled away ever so quietly.  If you can imagine 6 preteens drawing away for an hour and not saying a word.  Incredible!  The classes of elementary children were fairly quiet as well.  I had little to do once these young artists got going, so I drew as well.  Fun!  Relaxing!  Meditative!

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Wish you all a pleasant Easter Day!  Celebrate Springtime!  The birds are singing, the flowers blooming and sending out beautiful fragrances, the sand warm to the toes,  kites flying.........  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Somerset Memories

Do check  out the new Somerset Memories.  Several members of the "Remains of the Day" scrappy fabric class taught online by Mary Ann Moss are featured in an article.  I am thrilled.  Heather Simpson-Bluhm gathered all the journals and submitted our work to Stampington.  Thank you, Mary Ann, for such a great class and thank you, Heather, for all the energy and work in submitting the journals. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Many Roads Traveled

"Many Roads Traveled" by Diane Hamburg, 22x28"  $305
"Many Roads Traveled" is completed.  Having manipulating a photo of my son's vehicles, I appliqued using my own hand-dyed fabric.  I decided to extensively machine quilt it.  I'm happy with the end product.  It goes off to the themed art exhibit "Traveled Roads" at my local Island Art Association.  As I think I've written earlier, every two months the association sponsors a juried themed show.  It's always interesting how the artists interpret the theme in so many different ways and medium.