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Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Walk in The Park

It was a beautiful autumn day, and the colours were glorious. I walked out the back garden gate, and turned left onto the walking path behind our house, to the park. These are the sights I saw along the way. The photos tell their story.

Up the hill to the walking path, and back home . I hope you enjoyed the walk in the park.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop (Late)

Barbara tagged me in the Around The World Blog Hop several weeks ago, but I was having technical difficulties with my ISP. I'm happy to say we've changed our internet provider, and I'm back up and posting again! Yay!
So, here's my ATWBH post:
1. What am I working on? 
I'm always working on several projects. That way, if I get tired or frustrated with one, I have a whole pile of other projects in various stages of completion that I can jump to........For over a year, I've been working on a wrapping cloth, formed from various found and new fabrics, and embellished with hand embroidery, laces, and needle tatting to create a new cloth.
Here's a photo of one of the finished pieces. (#5) I'm currently working on piece #12. I'm not sure just how many pieces I'll need to finish my wrapping cloth, or when that might happen. The joy, however, is in the creating.
I just completed a series of projects for StitchMAP's year-long HEX LABS challenge, designing, stitching, then writing(with assistance) the project instructions. I finished 4 projects, and had a lot of fun doing them.  
As well, I'm stitching one of the three HEX LABS projects released each month, and learning/improving my stitching skills. Shady Lady was completed for May. The current HEX I'm stitching is a turtle design.
In progress is a project about painting fabrics.
StitchMAP also has Fun Friday Tutorials  regularly, in which the members are challenged to create a project based on a chosen online tutorial.
The latest FFT was to create fabric boxes.
There is my purple Crazy Quilting project in the beginning stages, which may also incorporate the HEX LABS as a border.
I've been working on a project submission to the Embroidery Guild for an original design concept.
As well, a wedding piece is in progress for a couple who were married last summer. The stitching has just begun, so I hope to show photos of my progress soon.
I paint in oils, watercolours and acrylics. It's fun to show paintings in progress with step by step photos. Currently, I'm working on two watercolours: the Autumn Cabin and the Georgian Bay Beach.
Mixed media is fun to do, and I like to create cards and journal pages using lots of texture.  A recent purchase of a gelli plate means I have another fun tool to play with in creating original prints for cards and journal pages.

Tatting, knitting, and beading are other fun pursuits, and I've been teaching myself how to crochet, although I haven't made too much progress yet. ;-)
Writing stories and poetry are also ways in which I express myself, and I like to take photos of my surroundings. Those photos I've taken are often used as reference for my paintings.
 2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
I believe we each bring something original to our work. We each see differently. I am fascinated by that. When I attended a painting workshop, all the artists were asked to paint the still life on display. Although we all used the same medium, and we painted the same still life, each work was unique. How does that happen?
3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
Creating keeps me grounded. I think it's a wonderful way to express one's emotions and find that absorbing Flow. To me, creating is meditative, and when I'm in that zone, the world falls away with all its troubles and turmoils, and there is only the fabric, the canvas, the paint, the creation evolving. So, I like to visit that place often, and stay for long periods of time!  ;-)
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Music plays a role in my work process. I find it eases me into the state of Flow, where I am absorbed in creating. Sparks of ideas are ignited and I am oblivious to all but the paint brush, the paint, or the needle whispering through cloth. One idea leads to another or many.
I am influenced by the work of other artists in many mediums. Their creativity sparks my own, and I love to learn new techniques and explore different ways of doing. The desire to learn more and to improve my skills keeps me experimenting.
Nature has always played a role, too. Perhaps it's the grandeur of trees in the forest, the burbling flow of water, the sunlight on wildflowers that captures my imagination. The colours of the plants and wildlife entice me to replicate them in my art.
Walking in nature releases ideas I want to explore. Once I get my new knee, I'll be spending more time under the influence of the nature around me. 
I tried to find 3 people who wanted to participate in the blog hop, but those I approached had either already done so, or were not interested. Then, I had technical problems which made it difficult to contact people, so I stopped looking. If you'd like to participate in the blog hop, please leave me a message, and I'll send you the information.
Happy creating!
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Slump

Autumn has arrived, and the trees are changing colours.

I picked up the paint brushes to add a few more washes to the Autumn Cabin:
darkening the shadows
deepening the water reflections and adding more shore grasses
a little more mud added to the water

more layers are needed
I picked up the Georgian Bay painting and began adding some of the rocks and more glazes to parts of the water

Both paintings have been put away to dry.

There hasn't been a lot of time for stitching. I've been getting the garden beds prepared for winter, and setting up the tools in our shed.
The Embroidery Guild President assigned a summer stitching challenge to all members to choose a t-shirt from their closet to embroider. I had a summer shirt of a heavy cotton eyelet in a lime green. It was looking a little sad with several pulls and a small stain. Here is a photo showing my progress.
The button eye doesn't show up very well, so perhaps a larger one is needed. This centipede will have more legs and feet by the time it's finished.

We also received our pattern for  a Christmas Angel member exchange. Ah, buttonhole lace variation..........
I'm trying to decide what to use for the back, and plans are in the works for more angels from this pattern............

That's all for this week.

I'm having computer connection woes, so if I should disappear, you'll know why. :-(
Wishing you a creative week ahead.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz