Have you ever seen a bird flying after a particularly elusive insect? They dart, intent, focused solely on something that is invisible to me. The focus, intensity and choreography are obviously aimed at a practical result but seem so mysterious. It's what I hope a viewer sees here, there isn't any practical intent of any kind intended, just the baffling arrangement is left.
Some older postcard-size art. I can't remember whether I put this in before or not but since the blog is going on 2 years old, things are becoming murky in regards to previous entries. There are 4-8 of these and they are some of my favorites. The negative space is more important here, every once in awhile I have to start playing with spaces, and afterall, that's where birds belong.
Another altered history. Sometimes there is more to say about these but today I'm stumped outside of Caesar tickling the llama's nose.
But in response to Brenda's comment about "mor beef": putting ads into this pastiche of masculine glory is a cheeky way of commenting on Western progress and on the earnestness of old history books. My teachers aren't going to be happy with me.
Number 2 in what may be 5 or 6 variations on a theme. I took a shot of this one before it was finished and posted it earlier. I should really write down what these bring to mind as I work on them, but I'm too busy stitching. The next one will have black threads too.
This is an older piece, a small fiber "book", well, I call it a book but it only has the cover (this shot) and the inside (the next shot). It stands up like a card would, the red stripe down the middle is the binding. The face on the cover is a stamp I carved of myself in the 5th grade, glasses, attitude and all. The appendages sticking out of the sides and the top are sort of snakey, tendrilly things, I just liked the way they seem to beckon me in.
This is my little book's content, a cowboy and an admonition. I always thought I'd like to be a cowboy and had an antique stamp, so he ended up as the dream content. The rest of the story is long and involves a co-worker who had a dream about me and in her dream, I was crying. As she told me about her dream, she became more and more concerned about me, as if her dream was my reality and not hers. When I made this, it was a belated comment about that event. Some sticky situations between people have no suitable or appropriate solutions so it's good to be able to work that out in art.
Can't help myself, I am in love with poppies. The giant fuzzy orange variety are gone by June but by then the annuals are up delicately nodding in June breezes (June breezes are the best part of the month along with the occasional thunderstorm). So of course I have pictures:
These are (really) Shirley poppies. My border gardens are a lot like a jungle so you can also see lemon lily and the butterfly bush. Later this summer the butterflies will hang out here and feast on the small purple flowers. I've attempted a color scheme of purple and pink but that has to wait for later too since I can't give up on the poppy reds.
A stray cosmos at far right.....
This variety only blooms for a day and then the petals fall, it's surrounded by rose campion (another cast iron flower variety that seeds itself).
A friend from 2008 Artfest sent me the seeds of this lilac poppy, it has leaves and a habit similar to the coral-colored ones.
And here is one of the stitched pieces in progress. I put all sizes of black thread in this one and added some color-pencil red because it needed that boost.
Gardens and stitching for one of the longest days of the year, it doesn't get any better than that.
An older card. The vertical lines towards the top are an old glove I tore apart, though most of my work is in paper, the fibers are never completely out of the picture. Towards the bottom you can just faintly see an antique check. I love the house shape even if it doesn't really resolve as a house, something about the point at the top.....
Still working on some collage with stitches, I planned on 1 a week and then life intervened. It should be ready soon for unveiling here.