Friday, April 29, 2011

Sculpture and Shadows

So, let's continue the ongoing saga of my wonderful trip to Rhode Island.
As I mentioned, on my day off from teaching art quilting and beading,
 I walked up to the RISD Museum of Art.
It was a fascinating day filled with so much beauty!
Today, I want to share with you some of the stone 
sculpture pieces in their collection.

The lovely color and luminous quality of marble always intrigues me.
Just think about this amazing feat, 
to make stone read as skin, hair, and flowing or textured fabric!

Subtractive type sculpture seems to me perfection in 3-Dimensional form. 
There isn't any room for... "oopppsss, I just chipped off too much"!
No whipping out the E 6000 glue to patch that mistake back on.

Truly amazing, don't you think?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Walking in Providence

On my day off from teaching, I walked up to the Museum of Art. 
 Along the way was an amazing national historic landmark building, the first Baptist church in America. 
 The Meeting House was completed in 1775 and 
was the largest building project in New England at that time. 
 The architecture is a blend of English Georgian and traditional New England meetinghouse style. 
 The 185 foot steeple has survived time and hurricanes. 
 I was drawn to the building's clean lines and interesting morning shadows.

Farther up the hill, I came across pattern, sunlight and shadow, 
and a young woman waiting for a bus.

I finally arrived at the museum's side entrance, where some student's bikes 
and a strong abstract graphic design captured my attention.

Later this week, I'll add images from inside the museum.

Friday, April 22, 2011

More from Providence

In the city of Providence, RI,
you've gotta love...

Crazy reflections,

Pedestrians and perfect patterns,

and young women wearing pink scarves!

Wishing you a happy weekend with family and friends.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Glimpses of Providence

From the plane, 
a billion glittering lights 
littered the ground.

Well, maybe that sounds a bit like a Thoreau-ish take on the scene, but littered or not, the night lights flying into Providence, RI were spectacular!  
An evening flight got even later due to plane delays, so my final arrival time was 1 am! 
 Luckily, I didn't start teaching at the Machine Quilters Exposition until the next afternoon. 
 And, what a fun time it was! 
 I want to thank all the wonderful ladies that attended my art quilt and beading classes!!!  Your enthusiasm was contagious.
So, it was a super week filled with a wonderful quilt and wearable show, vendors, and delicious food.  
In my time off, I took photos.... lots of them.

In the city, I am always struck by the geometry and abstract shapes that are everywhere I turn.  
These are a couple glimpses from within the convention center.

And looking out a convention center window.
More later, first I better finish unpacking!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Away From My Desk

I'm hanging with a different crowd these days - 
still out East teaching art quilt classes at MQX.

Catch you later!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's Perfect!

When you were a kid, did you ever go to the circus and see one of those cute VW bugs pull into the center ring -
 then, the next thing you knew, an inordinate number of clowns piled out of it?  
Well, The Abby Tote by V & Co is kind of like that.  It's very cute and can hold an inordinate amount of stuff.
 Besides that it's a super easy pattern to sew - all around goodness!

So, my Abby Bag is packed along with an enormous suitcase and
 I'm off to Rhode Island to teach at the Machine Quilters Exposition for a week.
I have a photo or two that are scheduled to magically post while I'm away.
 Hope you enjoy your week!

P.S. Yesterday, I contributed an essay to The Inspiration Studio titled, Gift Without a Bow.  
It's about the power of the gift of Art.
Please check it out!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Moment in Time

While sleuthing around the city of Milwaukee, I spied this interesting image. 
 It had all the qualities needed for good picture making - 
strong value contrasts, an interesting abstract composition, reflections,
 the juxtaposition of old and new architecture,
 and a great focal point -
 the window washing pair.
I studied the full range of gestures that were part of the washing and ladder moving,
looking for just the right moment......
the perfect instant.....
waiting to click!
In the end, patience and persistence rewarded me with a captured fleeting moment of time,
which is the wonder and beauty of photography.

ISO 100, 55mm, f/7.1, 1/100

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Bead

a sphere ~ a hole ~ a bead

so simple,

and yet,

combine hundreds....

it's complex.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Dreaming

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."  ~ Claude Monet

My summer flowers are on my mind -

their exuberant color,

sweet smell,


delicate form.

And that's no April Fool's joke!

Wishing you a happy weekend.