Friday, February 18, 2011

Tree Garden

Hi All! This is the second piece that I submitted to the Garden Show at Valley Artisans Market. I thought today was the perfect day to post it as we had an absolutely lovely spring day amidst many cold days which will resume tomorrow. I spent much of my day embroidering today and should have some new photos soon.

It's been a busy few days embroidering as I have a couple of shows and some new opportunities to show my work so busy as a bee. I did take a break yesterday and went with my friend Cheryl to Desolation Road a lovely gallery in Altamont NY Cheryl has her work there and the owner Jim has voiced his interest in some of my new art hearts(pictures coming). We also went to see Elissa Halloran a very talented jewelry artist who owns her own shop in Albany and then just for fun we went to a couple of other galleries and had lunch at Creo a wonderful restaurant in Albany which was packed to the gills which is always a good sign.

It was a very inspiring day and will hopefully keep my embroidery moving right along. Something about seeing things made by the hands of real people makes my heart sing. I think that artists and their handiwork are a wonderful part of a hopefully recovering economy. I suppose my love of things made by hand comes from my parents and my grandmother. My mother was a painter, my father a carpenter, and my grandmother taught me how to do needlearts. There was the smell of fresh cut wood and paint and the joy of a new ball of wool or a new technique or my personal favorite embroidery floss. Even today nothing quite makes a bad mood go away like a few dollars worth of embroidery floss(so much bang for the buck and so many beautiful colors).

Well back to work so I'll have to wax nostalgic about embroidery floss some other day. Please feel free to share your hand made memories and keep stitching.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Garden Goddess

Hi All! I hope this post finds everyone well and safe and warm. This piece is called Garden Goddess and it is one of the pieces I had in the Garden show at Valley Artisans Market recently. I thought on this totally frigid day on one of only a few days without snow it would keep the mood of warm sunlight on a frigid day going.

It's been a pretty cold and snowy 2011. Not quite as much snow as elsewhere in New York State but a couple of inches here and a couple of inches there just about twice a week has left mounds and mounds of snow which will hopefully melt before June. Today was one of those lovely bright sunshiney days when even 9 degrees doesn't feel like 9 degrees.

I went up to Glens Falls with my friend Cheryl who has a few of her beautiful glass pieces in Gallery 99 bringing art to the community for under $99 over this coming weekend. Her work is beautiful and so is the work of all the other artists who are participating. The sun was shining and it made for a lovely walk around Glens Falls and we had a wonderfully delicious lunch at a lovely little gourmet eatery. Glens Falls is a lovely artistic location and perhaps next year I will submit a few pieces of my own. I love living where I live as there are so many outlets for an artist and so many incredible artists whose work I admire.

It was really a wonderful day and a break from my embroidery. I'm working on a piece at the moment which isn't really like anything else I've ever done and enjoying it. One good thing about all this wintery weather is I am embroidering a lot which makes me very happy and warm. I've really found my focus and find joy in my work that makes me want to get out of my comfort zone in both my work and the outlets for my work to be seen.

So all in all, it was a very fine sunny day. I hope my Garden Goddess makes you think of how soon we will all be in the garden(some of us sooner then others). Until then I hope to have more flowery, sunny designs to share along with some others. Have a great day.