Friday, December 25, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Needles and Brushes

When I first started painting I was still an avid needlewoman - sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidering something or other all the time. So it was only natural that my pincushion came to be captured on paper in watercolors! It doesn't get much use these days but I still have a bag of knitting that I drag around everywhere, and I always stop to admire beautifully crafted and embroidered works of all kind. I also have closets full of materials, yarns and books on needle arts. Recently I purchased a book that combined my two interests: "In Praise of The Needlewoman, Embroiders, Knitters, Lacemakers and Weavers in Art" by Gail Carolyn Sirna. The book has in one place works of artists like Vermeer, Chardin, Velasquez, Monet, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Renoir, Dali and others who have 'sought to capture the needlewoman's quiet concentration and artistic endeavor.'

Here is a touching poem by Hazel Hall :
All the tired women
Who sewed their lives away,
speak in my deft fingers
As I sew today.
Handy Helpers watercolors, 15x15"

Monday, December 14, 2009

Paradise Again

Bird of Paradise, is painted in watercolor (9x12") on Fredrix Watercolor canvas. I first painted and exhibited it more than 2 years ago. The paint sits on canvas and the watercolor washes can be lifted very easily with a moist brush. Since I had not sealed the painting, the past few days I have been playing with it all over again, lifting and adding paints and making changes. When I started this post, I thought I was done with it, but who knows!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Gladiolus: Strength of Character

The past few times I was at a particular store, I have been tempted to buy a package or two of bulbs that promise beautiful crops of Gladioli in spring and summer. We planted them a few years ago, but the rabbits loved them so much and munched on the tender shoots that hardly a bloom got a chance to show off its beauty. I would like to try again but am not sure I care to supply those rabbits with expensive gourmet treats!!!

The bulb packages reminded me of the painting above that I did some time ago as a still life exercise that called for quick contour sketch with a pen and literally splashing some paint on. It was great way to just get down to draw and paint and leave hesitation and indecisiveness aside.

And below is a poem "Gladiolus: Strength of Character " by Emily Dickinson who as a gardener knew her flowers well.

We never know how high we are
until we are asked to rise
and then if are true to plan
our statures touch the skies --
The heroism we recite
would be a common thing
Did not ourselves the cubits warp
for fear to be king.
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