Monday, 25 September 2017

Stacked Stones


Stones on cloth squares are piling up
patiently waiting to be assembled
meanwhile
beneath studio tables bits and pieces of other projects are 
wait patiently in their baskets.


Tracking or trekking across ocean smoothed stones


 Sometimes the fabric is everything.


A surprisingly creamy mustard stone
Don't often see those around here.


An astonishing heart of stone.
Special


Strange
Very strange


A simple linen smock on a burgundy red pebble.


Streaked by time.



Monday, 18 September 2017

Stitching Stones Under Clear September Skies


An indigo vat has been sitting in the garden
beneath pale indigo skies


Surprising....
....I'm not a lover of blue


Leftover from a navy blue uniform
and unhappy school days!
My, oh,  my,
that was well over fifty years ago!


So it really was time to give blue a try again!


My favourite dipping is mostly white
with thin blue streaks.
It could well end up being used.


Have to say I do like the pale indigo skies
of Summer.


The darker blues
will be harder for me to use
but rusty markings might help!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Shaped Through the Ages


A sone that fits neatly in my hand
a speckled lozenge


A tiny smooth apostrophe
Love the colour of this one
but I must have marked it with stitch at night
because only now I have noticed the brown speckles.
I had stitched in my outline of brown dots just to add a bit of interest.
I find the lighting changes in every room of the house
and the marks or shapes I see change in every type of light.


 A beautifully simple nearly perfect circle.



A slice of pie
Pumpkin pie perhaps


As I stitched my marks I realized
this shape was house shaped
Though I see the actual stone has a flatter roof
How the heck did I trace around that one?!
Must have changed the angle of the pencil
as I drew around it
or perhaps moved the stone in the process.
It is often hard to keep the stone still
because many are lumpy bumpy!


A melting snowball shape.
Funny what comes to mind.

My heart goes out to those in the Caribbean and Florida
who have been devastated by Hurricane Irma.
What a monster of a storm.


Saturday, 9 September 2017

When Things Slow Down


Things slow down and priorities change
when Brett and Amber come to town.
We enjoyed hiking my favourite trail along the Fundy Shore
but when the young ones intended hiking the really long trails
us old folk (and that includes the Rusty Pups!) stayed at home.


So that is why last week's stones got delayed....
....because of a happy visit.
This stone I like
It's happy
It makes me think of when the travelling fair came to town
when the boys were young.


This one also tickles my fancy
A sprinkling of stars


Love the stone
my interpretation....not so much!
Oh, well.
Sometimes one just can't do them justice.


Purple Haze


Circling
Embracing
Protecting


Time worn crevices.


Simplicity
so often the most beautiful.


As we hiked I spied some marks
which will surely find a place in a stitching one day.

Be safe

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

A Gathering of Stones


Grey is a favourite colour of mine these days.


Sometimes as I go through my scraps
one jumps out
asking to be used.
The markings on this scrap shouted out loud that they wanted to be used
despite it being the wrong colour!


This one makes me smile
Reminds me of my mother's old fashioned loaves of bread.
Hundreds of tiny French knots made with one strand of floss.


Really weird!


A moonless night pebble.


I nearly missed noticing this is heart shaped.


Perhaps my favourite this week.

This week I have to say my thoughts are with
all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey
rather than with insignificant gathering of pebbles.

May their recovery go quickly and smoothly.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A Sense of Place....Work by the Artist's Way Cooperative




Last Thursday we drove down to Yarmouth
and hung our second show at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch.
We called the show
A Sense of Place.
Each of us worked in our own way to that theme.


Grace Butland worked with fabrics dyed from foodstuffs in her kitchen.


For Nadine Belliveau it was scenes from her village that inspired.


Sherry Caldwell had been in France just before she
started working toward this show.


Diane Clapp found inspiration from her photos of sand cranes
and reflections in the lakes around here as well as lichens.
She also dyed three of her pieces naturally.


And this is a very yellow photo of my work
based on the rocks that form the foundation of the land around here.

We call ourselves the Artist's Way Cooperative.


Monday, 21 August 2017

Stone Pathways with only 4 1/2 Months to go


The delicate shading of this first stone is my favourite this week.

This year is flying by
only 100 more or less
stones to go until the end of the year.
I am by no means wishing away my life
but have needed to get organized and make sure
there are enough background squares to finish Stone Pathways!
So, that job is done
and now I can throw the leftovers into the dye pots!
One of the joys of Summer for me
is preparing my fabrics for Winter's stitchings.


A Plimsol line perhaps


Makes me think of circling the wagons.
Strange association, I know.


But there again perhaps I like this one too!


Crossing Pathways


Ah, but perhaps this one is my favourite!


Broken lines.

Have an inspiring week.