Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Suffolk Sheep #1, painted

I have finished painting the first of the Suffolk Sheep. Tonight or tomorrow, I will try to get her stitched. I think she will look great with lots of texture in her wooly coat. I love how she looks against the bright blue background … like a clear June morning! On the photo, her face was a bit dark, so I lightened it up in Photoshop so I could see the details and paint it so that her face would be more expressive.

Here is the original photo. I think I took it in Cartmel, which is a village in the Lake District. 

“Rituals” exhibition featured on Bonnie McCaffery VidCast

The “Rituals” exhibition – which featured my piece “I See the Moon,” (left) is featured on Bonnie McCaffery’s latest VidCast. 
I was there last year in Houston when she shot it, and am featured – along with the Dinner at Eight Artists curators, Leslie Tucker Jenison and Jamie Fingal, and some of the other artists in the exhibition. It’s fun; take a look (you can even hear me singing!).

“I See the Moon” is home one more time before it leaves to be part of Karey Bresenhan’s collection. (Karey is founder of Quilts, Inc., and of International Quilt Festival and International Quilt Market. She is one of the most influential women in the world of quilts today.) 

I am overjoyed that she is purchasing it. I hadn’t planned to sell it, as it has deep personal meaning, but when she asked, I simply couldn’t say no, as it is such an honor to be part of her collection. I remember seeing her show some of the art quilts in her collection at a 2007 SAQA Convention. She has collected the work of some of the finest fiber artists in the world, and to be a part of that is simply a thrill. (Karey also owns my piece “Hope is the Thing.”)