July 31st, 2011 § § permalink
Little Red Detail #1
Little Red Detail #2
Little Red Detail #3
Little Red Detail #4
She is finished! I believe I started July 12th and this piece is now done. It’s a ton of work but I’m really pleased with it. There are so many details I didn’t capture. I find it more satisfying to see it in person. I’ll be taking a hiatus for a bit. I’ll be doing some sketching, crafting, etc. The next piece is already planned and sketched out in my head.
July 26th, 2011 § § permalink
Little Red is underway. I am not done yet but I will post pictures once it is finished. It is looking great and exactly like I hoped it would. I will be taking a break after this piece is finished. I have been doing embroidery non-stop since January. After Little Red, I would have produced four complete pieces. My eyes, hands, and brain need a break. I am imposing a month or two hiatus when I’ll be working on sketching, doll clothing, plushie making, reading or just taking it easy. My next embroidery project will be Hansel and Gretel. By mid September, I need to get Little Red done as well as an illustration (if I’m lucky two pieces) into the fine art category.
On another note, I’ve just finished the Moirin Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey and it was compelling. I devoured each book as quick as I can. It was the first set of books I really, truly loved in a long time. I hope I can fall in love with another series or book again as much as I have with this one. I have a long reading list still. I think I will post recommendations of those I truly love on here.
July 21st, 2011 § § permalink
Jim Jackson's Monkey Sculpture
When I first moved to the country from the city, one of the events I looked forward to was the Norfolk County Fair. Robert would take me and we always love looking at the art. One of the artists catching my eye was Jim Jackson. He is a master of airbrushing and is also an accomplished sculptor. I’ve admired his work from afar and finally got a chance to meet him while he was doing a demonstration at the fairgrounds.
He is down to earth and extremely talented. He has such a skill for capturing wildlife. His transition to sculpting is natural. While at Lavenderfest, I found him carving into a very large, long log. He is working on a totem pole project. I approached him and was pleasantly surprised that he remembered me. I haven’t been active in the art scene in the area for a long time- especially in the last two years with having Natalie.
Jim Jackson and Natalie
It’s always wonderful to see an artist one admires. It made Lavenderfest extra special. Jim is an incredible local artist and I can’t wait to see how his project turns out. I’ll be on the lookout for his work again this year at the County Fair.
July 20th, 2011 § § permalink
April Maxwell is one of the talented artisans I’ve had the pleasure to meet at Lavenderfest. She is a local and also teaches pottery.
I love the natural palette in her work and the glazes she uses. There is a rustic quality in her pieces. The patterns she uses and the imprints are stunning. She experiments with textures but the resulting aesthetic is always organic. Her pottery reflects the natural beauty found in Norfolk County. I fell in love with the frosty leaf plate in the last pic. I wish I had a china cabinet to showcase it for I would have taken it home. Next year, when I attend Lavenderfest, I hope to!
Maxwell Manor Pottery
59 Concession 12
RR#3 Waterford, ON
July 19th, 2011 § § permalink
Quilt Junction Display at the Lavenderfest
There is a beautiful old train station in Waterford built in the 1800s. When I moved to Waterford, I checked it out and found it was converted to a quilt shop. Last year, the original owner sold Quilt Junction to a wonderful, passionate lady named Lana. I was ecstatic the store was staying. This is the place I raided for luscious cotton fabrics and prints. Lana’s eye for fabrics is wonderful. I am always awed by the fabric selection and I continue to buy fat quarters for my embroidery projects. There are varied palettes ranging from civil war prints, batiks, and yes, I spotted cupcakes as well! Now you know where I get the beautiful prints.
At Lavenderfest, I was able to see Lana again. She is one of the artisan vendors. Her display showcased stunning quilts from her students. Quilting is one of those pursuits I always admired. I hope to get into it one day and make a hand-stitched quilt. I hope to make this a reality for next year. Quilt Junction draws in many quilters from the area and beyond. Classes are also offered for quilters as well as mini projects like making a purse/bag in an afternoon. For me, it’s a source of inspiration. I am very picky about choosing my fabrics for my projects and I often allow the fabric to tell me what the subject will be. I am just lucky and thankful a great place like Quilt Junction exists it is in my own corner of the universe. As Lana can attest, I always leave with at least two fat quarters per visit.
The Quilt Junction
July 18th, 2011 § § permalink
Bonnieheath Lavender Farm
I visited Bonnieheath Lavender Farms with the family on a hot Sunday afternoon and the smell of the lavender sent me into a state of contentment. I adore the scent of lavender. This was my chance to see where the lavender grows. They have many different breeds here. I’ve driven by Bonnieheath before they expanded. I believe it was a year ago when I picked up two bundles of dried lavender on a roadside stand near the end of summer.
Lavenderfest is a small event with music, artisans, bbq, wine-tasting, and a tractor ride. I hope it’ll expand in the coming years. I will definitely be attending next year. I also love that it’s held in Waterford where I live.
The artisans were in the barn. I will be doing three artisan features in the upcoming blogs. The farm’s shop had wonderful products. I took home some lavender sugar and some lavender jelly to satisfy the cravings of a dear friend. They had sachets, bath products, herbs du provence, and even lavender shortbread!
There is a gazebo outside which had live musicians and there was a tractor ride running hourly. Under the gazebo away from the scorching sun, there was a cool, gusting breeze and you can sit and admire the gorgeous setting. I’ve lived in Norfolk County for almost six years now and I am always blown away by how beautiful it is out here.
Even more lavender!
I wish the weather was nicer then I could have stayed for longer. I would just love to sip a refreshing drink and soak in the view. Poor Natalie was getting too hot though so we had to head home and the oppressive heat caused us to wilt. I love how intimate it was and how I know it’ll grow in the coming years. Lavenderfest is a wonderful local event and the setting is amazing. If you love lavender as much as I do, you have to check it out.
Bonnieheath Lavender Farm
I had to leave just one more picture. It was really beautiful out there.
Bonnieheath Lavender Farm
July 14th, 2011 § § permalink
Flowers from Julius' Garden
Due to the Canada Post strike, I’m still missing items in the mail. One of these are the joints I bought for my plushies project. I’m in no rush since my plate is full. I’m still working on Little Red. I’ll be doing my birthday present project for a friend afterwards. However, I am at a loss to what I should be doing embroidery wise after Little Red. I keep going back to Snow Queen but I just finished a frosty like palette with Little Mermaid. 12 Dancing Princesses also come into mind as well as Allerleiruah. Choices, choices…
What I do know is that this weekend I’ll be heading to Bonnie Heath Lavender Farms. They have a Lavenderfest and I’m hoping to bring the baby and my parents. I’m looking forward to snagging some lavender sugar, lavender jellies, and other stuff. It should be fun to see Natalie run around the lavender fields. I hope to take a bunch of pictures. The setting should be perfect! I hope it won’t be too hot. It’s been way too humid and hot around here for a while.
Back to embroidery, nine more teeth to go before I can put always these pearly white beads.
July 12th, 2011 § § permalink
Little Red WIP#1
This is the wip! I hope to get the white beading done on the teeth, Little Red’s cloak, and the trees. The brown foreground will be accented with embroidery.
July 10th, 2011 § § permalink
I’ve asked my artist friends and those who have gone to art school about self-promotion and art. How do you get yourself out there? How do modern illustrators get to where they are? How much of the success is attributed to networking, constant self-promotion, viral friend promotion, blogs, or is it just plain kismet?
The “overnight sensation” is a constant myth propagated by media but is there even any truth to it? Rebecca Black of Friday fame was shown on Tosh.O and her Youtube video spiralled into notoriety. Seems like it was overnight and it exploded like a firework. Instant fame, glory, talk shows then wham! Gone. No one wants to be the one-hit wonder. Lasting success is made of hard work, talent, and perseverance.
My husband tells me that all I need to do is keep producing work and keep entering in the County Fair for local exposure. I joined crafter.org to get myself out there and I’ve also joined some Flickr groups centered on embroidery. I don’t know how many people actually read my blog. I check my Google Analytics stats and see a few constant followers.
Time and again I go back to: “If you build it, they will come.” — Field of Dreams
I can’t get too caught up in self-promotion and lose track of my main goal which is to produce art. I hope that if I continue producing work, people will come and check this blog and my art. It took me 31 years to realize the simple truth that producing art makes me happy and this is what I am meant to do. I am an artist. I began drawing on walls when I was young. Art has always been there for me and even when I got distracted, I keep going back to my first love.
If you have been reading faithfully and watching me grow as an artist, I thank you. I won’t disappoint. I will continue to do what I can. Speaking of which, Little Red is underway and afterwards, I have a little side project on tap. The side project will give me time to think on what to work on after Little Red. I have a ton of options and ideas to choose from.
July 5th, 2011 § § permalink
Rococo Cinderella Detail
She is done! I was thinking of embroidering the background or adding more but I really love how beautiful the fabric’s print is. I am going to start prepping a new large hoop for Little Red tonight and get started on that. I don’t think I can part with this piece. I really love it and how it turned out. More pics to come when she’s framed.
I’ve learned so much about beading in doing this. I’ll be entering this piece at the County Fair. I just don’t know for what category yet.