Well, the festival is over for this year. It was quite fun with lots of artists in all mediums. The first day was quite ‘blustery” and we had to hold onto our hats (and tents!), the downside of outdoor festivals. The second day was awesome and beautiful. A columnist for the Evansville Courier, Sally Roth, had a column that came out in Sunday’s paper with a brief mention of the Arts In Harmony festival and a mention of my website and, in particular, a certain fiber piece of mine, called “Leaf”. It is from a photo of a geranium leaf in my back yard. She previewed my website and really loved this piece, then wrote about it in her column. She was at the fair, since she lives in New Harmony. Since I had prior notice that this column was coming out, I managed to have “Leaf” on hand, mounted and ready to hang…and Sally purchased it. There were several purchase awards given to other artists, but this was my “purchase award”!
Ahhh…..it feels good to be home and working in the, ahem, “studio” (aka the 9’x 9′ shrinking spare bedroom). The Arts In Harmony art festival is this coming weekend. I have been experimenting with some ideas, altering fabric, and going back to some pieces that have been started, but somewhere along the way I had gotten lost and did not finish it. First, the cloth, because it led to what I did with an unfinished piece.
I took this rather dark clean-the-brush-cloth….
….and turned it into this….
…took this fabric….
…and turned it into this.
See my new stamps in there?
I started this piece back in the winter (not so long ago). It is mostly painted dryer sheets, but there is some cheesecloth and scrim and painted fusible web in it too. I got to a place where I was not satisfied, but lost interest or got busy with other things. It needed more….more depth…more something.
Yesterday, I gave it a go using the same technique I did on the cloth. When you are a week away from a show, starting new work is not an option because of the time factor, but pulling out unfinished pieces and finishing them is! A show is a great motivator for getting stuff done.
I am much happier with it. I’m not sure it is done, but it sure is better!