Monday, February 23, 2009

A Walk in the desert

Yesterday Jerry and I drove up towards Phoenix to meet Becky. We met her in Maricopa....just south of the city and drove about 25 miles to the Maricopa Wilderness. The Wilderness area is thousands of acres of land and is home to a section of the old Butterfield Trail

We were both happy and sad to find that the wilderness area is closed to all motorized vehicles/ Happy because in the past few years we have noted a huge increase in off road vehicle damage. And sad because we would not have enough time to hike, nor were we prepared to the areas we wanted to share with Becky

We did walk for a few miles....and saw a lot of beautiful scenery.

I could not resist in taking a photo of the old cactus ribs and spines....decaying with new life growing all in the same spot. If you click on the image at the right you will see tiney white and yellow flowers growing amoung the old cactus spines and skin.I continue to be fascinated with the shapes one finds in nature.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


I spent time yesterday updating my web site. I hope that it is more logical now. I have changed the "gallery" page to include all catagories of work...landscapes, statements, abstract, small works etc.
I also included 5 new poieces. Three in the small works section and two in the reflections series.
The Promise has been sent to the SAQA office for inclusion in our September, 2009 auction. The other two are for sale .

Take a on gallery and see the new work and let me know if the site works better!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Good images.

Good images are so important to getting in exhibitions. I know this, and yet I keep trying to take my own images.

Take for instance Reflections V at the left. I took this photo in my studio...knowing that the lighting was less than perfect. Given Michigan's gray winters it is no wonder the murky quality of this attempt.

Also I had to consider that this work is largely silk...which has such reflective qualities. I managed to ignore that fact as I tried to capture the textural quality of the work.

After studying the piece I concluded that I needed a professional who could shoot this work and perhaps bring out its best qualities

So I contacted Gregory Case...photographer extraordinaire!

and here are the results.

Greg did a wonderful job getting the color correct. down playing the reflections and emphasizing the over all design work.
The quilting lines and overlays are evident but do not overwhelm the work.
Lesson Learned! I can't do everything....I am an artist who works with fiber...not film or digital imagry.