Saturday, December 2, 2023
Saturday, November 11, 2023
When I bought a tablecloth, with embroidered abstract kidney shapes and small x’s in the corners, on eBay, I saw it as the beginning of a visual story.
While I have series of kidney donation paintings, I decided to include X’s and Kidneys in my Loss series because my father and son lost kidney function which resulted in both of them having kidney transplants (many decades apart), and I donated my kidney indirectly to my son, so I “lost” a kidney but in a good way that was my choice.
X’s and Kidneys is a mixed media painting that measures 30.5" x 36". Monoprinted construction fence fabric with hand stamped x’s and machine stitching are surrounded by a section of a hand embroidered tablecloth.
Monday, November 6, 2023
I don’t usually have time or energy to do any artwork on a workday night but I worked from home today and not having a commute really helps save time and energy! I started sewing the gridded lines on the monoprinted construction fence fabric on the embroidery I purchased on eBay. Next up is stitching the grid of construction fence. I know I won’t have time to sew more after work this week but I will sew more next weekend because it’s a three day weekend!
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Documenting the number of steps I walked each day from January through October 2023. The black icons are under 10,000 steps and red are over. The green dots signify when I was healing from a foot injury and couldn’t walk for exercise. Between rain and general busyness I only walked 10,000 steps or more six times last month, though I did come close four times as the round icons show. I will try to walk more in November!
Saturday, October 28, 2023
As the sunshine moved across my work table, I finished hand stamping Xs on the monoprinted gridded construction fence fabric that’s on an embroidery I purchased on eBay, and will do smaller Xs in the empty squares hopefully tomorrow when it’s raining. I haven’t had much time to work on this piece but at least I know the direction I’m going and I’m excited about that. Some work is a struggle and some not. Thankfully this one is not. More soon.
Sunday, October 22, 2023
Saturday, October 14, 2023
I always try to see the bright side of life, even when it doesn’t feel bright. Setting boundaries has helped protect me from negativity, though maintaining boundaries can be very difficult. Healing from the difficult times happens over time.
I monoprinted a construction fence pattern over the stitched starburstlike shapes on an upcycled embroidery I bought on eBay. There are multiple layers of fabric paint on the both the front and back sides of the fabric, and some of the paint on the back side seeped through to the front. This was done intentionally. Following the grid of the fence pattern are machine sewn stitches. I also appliquéd hand stamped and painted circles in the spaces that did not have embroidery.
Brightness, Boundaries and Time is mixed media painting that measures 22" x 22".