Saturday, October 29, 2022
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
My mother was a seamstress, so this one's for her. She lived and breathed everything having to do with needle, thread, and cloth. Her epithet should have definitely read, "I cannot count a day complete until needle, thread, and cloth meet..." But that's with one exception. She did not sew on Sunday, unless, as she sometimes said, "... the ox is in the ditch." Her mother had admonished her as a young girl for sewing on the Lord's Day by saying, "You'll be taking those stitches out with the end of your nose come judgement day."
This is my favorite drawing thus far. I dressed it up a bit with a piece of Deb Lactivia's hand dyed brocade for a collar and hair ribbon. (I don't recall Mom ever having worn such a ribbon in her hair, but I think she would have worn one well, for she was quite pretty.
I took up needle and thread a couple of days ago just to see if I could still do a little needle-turned applique, which I have always enjoyed doing. These little one-inch squares were a bit fussy to work with, but also fun as they reflected the colors going on outside the windows.
However, after having stitched for a couple of hours, I was ready to get back to some sketched and watered colored pages which has been such an enjoyable project. I can surely ditto Ann Wood's words here, "A large part of the value of this project has been getting somewhere I did not plan to go. That's the huge benefit of a daily art practice. Stuff turns up." It's the stuff that keeps turning up that I am enjoying so much.
A while back, friend Kathy sent me some of her exquisite eco-dyed papers. I am sure she would agree when she finished these that "Stuff turns up." I can't think of anything that says fall like these papers do. I love them.
This week marked my and Millie's 200th day walking anniversary. I am gaining on that 1,347 day record we had back before last winter's blizzard and sickness. I have actually been surprised this week at how pretty some of our fall colors are now following such a hot, dry summer. Hopefully this trend will continue right into November.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Rain this morning... after such a long time without this blessing. .4 of an inch.
The little flower garden has been stripped to the bare bones. A 48 inch border has been added along the fence. It has now been covered in landscaping fabric and straw. Seeds await next spring's planting.
It seems that the woods are becoming more colorful each day.
Pink along the trail... I have been missing the pink zinnias. I am calling the colored sketch below, "Klee and Me." I have been noticing that he often uses touches of pink in many of his paintings.