Collecting Art

Next to making art, collecting art is something I do as often as my budget will allow. My collection is modest and well-loved. And I don’t have everything hung on walls all the time. I enjoy moving art into new locations, tucking a few away to find a new home in the future. Rotating art in my house usually coincides with fresh paint and moving furniture into new locations (my favorite way to transform my surroundings with minimal expense).

Accent walls in the entry, living and dining rooms were just given a coat of Tangerine Fizz and presented a great opportunity to look at my collection with a fresh eye.

Here is a new gallery wall of 9 foot-square art quilts I have collected. Click on image for a larger view.

Collection 1The artists who created these pieces are (top row, L – R) Karen Schulz, S.P.P. 10, 2012, Janice McKeehan, Elemental Surprise, 2011, Kathie Briggs, (middle row, L – R) Lisa Flowers Ross, Starry Forest, 2012, Nneka Kusema Gamble, Dove’s Paradise, 2012, Meta Heemskerk, From Rembrandt to Mondrian, 2013, (bottom row, L – R) Linda Cline, Succulent VI, 2009, Jeanne Marklin, Spring Moons, 2012, Leslie Carabas, 3M, 2009.

In addition to fiber art, these two watercolor paintings by Rita Sklar adorn our living room. Left: Brown Pelican is part of Rita’s Endangered Species series. Right: Pelicans in Flight, a Giclee print.

Collection 2My husband and I are birders and were delighted to discover Rita’s work in a local coffee shop. We have gifted each other with several of her works in the last decade.

I hope you also noticed the diminutive works on the mantel. Those are fabric postcards made by artist members of Postmark’d Art, a group that I have moderated since its formation in 2004. These particular postcards were inspired by van Gogh paintings. They deserve a closer look. Here is Sarah Ann Smith‘s take on Willows at Sunset

Sara Ann Smith, Willows at Sunset

and Debra Svedberg‘s homage to Les Alyscamps. Click on image for a larger view.

Debra Svedberg, Les Alyscamps 1888

Six postcards are propped up on a small easel and I rotate them often. You can see all of this incredible collection here and here.

When I moved 3M by Leslie Carabas to the living room I hung Breezy by Patricia Porter in its place.

Collection 3Leslie’s framed fabric postcard works very nicely with Pat’s colorful foot-square piece.

I’m done painting for now and thoroughly enjoying the new look in many rooms.



International Quilt Festival Houston, 2013

The plane ride to Houston was a bit rocky and I had a 2-hour layover in Albuquerque so I was glad to have Linda Lee Peterson’s latest page turner, The Devil’s Interval as my companion. If you enjoy murder mysteries and smart women with real flaws, this book should make its way to your must-read list.

I arrived in Houston in just enough time to empty my suit case and dash to the convention center for the Preview Night opening at 5:00 p.m. — one can manage a lot in the 2 hours before the exhibit is open to the public. My first stop was at the Studio Art Quilt Associates table to eye the foot-square quilts that were still available at their auction. To my amazement and delight, Meta Heemskerk’s Rembrandt to Mondrian was still available. I snatched it up. Meta is a mixed media artist who is completely driven and highly productive. She joined Postmark’d Art a couple of years ago so I can boast a growing collection of her fine work.

Meta Heemskerk, Rembrandt to MondrianI love the crisp, clean lines of this piece: the bold black lines that define shapes, the straight-line quilting that covers the entire work and the ‘license’ she took with the image (downloaded from NGA Images at the National Gallery for Art). I especially like the fact that she has combined a Dutch and American artist in the work and the maker and owner are Dutch and American. I think there was some Kismet working in my favor!

I dallied in the ‘Art: Whimsical’ area of the exhibit next. Four pieces stood out for me. According to artist Pauline Salzman, man’s best friend transcends all political parties. I think her Mt. Ruffmore supports that statement.

Pauline Salzman, Mt. RuffmoreI wish IQA would include the size of the pieces, but they don’t.

I laughed out loud when I stopped at David Charity’s Bit Map, inspired by his knowledge that Basenji dogs have a fetish for paper. Oh my!

David Charity, Bit Map Nemesis III: Elton is Cindy Henneke’s reflection on her garden and the havoc that local armadillos do to it. She shared that during construction, the floral fabric she used reminded her of you-know-who, hence the name.

Cindy Henneke, Nemisis III: Elton Kristen Bryson’s title simply says it all: Does He Make My Butt Look Big?

Kristen Bryson, Does it Make My Butt Look Big?And a detail. . .

Kristen Bryson, detailI will be sharing more wonderful art quilts, new friends and more this week. There’s bound to be something for everyone so stay tuned.

Galleribba Featured on Textile Artist

In mid 2012 I was invited by Meta Heemskerk of the Netherlands to join her new site, Galleribba, a site devoted to featuring small, affordable art works by new and established artists from around the world. This week Galleribba was featured in an article on Textile Artist.

Take a few minutes to read about Galleribba on Textile Artist, then view the site itself. You’ll understand why I’m honored to be a part of this group of international artists.

One Lovely Blog Award

I’m proud to share that I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award by Meta Heemskerk of the Netherlands. Meta is a no-holds-barred fiber artist who is constantly learning and growing. I envy her focus and volume of accomplishment. Find out what Meta is up to at Green In The Middle. I’m very pleased that Meta likes my blog. And I am grateful to all who read, comment, like and follow me.

In keeping with the spirit of the award, nominees are expected to

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link.

  2. Name 7 random things about yourself.

  3. Pass the recognition to blogs you enjoy and let them know.

Seven very random things about me:

  1. I attended 2 high schools in Germany before graduating in New Mexico.

  2. I’m a Jeopardy! addict.

  3. I have watched Julie & Julia more times than I care to confess.

  4. Ditto for You’ve Got Mail.

  5. I learned to swim in 1999. Okay, yes, I could tread water before, but that’s not swimming. Now that I can actually swim, I’m in the pool 3 times a week and I’m comfortably swimming 3/4 mile each time.

  6. Lemon is my favorite flavor. Hands down.

  7. After tasting a croissant from Poilâne Bakery in Paris (2010) I cannot bring myself to buy one locally. Another trip to Paris is a must.

Now to pass it on:

  1. Jenny Lyon

  2. Karen Davis

3. Jane Davila

  1. Karen Musgrave

5. Tina Dang

  1. Debra Svedberg

7. Pat Dicker

  1. Simon Sinek  His focus is business but his thoughts apply to life in general.

9. Jeanne Williamson

  1. Deidre Adams

  2. Original Art Studio

  3. Karen Stiehl Osborn

That’s enough reading material. Make it a great day!

Art for Sale

This headline has been true for a couple years now but I haven’t done much in the way of marketing my work. This week I decided to update my Art Quilt Gallery. It now includes more photos of my work as well as some recent work.

I also realized that I had not created a page for fabric postcards, something I intended to do when I started blogging almost a year ago. I have remedied that by publishing a Fabric Postcard Gallery.

In the midst of this flurry of ‘marketing’ I was asked by another artist to join her on-line gallery at galleribba. Scroll to the bottom of the home page to see the list of artists who have a gallery page. Meta lives in the Netherlands. I became acquainted with her and her work through Postmark’d Art, the international group of fiber artists that I trade fabric postcards with. I’m quite flattered by this invitation. The work I have on galleribba is the same as in my Fabric Postcard Gallery for now. Both galleries will be changing regularly in the future. If you are interested in collecting small art pieces you will want to visit the gallery pages often to see new work.

I hope that you will review my work in the galleries. Please keep me in mind when you are adding to your private art collection or considering a special gift.

van Gogh Inspired

Postmark’d Art, the international group of artists I trade fabric postcards with, just completed a trade with the theme Vincent van Gogh.  I now have a fabulous collection of eight pieces of fabric art inspired by a master painter. Here are four of them.

Meta Heemskerk of the Netherlands created two thermofax screens, one from a Dutch postage stamp and a second screen using Dutch words that she associates with van Gogh. She used the screens to print fabric which she then stitched.

Sarah Ann Smith of Maine was inspired by Willows at Sunset. For her, van Gogh is all about color, spontaneity and line.  In the fall of 1888 he completed the painting and wrote to his brother

My dear Theo, . . . Everywhere and all over the vault of heaven is a marvelous blue and the sun sheds a radiance of pale sulphur, and it is soft and lovely as the combination of heavenly blues and yellows in a Van der Meer of Delft. I cannot paint it as beautifully as that, but it absorbs me so much that I let myself go.

Suzanna Bond of California painted an old linen tablecloth using acrylic paints. She then  cut it up, stitched it and mailed what she called “A Piece of Art.” Here is the full painting before cutting

and here is the piece of art I received

Even here you can see the thick strokes of paint she applied. Can you make out which slice of the portrait I have?

I created a single piece inspired by Starry Night which I cut up as well. I kept #1 of the nine pieces. I wrote about the process here and here. This was actually the second time I have felted a large piece and then cut it up for postcards. I reminisced about the first project — also inspired by van Gogh — here.

I am so fortunate to be a part of this thrilling art community. Postmark’d Art has been going strong since 2004 and, frankly, I think we’re getting better with each trade.

This poem appeared as the daily reading on the Writer’s Almanac May 14th.

On Mondays

by Marilyn Donnelly

On Mondays when the museums are closed
and a handful of guards
look the other way
or read their newspapers
all of the figures
step out of golden frames
to stroll the quiet halls
or visit among old friends.
Picasso’s twisted ladies
rearrange themselves
to trade secrets
with the languid odalisques of Matisse
while sturdy Rembrandt men
shake the dust
from their velvet tams
and talk shop.
Voluptuous Renoir women
take their rosy children by the hand
to the water fountains
where they gossip
while eating Cezanne’s luscious red apples.
Even Van Gogh
in his tattered yellow straw hat
seems almost happy
on Mondays when the museums are closed.

I’ll share the remaining four postcards next week.