Saturday, 20 February 2021

Winter's Edge

I sewed a sleeve to the back
As usual I like the back better than the front.
I need to do more work stitching from the back.
I did exactly that in parts of 'Chasing the Moon'.

It is always striking to me that the back can look so unselfconscious
 so spontaneous
 yet the front is quite controlled.

It might surprise you that I try vey hard to make my fronts look less controlled
Really I do!
Not very successfully I fear!

I am, however, a very messy creative
Threads are piled high right next to where I'm working
As a matter of fact 
every surface, floors and tables, are piled high with fabric and thread.

I frequently start clearing the decks
but never finish
because.... I start trying to take control
picking up some piece of cloth or skein of thread
sends me off exploring another idea for a new piece
....and here we go again!
The beginnings of new work are always the messiest of times.

Before sewing on the sleeve
our dining room table was occupied for several days
as I pinned and blocked 'Winter's Edge'.
It is now on it's way to the Wellington County Museum in Fergus
for a Connections show called 'Collections' February 20 - July 4.
If you're in Ontario you have to see this show.
It is such a privilege to be a part of this talented group of fibre artists
whose work is amazing!
And the Wellington County Museum is very impressive.
Worth the drive to Fergus
Covid permitting of course.

Stay safe

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Happy Valentine's Day to All....

Happy Valentine's Day!
Especially to my Handy Hubby
Who I fell in love with when I was seventeen
My goodness that was well over half a century ago!
He is my knight in shining armour.

We have been swamped with snow
Kind of marooned
But Handy Hubby has come to the rescue and
snow-blowed trails for the Rusty Pups and me.

No ordinary trails mind you
He created a whole network of paths that criss cross all over the place!
Luckily the Rusty Pups find this just as exciting as a walk along the dyke.
They wait with bated breath for me to get dressed and join them.
We walk our trails every morning at the break of dawn.

My beautiful gentle Rusty Pup Brandy
Who stays close.....
.....Most of the time.
I know it's a bit blurry but I like it all the same!

And this is my Wild Child Rusty Pup, Ginger
Who thinks she is on a mission on every walk.
She walks with a purpose.

Today's mission took her across frozen pond
to see who had been through the woods last night.

Gentle Brandy would rather stay with me but keep an eye on her sister.

There is always cause for a celebratory romp when Ginger returns to the pack!

And after an hour of walking my perfect snowy trails
my fingers are frozen
Time for a nice warm coffee!
Hope your day is full of love!

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Walking with Rusty Pups

After the rain or perhaps a morning fog

The colours become richer
The browns browner
the reds redder

I do love those browns
See two Rusty Pups?

Fast approaching

Galloping along

and here they are!

They do some pretty weird things
Like to carrying rocks
Whoever picks one up first carries it
Her sister doesn't try and grab it....not ever
as soon as it is dropped because something more interesting turns up
the other one will take her turn and carry it for a while.

 Wonder where they got their love of rocks from!
Well, they have always seen rocks disappear into my pockets.

I hope you find a beautiful rock today.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Time Passages

RP's Brandy and Ginger One Year Ago.... 

....and Today
Can you tell they have swapped sides!
and looking very serious too!

Mark the father 30+ years ago....

....and his daughter today
I suppose we all want to pass our passions down
to the next generation!
Can't say that fishing was ever a passion of mine
Handy Hubby and the boys
were always way more successful!

I hope your next generation is passionate about your loves!

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Tree lines Moving into the Backwoods Piece

 Been photographing tree lines

Hoping they will help with the Backwoods piece
currently in progress

Work has begun on the woods
No rocks in sight yet!

Tree lines are starting to appear
Stretching high above the shoreline log clutter
They will be paler
I am following the changing season
Cooler weather is here
The sun, she is moving southward
Time for the woods to sleep their Winter sleep

This is what I call the shoreline log clutter!

The backside

Never the wrong side
Usually the best side.

Perhaps we should all show the world our best side today!

Friday, 30 October 2020

Morning Walks as Winter Approaches


Rusty Pup Ginger
Ginger has turned out to be the mischievous one
Hole digger
Constant tail wagger
Loud barker
Overwhelming greeter of visitors

Our morning walks are getting colder and colder
I don't like winters
The Rusty Pups love them of course.

Rusty Pup Brandy has turned out to be the quieter one
Though she will follow her sister into any mischief
She just loves being with you
and often stays inside lying at my feet
instead of joining her sister hunting or digging outside

Mushrooms and fungi are a mystery to me
I have friends who hunt them down
who study them
who know which ones are edible or poisonous
I just think they are beautiful.

Some look like they have been baked
like an angel cake!

Others dance with Fall leaves

Some are iconic

Others can be mistaken for the strangest things
This one made me think of air raid wardens helmets
from WI or II comedies
"Dad's Army" anyone?

That is how my mind wanders as we walk the woods!

I hope your walk is a meditation today.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Not so Blue About Blue Anymore

Had to go buy blue threads

Now I can continue working on my first all blue piece!
I have a problem
Don't like the two rectangles slap bang in the middle there
Need to decide how to eliminate them
That might take some time!

What I do love is the texture created by my couched stones.
There will be more stones

A crowd of stones
in a time of isolation

 Every isolated individual
forming a community.

Where will this piece lead me I wonder
There are several new blue ideas in my head

Hope your day is full of blue skies