Monday, September 03, 2007

A long time ago

It seems that my blogs are getting farther and farther apart. I just don't seem to have much to say, especially after all the stuff I said in several other posts.

Below are some pictures from my Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Lies piece that is in the making. It still has a lot more stuff to go on it which I have just printed out to make screens for printing. I must say that researching all this has made me angrier and angrier. Oh well, it is getting out of my system the more I work on this.

The piece has numerous images transferred on to silk organza which has been attached to painted canvas via matt medium. I have been writing and writing over images etc but still have more to go.

A week and a half ago, my friend Carol Suto invited my husband and I out for dinner on the Hornblower Bay cruise. It was lots of fun. It was a typical cold, foggy summer evening. We sailed out to the Golden Gate Bridge where this picture was taken.

And then we actually sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge. It is amazing what digital pictures will do. The only thing that showed up in the image were the lights but when I went in and changed the lighting balance I was able to see the bridge. Of course, in person the bridge was a beautiful orange-red and the fog above glowed orange. Truly a wonderful sight. However, I was just using my little camera and not my big Nikon with the bigger lens.

I have been in a real artistic slump. I think I have too many things going on in my life right now and also have too many ideas but no clear sense of where I am going.

My local decorating store is saving their sample books for me...I used wallpaper samples for some of my collages and have been getting the fabric samples out of the upholstery and curtain sample books. What wonderful colors and textures! My mind is dancing around with ideas but I haven't been any to settle down on anything yet.

I have four week long trips coming up in the next two months. Making arrangements for those has also been taking time.

Next Monday I leave for Canada for a couple of days of teaching and a day of sight seeing. I am really excited about this. I have never been to this area before and look forward to it.

I come home on Friday next week and then pack up to go to Asilomar for a week of down time...just working with friends doing whatever I want to do. Maybe by then I will have some ideas. Then home for two weeks and then off to Norfolk, VA to take my dad back to see his sister and to attend a ship's reunion. Then home for a couple of days and then off to New Orleans for a week to do some clean up work with out church and a number of other churches in our area.

Those things, plus getting a bunch of stuff (not art) done for church, babysitting Jacob and taking him places (we went to the airport and he got to sit in two television news helicopters!) and riding trains, etc and reading...and going to the mountains, just about fills up my time. No wonder I have had trouble doing any art!

I just finished Water for Elephants...what a wonderful book! I have been on a reading feels like the end of summer and now I have to make up for all the non reading I have done by getting it all done right now! I've pulled another book to read.

Well, I'm off tomorrow to talk with Marion Coleman and the curator of the local art council about a show. Still haven't gotten my CD's and info out like I said I would...but did get my entry off to PIQF. Just in the nick of time! And then, off to the studio where I am going to do some dye painting...washed all the fabric tonight and am ready to go!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful, wonderful quilt, Liz. And such a creative response to all that is going on..all I seem to be able to do is curse and scream at the are so much more productive...
Mary C-D in San Diego

Anonymous said...

Oh, good for you for doing those lies pieces.

Be happy!!

dee said...

You are perfectly expressing what so many people feel. I, too, shudder when I even hear the voices on the news. It's heartbreaking and unhealthy to feel so much anger toward anything-especially toward people who are supposed to help keep us safe. Insead, they are thieves, liars, and murderers. My heart breaks for the families who have given their children to this mess. I hope this is a way for you to work out some anger. It juct can't be good for any of us to feel so angry all the time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Liz,
What a great idea using your frustration at our government in a collage. Very artisitic to get all that anger out on canvas.
Our computer has been down for a couple of weeks. I sent a note but guess it never got thru. I would have loved to meet you and take one of your classes while your here in Canada. Hope you enjoy your stay and have great stories to tell of this country that is my new! Make sure you try some fries and poutine. I guarantee you won;t be disappointed. :)

margaret said...

Bridge pix, love 'em - nothing more atmospheric than fog, is there? I sailed under the Lions Gate Bridge while visiting Vancouver recently - drove over it lots when I lived there - bridges are so iconic, there's gotta be a quilt or two there too...