Friday, June 26, 2009

June ATCs

This month we are having a special ATC meeting in Dunvegan: our "Christmas bash" has been moved to the middle of summer. We will meet as usual to trade cards and then stay on to share in a potluck buffet, scan over our ATC collections and check out the Swap Table. Each of us brings 3 things of quality that we wish to give away and put it on the Swap Table. Then we help ourselves to any object we would like to keep. Even those who don't bring anything can take whatever they like!

I'm in the middle of my one week vacation and I decided to sit down with my trusty 20-year old Pfaff sewing machine to repair some clothes. In the back of my mind, I was pondering what I would do for ATCs this month. After finishing my mending, I took one of my empty cards and tried out one of the 300 patterns that the machine can sew automatically. I played around with variations on the length and width of the stitches and different colors of thread. Once I had my 11 cards (9 to trade, 1 for Reto and 1 to keep), I took out my colored pencils and put my embroidery into a setting. Then I went over it all with Gloss Medium and added leftover snippets of the threads I had used.

That is how my "Pfaff Art Cards" were made!

Monday, June 15, 2009

May ATCs

Time is just flying by: how could I have missed posting my last month's ATCs?
The theme of these cards is "My Garden at Night". They are pastel, colored pencel and Gellyroll pens on black mat board.

I'm thrilled!! My painting sold at the Art Fayre.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Art Fayre

Once again, the Pioneer Museum in Dunvegen, Ontario is hosting the Art Fayre, a show and sale of artworks created by 17 local artists, including me. My submission this year is "Waterfront", a 36" by 48" acrylic painting. It is a bit 3D, with the "mirror effect" paint on the surface of the water, the swirling lines giving a connecting texture to the whole image, and the raised stones with inclusions of sand, pebbles and snail shells along the bottom third.

Here you also see my newly opened irises in the evening light. Nature is astounding!