Hummingbird Tablecloth progressing w/ flora…

There are now nineteen completed hummingbirds embroidered around the edge of this 96″ x 55″ white tablecloth.

I began showing this embroidery project earlier this year, showing each hummingbird as it was being completed, the total tablecloth is progressing nicely to the next level. I began with drawing sketches of what I want to do on the cloth with an iron-off marker, (bought in the quilt section of the fabric store) then just get out my box full of thread (floss) and go for it. It is relaxing like painting with colorful thread for me. TV is often boring – especially the commercials so I enjoy doing this embroidery in the evenings to relax.

When completed my tablecloths don’t sit in a chest not being used. I give them to family, and really love to use them myself for fancy dinners or celebrations, and, I do sell some. I have even been known to take them to church auctions to raise money and do my tithing.

Progressing…

With the 19 birds around the edges complete, I am now adding branches with vines wrapped around them with occasional honeysuckly blossoms mixed-in and it seems to be really coming to life. Here is the first completed corner.

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Seven Hummingbirds at the MAC

I entered the SWS Spokane Watercolor Society Juried show at the NWMAC Northwest Museum in downtown Spokane WA. This show is now taken down and been updated with more SWS member art and it is really worthy a trip down there to see.

This membership show will be up through the weekend after Thanksgiving and the  admission is free. The museum has a “Titanic Artifact” exhibit that is quite phenominal.  I was checking out their site and noticed that you can purchase NWMAC year passes that are really quite affordable when you consider being able to go see any exhibit anytime you feel like it.  Art is good for the whole family’s soul. Here are the show goodies on my dining room table.

Won a $60 prize from Creative Catalyst Productions, Inc. –
The Creative Alliance in Oregon for my entry into the Spokane Watercolor Society Juried Show 2017. I will be checking out the video’s today… “Learn Art Anywhere With Confidence” is their heading on the site.

One of the SWS members had laid a copy of The Inlander, October 5-11, 2017 on the table with a paperclip showing page 31 (for me to see when I came in to do my volunteer hours). I love the way artists take care of each other. I am so lucky to be a part of this talented group! The Inlander, has a picture of my painting entitled “Seven Hummingbirds J1516” at the top of their article entitled “A Fall Feast for the Senses”, by Chey Scott.

Cool huh? I would never had noticed cause I don’t always get a copy. It makes me feel great.

Halloween for this artist…

What did I do for Halloween? I dressed up as an old Cajun hick needing real thick glasses and wearing my shawl with my Mardi Gras beads. My table had a small pumpkin we grew and some taffy for visitors to snack on. I sat with my tablecloth embroidering hummingbirds at the MAC Museum on Halloween (yesterday).   I think more people came over and showed interest in the hummingbird tablecloth I was embroidering, than in the art on the walls, or, maybe it was just the candy. The biggest surprise was that I had put way too much makeup and stuff in my hair messing it all up for my old Cajun lady costume ….and one lady said she liked my hair style.  That is pretty bad when you try to make yourself look a real mess, and someone mistakes it for your style. Really?

I was the “docent” (babysitter) all day for the Spokane Watercolor Society Show art. This show is up through the weekend after Thanksgiving. There are some real beauties, and the admission is free.

storyboarding

Rough Storyboards for John Dini, “Hunters in a Farmers World” author.

After the creation of these roughs for John Dini I was able to get to work doing a more final pencil drawing for each scene. See the YouTube video below. Storytelling with a pencil… story board images for author John Dini, and his book entitled “Hunters in a Farmers World”. These images were part of his author’s tour slide show presentation for his book.

artist thoughts on storyboarding

I have been working on a very interesting and creative line of work lately. Sketching for stories. It is a really fun kind of natural work for me. My brain didn’t even have to study to learn how to do this.

“Storyboarding”. What is it? Wikipedia defines it as;

  • A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence.

It is kind of a perfect fit for me as  I am a “love to sketch” artist. Tending to draw little figures in the margins. As I journal or on many tests and papers that I have done, images appear sketched in any of the open spaces. Where these visions come from I have no idea but I do have an endless variety flowing out of me.

 

I am presently doing storyboard roughs for a biblical movie about part of Jesus’ life. A lot of fun. I am not able to share in info about this project but will show you previous storyboards to give you an idea of what I am talking about.

Here are some rough storyboards as an example.

Rough Storyboards for John Dini, “Hunters in a Farmers World” author.

realistically colorful yet surreal