Friday, March 13, 2009

What If?

Happy Friday 13th! I used to be a little superstitious about Friday 13th, but 'knock on wood' I've never experienced anything on a Friday 13th that would scare me into thinking it was a day filled with BAD karma. I say go out and celebrate--it's FRIDAY!
Decided that Fridays' postings from here on out will not have art in them, just photos of family, home, nature. Glimpses into my normal life here on Chicago's north shore.
So today's photos: a peek at items in my studio. I keep that little card above that says 'What If?' propped up by my pens and pencils right in front of my face at my main work desk.

Love, love, love F.W. acrylic artists inks
it's great for using as a dye or paint for fabrics as well as using on canvas and watercolor paper. The link will take you to Discount Art supplies, they have great prices. They have every color in the world and the pearlescent colors are gorgeous!

This is only a SMALL selection of my threads. These are mainly polyester with a few spools of rayon.They are from Sulky & some from Gutterman but I really like Mettler the best. I find it doesn't leave nearly the amount of fuzz/lint in my bobbin area and it doesn't break as easily when doing free-motion embroidery or when using the computerized embroidery module.
Have a fantastic weekend! Hubby & I plan to go to Navy Pier in downtown Chicago for the big Flower & Garden Show that's going on. Maybe seeing that will make it feel more like spring is just around the corner.
Live Creatively!


Alberta and Ava said...

How funny! we were visiting each othr at the same time

How funny! We were visiting each other at the same time!

Cathy Mendola aka pinkbirdgirl said...

We are on the same path my friend!

Outstanding Stranger said...

Thanks for the inspiration Cathy. I was at a loss for words this morning and what pictures to up load so I think I will show my studio.

Beth said...

Have fun at the Flower & Garden show!

Cathy Mendola aka pinkbirdgirl said...

You're welcome Diane! I'll have to pop over to your blog and check out your studio.
THanks Beth. Maybe I'll take some pics and post them from the show.

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Well, it's about high time I popped in here. I am so behind on my blog visiting and I have missed checking on everyone. You are always so good about visiting me and leaving sweet happy thoughts so I am way overdue for visiting you.

First, can't believe I missed your health scare and then relief. Whew! So glad everything is okay.

Next, it is always such a treat to peek in someone's studio and see their stash of treasures. The pictures are lovely and it is fun to drool over your space and supplies.

The paintings are gorgeous. You are so talented in ALL that you do. Painting scares the heck out of me - maybe someday I will attempt it after seeing your lovely work. As for abstract, I always explained it this way to my students . . . non-representational is the correct term for what most people call abstract. Non-representational art usually is more about depicting an emotion or feeling and it is sometimes harder to recognize the subject matter without additional information from the artist. Abstract work includes a subject that has been streamlined to simple forms but is still recognizable. For instance, usually when kids draw a pumpkin or flower, they are not making a realistic work but one that has taken the flower or pumpkin and drawn or painted it in its simplest form, thus we would say it is abstract. That is just my very simplified version for kids and of course the idea could be debated at great length. Anyhoo, I would consider your paintings abstract AND beautiful!

Cathy, thank you for always being so kind and good. It is such a pleasure to be getting to know you and your work. I hope you have a great weekend!


whymsicalmusings said...

Cathy I want to come to your craft room and play!! This is just so neat. I have never used acrylic inks but they look fascinating to me. I paint occasionaly and have done murals and floorcloths. I also enjoy a good prim craft every now and again:)
I am so glad you bookmarked the Artchix store they have so many wonderful ideas there and so much artwork!
Have a magical weekend:)

Cathy Mendola aka pinkbirdgirl said...

Thanks Marsha & Becky. You are both so kind and generous.
Marsha, I love your explanation of non-representational vs. abstract. Thank you so much for your take on the subject matter. Like all my artwork I struggle too much with perception instead of just allowing myself freedom to create. I'm going to continue to 'play' around with abstract a bit, it's like an exercise for my brain. My daily tags that I do are an exercise but of a different sort, so maybe between the two I'll begin to get in some sort of groove as far a my artwork is concerned. I feel like I'm all over the place and don't really have my 'own' style as yet.
Still trying to 'find myself'. So thanks again
and hugs to ya!
Becky my dear, you just have to try acrylic inks if you've not done so. They work especially well on unprimed canvas. You can do collage on unprimed canvas just as well as primed, mounted canvas or paper. It is a great method to explore! Thanks again girls!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

oo, great peek inside.. can I come play with you today? Rain out and the clouds seem to be sticking around... perfect inspiration for PLAY!

(oh my, those vases up above are fabulous!!!!!)

xo, monica :)

p.s. your blog is looking HOTT too!

Cathy Mendola aka pinkbirdgirl said...

thanks monica! you're a sweetheart! You are welcome to come play anytime.

Audra, Green Meadow Lane said...

I love how organized you are! Hey! Have you been able to check out Chicago's green river yet?
Green Meadow Lane

Cathy Mendola said...

Thanks Audra! These pictures are the only areas of my studio that ARE somewhat organized.
The rest is chaos...
No I didn't actually see the GREEN river but we did go downtown on Sat. for the flower & garden show at Navy Pier. Never quite got over to peek at the river and I really wanted to! Oh well, next year..
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'll pop over to take a look at yours.

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