I cannot believe it's been OVER a week since my last post. And I had sworn I'd be posting daily now that my daughter is back at school and I'm back to work in my studio.
You know how that goes...best laid plans seem to always go awry.
First of all, I spent an entire weekend doing artsy things. I went to the American Craft Expo at Northwestern University on Fri. Aug 31. Then the next day, dear hubby & I went to The Art Institute of Chicago (well worth it). I took some great pics for inspiration which I will post to flickr one of these days. Then we went to a market that runs the last weekend of the month from May to October I believe, called the Randolph Street Market. It is a pretty huge flea/antique market. Taking dear husband to the museum was fine, but he's not a good partner for doing the flea market thing!
I did manage to buy some WONDERFUL old books, that I plan to use for some mixed media
pieces and maybe even altering. Then the next day, I went to an art fair in Highland Park, called Port Clinton Art Fair. I had heard this was a really good one. I wasn't too impressed with it. I'm getting really tired of seeing the same old, same old.
There were a few booths that caught my attention but nothing that bowled me over.
I did however, go through at lightening speed almost like my husband speeding through the flea market. I didn't go to the art fair until late afternoon and thus I wanted to skim the crowd quickly so I did NOT stop at every booth. I may have missed a few nice ones. Oh well, didn't need to spend any money anyway.
The next artsy thing I did was on Tuesday last week. I finally went to a meeting of
the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild. I had found out about them last spring and wanted to go but was unable to get there before they took the summer off. This was
their first meeting of the season and I finally was able to go. Decided immediately that I had to join and also was able to register for a 2 day workshop with the delightful Jeanne Beck! She was the lecturer at the meeting then held a surface design workshop that was SO MUCH FUN! Below are photos of some of the fabric backgrounds I created in her workshop.
Once I got them home, I decided they were my favorite pieces so I have started to
embroider on them and will now add some seed beads to.
The photo below shows them all lined up together which I think will become a wall hanging. I will somehow piece them all together. The colors and shapes remind me of underwater life.
The piece below is piece of silk that was scrunched and painted, then I added some Shiva oil paintsticks. I failed to iron it prior to photographing it. It would definitely look better ironed flat!
The piece below is cotton and I'm thinking I got a bit carried away with this one.
Maybe a few too many layers and colors.
This one below was actually a piece of cotton that I was using to clean off my painting area and then I decided to print on top of it to see what would happen. It's not too bad for a cleaning rag.
The next 2 pieces are 2 more backgrounds I did. Not sure if I will use them for anything.
Maybe useful for cutting up and incorporating into some other project. We'll see.
If you ever get the chance to do a workshop with Jeanne, please do so. She is a wonderfully talented lady and she's also a patient and quite humorous teacher.
In between the workshop and spending a somewhat relaxing weekend with my hubby I also spent time working on Terri's, Marsha's and Becky's artwork that I promised them
a few months ago. I am not going to post it just yet, as I want them to be surprised.
The items are not quite ready to put in the mail but hopefully they will be on their way to their new owners by the end of this week.
Have a wonderfully creative week~