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Mini One Person Art Show Today

February 15, 2012

Three days a week I have lunch at the Senior Center a block and a half from my house.  I was talking to some of the ladies I sit with most often about my art yesterday.  I had previously taken a couple of my smaller pieces there to show

This one won an award at the Renewable Energy Roundup and Art Show in Ellensburg, Wa in 2010

them, and after an extensive conversation about my work yesterday, they asked that I bring in the pieces we had been talking about.  Those pieces were:  “Solar Powered, Wind Assisted, Manually Operated Clothes Dryer”, “CAT-ching a Leaf”, “Posh”, and “Blue and Green Simple”.   I had so much fun showing them the clothes dryer, they were suitably impressed, and had many questions about what went into making it.  They made comments about the imagination it took to come up with it, and asked how it was made.  I am the baby of the group, the oldest lady, Ella, being 96 years young.  It was great being there with these sweet people helping them to smile a little more than they already do, and that happens

This one won me my first award!

to be a lot.  There seems to be a very fond friendship bond that they share with each other.  Many of them speak about knowing each other for years.  That is not something I can say I have had much of in my life, I have moved around so much I have lost track of so many people I cared about over the years.   This is one more aspect of living in a small town I have grown to appreciate, that friendships and acquaintances span lifetimes, often.

The feelings thoughts of that kind of lasting, enduring permanence gives me are rather poignant.  It is something that I have wished for more than once in the years past.  Rich are the feelings, rich like the colors of my piece on the right, “Posh”.  Luxurious and comfortable are words that describe those feelings, also, feelings that maybe with luck, I will be able to enjoy if I live here for a long time like I would like to do.

The last piece that I showed them today I do not have a good picture of.  So here is the best shot I could manage with my webcam.  I lay my white flannel blanket across my shoulder to give a good contrasting background to the picture.  I tried just holding it up for the camera, and it seemed to all but disappear without the contrasting white behind it.  I called this one “Blue and Green Simple” because it is not as complicated as most of the pieces I make for wall hangings.  I have another one I call “Rose Simple” for the very same reason.  I think I have a better picture of that in my media file, so I won’t bother taking one of my special shots with my webcam, lol.

Ok, I am done playing photo studio now, it is what it is.  I wish I could afford to hire a student from Central Washington University that is taking a course in photography to take quality shots of all my work.  If I manage to work up a good Kickstarter application for funding my dream project “Go Large” then I will make that one of the things I will mention I need the funds for.  Every Artist should have a quality digital portfolio.  Yes, indeed.

I presently have no less than four projects in the working stages.  Two recycled bottle coverings, with plans for some flower sculptures.  A piece that is mounted on a coil of aluminum wire that seems to be working up to be a bird, and the colors of that are yellow and various shades of oranges, so I am thinking Phoenix will be in the title somehow.  The fourth one is a wall hanging in muted and jewell tone colors in the red, green, blue and brown range.  The main yarn use in that one is a variegated combination of all those colors.   Well, I think I will get this posted so I can get a few knots tied before lay me body down for the night.  Adios, mes amigos, e amigas!  Ever Onward!

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Meet MoonStormy, Guardian of the Temple of the Moon (this better work!)

February 7, 2012

I am so upset, I had a wonderfully, delightfully amusing (she says) post written up, with three pics.  Proofread it, loved it, thought I sent it on its way to my loving fans, and now I find there is nothing there but tags, and a title!  Lol, weird, huh?  Well I will attempt to come up with a close approximation of the wonderous lost post for youse.  Here goes nuttin’ honey!  That is if I can remember half of it, hehe.

Fran, you said that everything was there but the picture, but when I went to the supposed post, all I got was the above mentioned.

Here is one of the many dragon images that I used in attempting to bring my mental image of MoonStormy into knotty being.  The dragon head in my first post about the show The Year of the Dragon by Bob Eggelton was another.  There are so many images of dragons and dragon heads to be viewed, I spent simply hours trying to find one that fit my mind picture of MoonStormy.  The story of how MoonStormy came to be was about my early exploation into the world of the internet.  I had looked up dragons, and found something called “Dragon Rings” and to be a part of the Ring one had to pick a Dragon Name to be their persona in the Ring.  I thought about it for a bit and came up with MoonStormy because I thought it suited my moon influenced rather stormy life, and it sounded Scorpionic.  Thus the choise of red and black for her colors, also.

Here she is, in all her toothy, bewhiskered glory!  Lol.  My intentions are to giver her another go with body and wings, sillouetted against the moon (a larger one than in the pic on the right) and of course seated upon a rocky crag, but I think I shall pass on all the clouds, hehe.  I have the moon started, and will use it most likely, unless I think of a better way to portray her loveliness.  I really do like my first attempt to bring her to life, but I want her to be a bit more refined and not so difficult to make out the details of the lines of her face.  I think this one had too much of the look of a cat to it.  All in all I am happy with my start on MoonStormy, Guardian of the Temple of the Moon.

I truly had fun making MoonStormy, and would so have loved making it with the piece I had in mind for the show.  But what is, is.  The pieces I have in the show are so indicitive of me, and what I am finding is my best love for a theme in my work.  Flowers.  Flowers have been my choice of prints to wear on me body, I gravitate towards other artists renditions of all things floral.  I just love flowers!!  (and Dragons!)  And Birds, and cats, and dogs, and, and, and, all God’s Critters Great and Miniscule!!!

Year of the Dragon Show update

February 6, 2012

The dragon Moonstormy was not completed in time, and I would probably not have entered her in the show after all, because I was not very pleased with the results.  She had more of a cat shaped head than dragon, and there were various other things I was not happy with.  I may add her into a more complete picture or not.  I may just take what I learned from my first dragon attempt and run with another more hansome version.  Being a dragon fan, I am rather partial to making something of which to be proud.  Moonstormy is a beauty to be portrayed in the light of her awesomeness and not as a cartoonish visage such as I made first time around.  I will try again.

The show was a rocking success, by the way!  We had a great crowd, awesome art by some amazing folk, a delectable spread provided by some of Alley Cat Artists faithful supporters, and a five man band called “Avolution”!  Four of them sang, three played guitar, one played the tambourine, and one the drums.  The style of music was late 70’s early 80’s fun popish music, chock full of meaning, melody, rhythm and fun.  I sat near the frontline watching kids dancing with ladies and dads, all in all it was just great.

I entered two pieces into the show that fit the suggested criteria that the work that celebrated our eccentricities or passions.  Well, in a nutshell, flowers are a passion with me, and an eccentricity in my work.  So I entered “Sunkissed Trio” shown above.  The second one is called “Solitude” and unfortunately I have no picture of it as yet.   As soon as I do, I will post it, as I am eager to share it because I am very happy with how it turned out.  When my Moonstormy piece was ditched, I dug out a flower I had done a few months ago that was waiting to be worked into something more.  I found among my collection of walnut branches a favorite piece I had been dying to do something on, and some leaves that would work well with the flower, also pre-made.  Well, long story short, I threw them together, my fingers flew feverishly for a couple of days to come up with a piece I can be proud to show.  The only thing I regret is not having a pic to show you folks.  One will follow, soon as….yes it will.

The “Sunkissed Trio” stands on a covered pedestal, nearly in the center of the room alongside another pedestal with resident prolific artist Scott Mayberry’s sculpture that is a colorful something that involves a large book.  Here is a link to see some of his work.   scottmaberryart.com    My other piece is on the wall to the right of the entrance alongside some other florals and abstracts.  There are at least three dragon paintings, two of which are quite large and imposing.  Also a serpent growing out the rear end of a rooster.  That is the genius of Justin Gibbens a very talented trans species artist.  His work has that Audubon quality to it, but no weekend birdwatcher ever caught one of his delights in their binoculars!  Oh, no indeed.  Try justingibbens.com and you will see the painting I just spoke of and much, much more!  Oh!  Yeah, I remember another name, (I was just sitting here wishing I remembered more names and his came to me, Kyle Wyatt.  He had two very interesting metal sculptures, one of which was a floor lamp.  I tried to find a link for him, but was not so lucky.  Just know I was very impressed by this young man, and he liked my work as well, (bonus).   Well, that is all I have for now, adios!

The Year of the Dragon

January 29, 2012

I have been a wayward blogger, it has been so long since I was here to grace the halls of bloggermainia.  I hang my head in un-bloggernal shame…..(that was an attempt to draw a parallel to un-professional shame).  I only have reason, no excuse…for I have sufficient time on my hands.  It is certain actually that I have little but time.  I have, however, been continuing my “etherial” education by reading, reading, reading, until my eyes have been bleary, my head dropping upon my keyboard, and stuffing my brain with ideas.  My next move is to produce a piece for the next Friday’s show at Alley Cat Artists which is having it’s grand reopening in its new place of residence, an old Chinese restaurant two blocks from its former location.  We will have much more space to show art in the new residence, YEA!  I am stoked, that means many more people will be able to show each month.  I have not seen the new place yet, other than outside in passing.  I won’t see it untill I deliver the new piece I am working on (that is if I get it done in time!)

I have chosen to do something that I have wanted to do for a while, but it is complicated and had not had the impetus to brave the idea.  the theme of the show this month is:  “The Year of the Dragon” in honor of the Chinese Lunar New Year.  Yes, you are so smart, you guessed it, I am doing a dragon!  She is red and black(very scorpionic as I am a scorpio, and a bit of a mix up in symbolisim, lol) and I named her Moonstormy over ten years ago.  She is my chosen dragon alter ego, and online game name for years.  I have not used her name online for a while, but she has remained in my heart!  When I got the call to artists for this show, saw the theme, the only natural thing for me to bring to live was my old friend Moonstormy.

What a hornet’s nest of complexity I called down on my head!  It has been a very difficult project, and I only have a few days to get her done!  Due to time constraints, and the intricacy of my stormy friend, I am only making the head, upper body and one wing against the backdrop of a full moon.  Also, I have to say that I am not entirely pleased with this first embodiment of Moonstormy.  I plan on further projects whereby I may refine my technique of the portrayal of a dragon entity.  It is a major challenge, one which I meet gladly, and bravely.  I must go now, I have many knots to tie before I sleep.  The moon is not much more than a pearl and growing slower than I would like!  Wish me luck, and flying fingers!

Note:  the dragon image I used is one that I used as a semi-model, along with several more to come up with Moonstormy.  This dragon image is by Bob Eggleton.

“Sunset O’er Me Garden”

August 28, 2011

I have played around with the title to this one many times, variations x umpteen.  “Sunset O’er My Garden” wins.

This is the next piece I knotted after “Fran’s Flowers” and I wanted to do something a bit brighter.  Yup, got that one down, yes I did.  While I love the subtle color scheme in my sister’s “Fran’s Flowers”, I also have a side to me that loves glorious, riotous, saturated and blazing color!  Well, this one doesn’t really blaze, but it is a bit riotous.

When you click on this picture to enlarge it you will see four flowers, each distinctly different from the other.  At the time I was getting my experimenting on!  Actually every piece is experimental, and I hope I always feel that they are, because I want to keep that feeling of wonder every time I find a new way to express my love of flowers.

I will admit to borrowing on the efforts of other’s a bit when I figure out new arrangements of my knots to emulate nature’s artistry.  I peruse the artistry of “painters of flowers” to gain inspiration, and structural understanding.  I actually could not do it with out the lovely paintings I have found online.  I could look at photographs all day long and not get the same inspiration.  As we know, photographs are abounding in detail, astounding and breathtaking, but too literal.  Another artist’s interpretation of the visual makes it seem more doable somehow.i

The flowers in this piece are all in embroidery floss.  The rest is seven different types of yarn.  The next piece I did after this one was a smaller piece done entirely in embroidery floss, and had around a dozen flowers on it.  I unfortunately do not have a picture of it, as I gifted it to the best friend of my granddaughter and she lives in another city.  Maybe I can get her mom to make a picture of it for me.  It was another experimental piece that I put on a complex smaller branch from our walnut tree, and it has not stood the test of time well.  The walnut branch became very dry, and it has broken a couple of times.  I have had similar problems with other pieces, but have been able to manipulate the work to accommodate the changes.  Uh, I faked it, till I made it, uh.

Last night I visited a website called EBSQ.  It is a place where artists self represent, showing their artwork to the world.  Patrons who wish to find something special for their walls or a gift for someone may peruse the site for free and link up with artists without owing any fees to the site.  Artists however pay for the opportunity, but the fees for membership are very reasonable.  Fees range from around $9 for one month, $89 for a year,  to $699 (I think that is the figure I saw) for lifetime membership.   For having a place to post one’s art among peers it seems very reasonable to me.  Each artist has an area where they post links to their websites, email, blogs, etc.  I spent hours looking at only one category of work, the one type of painting that I believe my work most closely parallels.  Sometimes my work is pure abstract, but when I do my florals or pictorials (as I like to call my “Solar Powered, Wind Assisted, Manually Operated Clothes Dryer”).  I also have a few other things that are representational, and recognizable as animal, or some such.  I am talking about this website for artists so others can learn about it and either make use of it for purchase, for sale or for simple enjoyment!  And there was some very fine work there.  I was particularly impressed by a lady Marcia Baldwin, her work is very fine, she paints many things and her Equine series strike a loving chord in my heart.  I have always had a deep abiding love of horses though had far to little actual experience knowing them.  She captures their wild nobility and intelligence in a way that is rare beauty.  Thank you Marcia.  I have not yet left a comment to let her know my appreciation, but that is on my short list!  Thanks for letting me ramble on, Ta! Ta! Ha! Ha!

Here is a link to the art site:

EBSQ Self Representing Artists
http://www.ebsqart.com
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“Mountain Meadow”

August 23, 2011

Ahh!  Sit back, close your eyes, imagine you have just left the woods behind.  Ahead of you is the gentle rising slope of a lush meadow.  Insects buzz subliminally at the far reach of your hearing, the sun warm, but you are not hot because there is a soft breeze.  As you leave the last vestige of shade from the woods, walking up the side of the mountain, your sense of smell is assaulted on all sides by fragrances of wild flowers in full bloom.  Suddenly by your ear is a soft “zzzpht” then only the usual background sounds of insects.  Then again, the same sou  nd but a bit farther away!  You look around wildly trying to center on what you heard, but it escapes you.  Ok, calm down, you are not going nuts you tell yourself.

You walk a bit farther and suddenly there it is again off to your left a bit!  You zoom your focus in on where you heard the sound, and there above a lovely purple blossom is a fiery little hovering hummingbird!  You freeze!  Don’t move a muscle….!  You watch for a breathless full minute or so while the magical creature blesses you with its’ beauty, then as suddenly as it appeared, it is gone.  Only the occasional “zzzzpht” in your ears to let you know it is still around.

Once when I was in Alaska, in a place called Soapstone Cove, I was on the shore with my dog She-la, and had walked up into the trees that lined the soapstone cliffs.  It was like being in a cathedral there because all the trees branches grew away from the cliff face.  I sat on a rock looking around me,  absorbing the loveliness of the place when, “zzzpht” and “zzzzpht” back and forth all around me, but so quietly I almost thought I was hearing things!  Then suddenly hovering inches from my eyes was one of the loveliest apparitions ever.  Yes, you guessed it, you are sooo smart, yes, a humming-bird!  Giggle!  One of the more spiritual moments in my life, one I remember as clearly today as if it was moments ago!  And it was over 40 years ago!  Yuppers!

That is the kind of feeling I get when I look at this piece I call “Mountain Meadow”.  Soft and spiritual, and appreciative of the blessing that my hands afford me when I make something like this.  I certainly feel all warm and fuzzy just talking about how this piece makes me feel.

I would love to share my gift with others, of course I would also love to supplement my income with my gift as well.  As an artist I have given my work to people across the years that gave me a blessing of kindness, or were kind to my children.  Once I had worked up a storm to build up a stock of items to sell somehow, (something I had never ventured before that date).  This was in Knoxville around 1980 and my husband had a job at the State Fair running the ferris wheel for a couple of weeks.  Well it was the first job he’d had for a while, and we had no money.  So I got the bright idea to stand in front of the gate to sell my work to take my three-year old son in to the fair.  Let me tell you that was one of the hardest things I ever did for money!  No one wanted to buy anything!  They were all going into the fair and wanted to spend their money in there!  I managed to sell enough by lowering my prices down to almost giving things away, plant hangers for $5, wall hangings as big as any I make today for as little as $10, oh the hours of work I sold dirt cheap!  But I got enough together to get myself and my son in the fair, we ate, and Victor got to ride some kiddie rides.  My purpose was accomplished, no regrets, but I never tried anything like that again.  Mostly my work has gone to gifts of appreciation!

My blog is a way to share my blessing with many, and today I managed to share a bit more of me than just my work.  Would that you could fall in love with an image of something that I have made with love flying from my fingers.  May I share a concept I love, and a poem I wrote for my Artist Statement.

I Knot Therefore I Am

When I was knee-high to a grasshopper

I heard somewhere along my knee-high path

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery

My innate need for creative outflow

Is merely an attempt to flatter

The grasshopper’s Maker

by Cecilia Power

May God Bless

You may contact me directly if you wish at cilipower@yahoo.com and perhaps…..

 

 

Celebration! Dance to the Music!

August 20, 2011

My thanks to all that have chosen to read my blog and check out my art!  I believe this is my 20th post and I just broke 300 hits!  Now that doesn’t sound like a major success when the numbers on other more contemporary entertainment, science or community driven sites get hits in the thousands!  307 hits are KUDOS to me!

My chosen field of artistic pursuit is definitely outside the classical box and I wouldn’t have it any other way

Here is a piece I knotted over a year ago.  It is one of those rare pieces without any large focal beads.  Mostly I used small glass beads with three slightly larger striped glass beads on the beige strand of knots on the left and between dark red and dark brown ones.   The colors in the striped beads pick up the colors of the knotting very well.  I think I will call this one:  “Loop d’ Loop”.

I think I would like to make a series of pieces with swirls of loops draping in a plethora of different knotting styles, and patterns of bead accents.  This one was made after my daughter suggested something similar.  Only what she had imagined was more of a horizontal piece swirls of knotted strands to either side.  She drew me a sketch which I would like to make a closer approximation of.  Maybe the next one I start, maybe….

Here is the detail shot I have for this piece which I feel is important to have with each of the larger pictures of the whole pieces.  If all I worked with was the traditional “macrame materials” then the detail shots would be hardly needed because the knotting would be large enough to see in a regular shot.  However, I have avoided working with the usual stuff because it is too expensive, and common.  I have been using remnants from second-hand stores more than anything.  Yarns of many varying weights and textures.  Long ago I realized I loved working with the variety of remnant yarns.  That way I was using up the leftovers from other people’s projects, and it is an eco-nomic thing to do.  Ha!

I truly am having a great time talking about my work, and it is gratifying that I have had as many visitors to my blog as I have.  Should one find they could use an unusual twisty-loopy-one-of-a-kind-whimsy in their environment, I long to do something custom for a person who could appreciate it.  I can be contacted directly at the address below.  I could work from a photograph of the interior that is calling out for a complimentary piece of art or from a sketch of an idea.  But let me explain very succinctly, “I do not do Owls!”  Hehe, that has been my artist statement of sorts for years, with my tongue in cheek, and serious as a heart attack simultaneously!  cilipower@yahoo.com

$…negotiable.