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New York City!

April 10, 2012

Oh, just to be among the amazing talent associated with “Art Takes New York City”!  Yes, I have entered my Nine Claims to Fame.  Laugh out loud!!  Loudly!

Solar Powered, Wind Assisted, Manually Operated Clothes Dryer

If you are not privy to that which I speak of…Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Artists Wanted in one major  virtual gallery exhibition extraordinaire in NEW YORK CITY!?!  Nothing I imagined that I would try for, not in my usual fantasies of myself as an artist of mere emerging status.  But last night I caught the fever, thanks to a fellow artist on LinkedIn.  Michael Gaudet, said artist told others about it in a discussion I have been following for a while now.  I have not been active in the discussion for a while, though I read it often.  He was asking for people to vote for him, to “collect him” as it were so he could gather enough votes, or clicks or “collectors” to gain entry into a juried competition.  He piqued my curiosity, as much to see his work as anything, I am constantly getting lost in the wonders of the art of other’s.  So, I took the bait, hook line and I am sunk.  Lol!

You can find out for yourself what I am talking about by going to  http://artistswanted.org which I believe will get you to the application process, and information about the show.  Or, and this way is the way I found out, by following Michael Gaudet’s personal link to observe his work for the purpose of voting for, or “collecting” his work in my own personal virtual “collection”.  An artist may enter the show in two ways, by buying a premium entry for $25 or by asking others to vote for his work, by clicking on the “collect me” button at the top of his Artist’s Entry Display.  There was something about the number 7 clicks that I did not quite get, but I did get that by gaining 77 votes, or “collectors” one wins the premium entry fee, and is assured an entry into the show.  THE SHOW:  Art Takes New York City.  Which is a juried competition, the 77 “collectors” are the judges.  The artists who garner the most votes win big.  An artist can win up to $10,000.  However at least one judge will also win.  Not sure if there are multiples of this prize, but a judge can win a weekend in NYC for the show, with a cash prize of $2,500!

http://CeciliaPower.artistswanted.org/atts2012 is the link to vote for me, to “collect me” by clicking one time on the be-starred button at the top of my display. My pictures of my work are what they are, however they could be better quality, so I have no illusions of winning big, or winning at all because there are some very, very talented artists in the show.

Those who have work that is probably more relevant and certainly more recognizable by the “collecting” public as “Art” vs “Craft”.  I do believe I have as much chance as any other ” virtual collector” in that part of the competition, however.  A collector prize is awarded on the beauty, and relevance or, not too sure of the second qualifying aspect of ones “collection” that is judged by the forces that be in the “body of judges of judges”.  To get all the info about it all, I think one may go to the bottom of my display page and click on a link that tells al about the show.  Oh!  Yeah, the show is all “images of the art on billboards in downtown NYC!  Imagine my cili hippy dippy macrame art projected on a billboard on Broadway, or Wall St, or Park Ave, Times Sq!  Imagine your own there!

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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!

“Solar Powered, Wind Assisted, Manually Operated Clothes Dryer”

August 7, 2011

The old saying goes, “Third times’ the charm.”!  Well, I am here to tell you, it ain’t always the case!

This is my fourth frustrating attempt at posting this particular blog entry.  The first three times I got the thing just the way I wanted it, yes, it was finished.  Then I hit publish and it disappeared!  Oh!  First time yeah, a bit frustrating, second I was starting to feel like putting it away till the next day, but I stubbornly kept on till I had it finished a third time.  Gone!  So I put it away and went to bed, haha, what could I do?

Soo, here I go again!  This piece was for a juried show called The alternative Energy Roundup and Art Show at Gallery One, one of the 1st Friday Art Walk venues in Ellensburg, WA.   When I heard about the subject of the show a month earlier, I had an idea to do a sort of cartoon rendition of a car that used wind energy in its engineering, but I shelved that idea because I didn’t really have enough time to work that one out.  Then I thought of this idea, and told no one about it.  My tongue was buried deeply in my cheek the whole time I tied this piece, in fact I was so loving my sense of humor in this one, it is a wonder I did no damage to my tender tissues.  (Giggle, haha,)

I began the piece with my rendition of a lovely sunny day, fluffy clouds in a bright blue sky.  What fun it was from beginning to end.  When I was tying the foliage in the trees and putting the tiny wood beads for walnuts on the tree  on the , and bright red glass beads for cherries on the tree to the right, my glee was boundless.  No one knew what I was doing, not even my family!

Then I came to the “piece de resistance”:  the solar-powered, wind assisted, manually operated clothes dryer, a clothes line tied between two trees.  Making the clothes that went on the line was just a delightfully wonderful effort.  And in the end I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of all my fun.

The blue dress in the picture can be moved over a bit to center it between the red socks and the afgan.  It had slipped over and slipped the attention of my friend taking the shot.  Centered is how I like it best.

I am happy to tell you this piece won a $100 dollar award, many warm words of praise, and more than a few chuckles.  In fact when I ran in to friend who had just been up to see it with her husband, she told me how the piece held his attention more a lot of things did when she had him in tow at the shows.  Then she pointed her finger at me and told me, “You are an artist!”  I rather doubt she had a clue how long I had waited to hear just those words.