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CILIPOWER IS BACK

December 30, 2012

555_2575Yes, I am back, one, to humbly apologize for the long absence.  Two, to announce there will be a new look.  Three and most important to myself, I am going to change the name of my blog to:  CILIPOWERKNOTS, I Knot Therefore I Am.  This will coordinate with my new artist page I am presently creating on Facebook, and as  soon as I can make it happen, my website will also be CILIPOWERKNOTS, I Knot Therefore I  Am.  I already have the domain cilipowerknots.com, yea!  Just not the site.

Now that I have told you the news, I would like to show you something I was talking about working on.  Well, that is all I did, all I was able to, due to having no photography abilities or tools.  That has changed, I now have the tool, and am sincerely working on the abilities.  My new picturess are way better than the shots I was getting with my web cam, but still a long way from a professional art studio.  I will give you the best of the many, many experimental shots I have taken by way of learning.  Here goes:  Announcing at long last…”Fantastic Fingers”!

OMG!  This one took me forever to get it done!  And forever and a day to get a picture made of it, then again as long to get here to write about it!  It is here at last, I am so happy to finally present this piece that I have gone on about.  I knew it would be one that I would be proud of and that has played out as I suspected it would.  I am proud as a peacock!  If you could only see me when I stand and look at it, you would see my chest puff up, and on my face a proprietary grin!

Now I am going to tell you a little story about my showing this at the next to last First Friday Art Walk Show at Alley Cat Artists (they are now closed due to lack of funding).  Well, anyway, that is the way things go, unfortunately.  So, I had gone down to Alley Cat to take this piece and one other to drop it off for the next show.  The lady who was running Alley Cat was not there, and I gave it to one of her stand ins, who I showed the various little instructions I had for how it should be hung (some times things need to be bent, tugged, and or pushed to present as I wish).   I got a proper response from her so I figured all would be well.  When it came time to go to the show on Friday evening, I was under the weather so I did not go.  It was not till a few days later that I managed to get down to the gallery, and low, and behold it was hung upside down!  I have had similar problems before with items being hung backwards and told myself, “Self, you need to be there when it is hung if you want it hung properly!”  So, when I found it hung upside down all I could do was laugh!  What else could I do?  Sarah was so apologetic but I assured her I just thought it funny that my work was such that it still looked good backwards or forwards, upside down or upright!  Thus, I am going to add shots of “Fantastic Fingers” North, South, East and West views.  I do not have pictures of backwards, so don’t ask.  You already have the North View  Here goes the rest:

FANTASTIC FINGERS SOUTH

South View

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East View

FANTASTIC FINGERS EAST

West View

And there you have it!  Yea! I did it, it only took me a couple of hours to get these three pictures just the way I wanted them, I won’t bore you with details, (giggle) I am just so happy I am able to pat myself on the back and say to my self:  “Self, it is done.”

I will not allow so much time between entries into blog-dom from now on in!  Even though I have not been producing a whole lot lately due to both research and practicing avoidance(otherwise known as procrastination).  At least I can say much of what I do to while my hours away in retirement has to do with forwarding my artistic endeavors to the point of being able to sell online.  I get closer all the time.  At least that is what I tell myself.  Enjoy my mini triumph of whipping this post into shape, and know that I will be back real soon!

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Fantastic Fingers Comming Soon!

April 27, 2012

That is the only thing I have thought of so far to call the newest piece I am working on.  It is inspired by the horns of a bull.  “A bull”, you ask?  Yeah, I said the horns of a bull.  I am going to post a picture of a bull with whom I have a close relationship.  I must at first set up a bit of the scenario for you.  I live in Ellensburg, WA which is widely known its Spirit of the West Rodeo Week.  Two years ago the First Friday for the month in which Spirit of the West Rodeo Week fell, I did a bull.  The title of the piece is:  “Introducing Leroy Gonzoles, Lets Get Ready to Rum-Boool!”.  So, without further ado….                            

Heeeere’s Leroy!   I was playing around with my granddaughter and my webcam a little over a week ago and I realized Leroy was on the wall behind me and he was showing up fairly well, so I played around with getting a shot of him and I together, hehe, and this is what I ended up with.  It gave me a good chuckle so I thought, well maybe it might just put a smile on someone else’s face, as well.  something tells me I am right, now that I have place him here.  Now, I am going to add another shot of my dear friend, Leroy Gonzoles, one that may do more than make you smile, hopefully the next shot of my “bovine compon-ye” (my phonetic rendering of a french word for company/buddy/friend who is companionable).

Here goes:

I did this part once before, hit publish and half of what I had written disappeared!  Lol, as if that had never happened before!  It has happened to me maybe a third of the times I have posted anything in this blog!  And I am sure, beyond doubt, that it is all my “non-techy” fault!   I manage to do something goofy, or clumsy, or forgetful, and time and energy, and undoubtably wonderful content just goes:  POOOFFF!! gone.  So I am not going to sweat the stuff I had written.  I am showing this picture of myself and Leroy because of “Fantastic Fingers”.   Last week I was telling a friend about the piece I am currently working on, and I asked her to remember how Leroy’s horns looked on the end, and imagine a piece with many similar “appendages” with shapes similar to the ends of he horns.  These Fantastic Fingers are pointing every which way but Sunday and the rest of the story is yet to be born.  I have thought of perhaps doing a “work in progress” type of picture for the purpose of explanation that words can come not nearly close enough to really do something justice.  But that would not be nearly as much fun.  I do love words, and the power of artistic licence.

 

 

 

 

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!

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!

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!!!

“POSH”

October 20, 2011

If you clicked on the link to be notified of new blogs by email, I am sorry I have still not got that figured out.  I found out I need to use an email newsletter service like Mail Chimp or Madmimi.  They are a bit complicated and my attention span for dry how to stuff isn’t the greatest.  I will set that up at some point, but I will need you to email me at cilipower@yahoo.com to let me know you want to be on the list.  It seems I managed to lose the one that did exist on my blogs’ dashboard.  Until I get it together I am going to take down the button for email subscriptions.  Now on to me blog!  Finally, been working on this one for a few days, hehe.

Here is “Posh” on of my oldest available pieces.  I guess it might have made more sense to begin my blog with my oldest works and move forward in a chronological progression.  I was never the most logical as I have proven by traveling back and forth on the timeline of my work.   This one was done at a time when my stockpile of yarns was limited, and I did several other pieces in a similar color scheme at that time.  Some were small, bracelets, mini wall hangings, and key chain fobs, all sitting at Alley Cat Artists hoping to have someone love them and buy them.

I have found it easier to talk about the work when it is fresher in my mind, so it stands to reason I don’t have a lot in my brain pan about this one.  It is black, red and a dark purple, and has a plethora of beads in it as you can tell by clicking on the picture to enlarge it.  Sometimes I get carried away putting beads in my work.  It would be nice if I could feel that my knotting would be interesting to stand alone, but rarely do I do a piece “naked” or sans beads”.  The beading can add so much

as well as color to a piece of knotted work.  I enjoy the effort to find new and interesting ways to add them in, new patterns, or  new configurations of bead on bead.  I am finding that there are infinite variations to discover, what heaven!  That means that I should never run out of new ways to accent my knotting.

On a different note, our gallery, Alley Cat Artists in Ellensburg, is holding  silent auction this month.  It is to raise funds to help support some of the programs it offers to the disabled artists in Ellensburg.  A week or so ago we got a “Call to Artists” asking us to donate up to two art pieces for the auction.  One of the pieces I donated is called “Blue and Green Simple” because it is far less complicated than many hangings that I knot.  And I gave her one that I haven’t had a chance to get photographed.  It was mostly a beige  wall hanging with varying shades of blue and green details done in embroidery floss and glass beads.  This piece was one that the knotting patterns were emphasised by the simplicity of the color patterns.  I will get a picture of it, Shannon, the curator of Alley Cat Artists is the one that took most of the digital images.  While she is at it maybe I can convince her to take some of the small works so I can show them to the world!

For those that have been clicking into my blog to see if I had been around, I offer my apology for tardiness.  There is so much information available that I got lost for a bit.  I plan on revamping my blog soon when I figure out just what I want to do.  I want to set up a gallery page, and a poetry page that will all be accessible by links.  I know others have similar set ups, I just need to do some more boning up to get there.  Another thing I want to do is show links for all the wonderful artists I have discovered.  That will come together easier than the other stuff I want to do, will just take a little planning.  So, bear with me folks!  There can only be better things on the horizon!  Ever Onward!

Girl Effect website  Check this out!  It is about third world girls making changes.  Very profound.

Been Busy Knotting

September 5, 2011

 

I must explain that I am too excited to wait for really good pictures of my newest addition to me garden!  I just finished my second Reclamation  Art piece!  The first was an extra virgin olive oil bottle, I love the green glass and the shape of the bottle.  I knotted a free form filigree shape around the bottle with beads made out of stripped copper wire.  In this bottle I had a knotted arrangement of four flowers and loads of foliage.  It was in a Reclamation Art Show at Alley Cat Artists in Ellensburg, WA, and brought me some very nice compliments from people who came to the show.  Unfortunately I have no pictures of that piece yet.

Now I have for your dubious viewing pleasure are some sneek peek pictures of my new bouquet taken by my web cam.  The quality is blurry but good enough to get the idea.  Better pictures will come as soon as I can get them made.  It does show the basics enough, that hopefully one can apply a little imagination to get some of the details ok.

The front view of the flowers in the neck of the liquid smoke bottle.  I am guessing that there have been worse pictures posted of people’s creative projects, but I don’t think any could be much worse.  Oh, well! I for one am going to stop making excuses for the picture quality, because I love these flowers!  Following will be a side view of  the flowers, and a front and rear view of the macrame covered bottle. 

I discovered that with the flowers stuck in the neck of the bottle it was a bit top-heavy, so I loaded up a bunch of some nice ceramic beads to give it some counter balance.  It worked like a charm.  I will find something to replace it, like some small pebbles because I want the beads, lol.  Here is the last view of the work on the bottle.  Though the quality of these are far from studio art quality, they at least afford me the opportunity to show off my newbie!

I could have looked around to find a better thing to prop between myself and the art to make a better looking background, but I have been up all night knotting, and wanted to get this blog to press!  Haha!  So you get the frumpy look to go with my lovely flowers, maybe the

look will give my lovelies a little more impact because of the frumpiness!  Yea!  I promise I will get far better images of my work, minus the grey frumpy ghost, ASAP!  A friend and fellow art poster said to me I should not be so appologetic about using my web cam.  Ok, wysiwyg.

Thanks for joining in my fun, and I hope you understand the eagerness on my part to share despite the less than professional (understatement) imagery.  Hmmmm….what shall I call it?  “Sunkist” maybe, or how about “Trio”.  Ahh. “Sunkist Trio”, yes that is it!  Thank you for your help, you just sat there and let me bounce this off you, and you helped with the naming of this piece!  “Sunkist Trio.”  Perfection!

If you live in or near Ellensburg and would like to see my work up close, please contact me here, and we could set up a meeting over coffee, though my transportation is limited to Hopesource or Central Transit, a meeting would need to be close to me or arranged for a Tuesday if in Yakima.  Thank You    cilipower@yahoo.com