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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.

 

 

 

 

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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!

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!

“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.

Ever Onward!

September 28, 2011

Here I am exploring the many avenues to the wonderful wide world of cyberspace!   I am making my presence known, with th.com!at comes my art, these days it is my focus, both the creating of, and the sharing of.  My life before art becoming a focus, was varied and interesting, full of hard work and restlessness.  Now, my work is key, it is part of breathing, and truly I hope my family and friends may catch the bug and pass it on!  I can no longer work in the mainstream world, so I am working towards my art being a tool to supplement my SS.  With a little luck, hours of plying the net to learn, to get in the know…..maybe I will be famous some day!  Yeah, right! ROFLMAO!  I would be happy for a modicum of success, and an easement.  Pass it on!

OMG I knew the world of art in cyberspace was large, (large is such an understatement), it is mind boggle humongous!  I have been exploring, (my browser is IE after all, so explore I must!  I joined an art marketing group in linked in and WOW!  It is all I can do to clear my email page, it was manageable before that, with relative ease.  Oh well, then there is EBSQ.com!  I get in there and start looking at the galleries of the multi-fabulous artists within and I go bonkers looking at page after page of finesse, abstraction, and phantasmagorical wonderfulness!  Did I mention I like art, hehe?

This one is one my daughter Rachel named for me.  She said it was the Mariner’s colors so she decided to call it:  “Go Mariners!”.  It is made with some rather large gage knitted cotton cord which is the dark teal and the white which makes up a large part of the work.  There is also a lighter teal yarn, and details in embroidery floss using most of the colors of the main body.  The large white beads are painted wood, and there are some smaller glass beads throughout.  It measures approximately 25″ X 16″.  I Started this one with the larger materials with the intentions of making a piece that took less time than the average.  Well, just about the time that I started this one, I found a treasure at the local Goodwill store.  It was a bag of embroidery floss, now this was no ordinary bag of remnants, mind you!  The bag consisted of a string of one inch white plastic rings, approximately 50-60 rings, each one with a skein of embroidery floss of a different color in varying gradients of shades of each color.  I wish I had counted them and counted the shades in each color, just for the record.  It was wonderful!  However each skein had been cut on one end so that I had many, many strands of floss about 14 to 16 inches in length.  Well, let me tell you, it challenged the traditional knotting strategy I had worked with for so long!  I was used to starting out with enough length to each piece to last throughout the whole piece of art!  Good old American ingenuity kicked in and I soon developed several techniques of adding in strands and blending in of short ends.  In no time I learned how to make those pre-cut lengths of floss work for me.  I learned it so well that soon I couldn’t hardly do a piece without adding in my little areas of intricate details.  That blew my idea of having large materials work for me to make a piece quickly.  No, not for me the easy way.  Now I have used up a large amount of that bag of many-colored floss.  And this town doesn’t have a store that sells it!  My sweet neighbor told me the other day that her mother had quite a supply of it somewhere in her house that she doesn’t use any more.  When she locates it I get a new infusion of colors to work with!  Yea!  She already gave me one small partial skein of BLACK floss!  I had not been able to get any black for a while, the only place near me (Wal-Mart in Yakima) does not have any black.  Cool, I had been wanting some for nice contrast details in something.  Yea!

Here is a detail picture of “Go Mariners!”  I just love the play of small intricacies against the large knottings of the larger cords.   I wish these pictures did the work better justice.  No comparison to actually seeing with thine own eyes.  My eyes never seem to get enough of fine details in the artwork of artists I follow on the net, and here in lovely little artsy Ellensburg.  Art is eye candy!

I am working on a piece now that is all darker more muted colors, the main yarn I am using is a variegated yarn in dark greens blues and reddish browns, with varying shades in-between.  It is going to be a dramatic piece I think because I am working in a dark red rug yarn and a forest green rug yarn, plus a medium tint of the green also.  It already has quite a few nice beads in it.  It is on a stick that is about 20″ wide so it promises to have some good size to the work.  I also have a few other smaller pieces in the works in brighter cheery colors.  I like to have more than one piece going at a time that way my various moods are suited.  Ever Onward!

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

“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…..