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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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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!

Changes In The Wind

September 10, 2011

I only have a vague understanding of what changes I am about to embark upon.  I do know however that changes are needed.  You see, I am not merely talking about my art here for the kicks I get out of bringing my little lovelies to your attention, now don’t get me wrong, it is definitely a kick!  It is not enough, however.  I am attempting to become an abundant thriving artist with self-sufficiency!  I have been enjoying dialogue with just such artists who are sharing ideas with me and other emerging artists.  This dialogue is helping me to understand just how much work I have ahead of me to become organized in my efforts to become an artist with true earning potential.

I am thinking of myself as a nice tight little rosebud.  I wait impatiently to burst outward, to spread my tender petals for the sun and rain to kiss.  I wait to reach the full glory of self in the maturity of achievement, of full blossoming!  There before me is effort, the push of petals unfolding, the striving of reaching ever toward the warmth of rays.  With self at last poised to drink the dew.

My work is for sale.  I only have a vague idea at this point how I will manage the logistics of selling my work.  How much I will ask for each piece is another thing that is fuzzy.  Not a great way to go about being a business person.  So I have work to do.  First thing I will be changing is phasing my blog into a web site.  I am not sure how I am going to manage doing it, not many centavos rattling around in the pockets for such things as yet.  If I want to wait till after the first of the year, my girl promised me we will get it done.  Never was a very good waiter, I will find a way to get things together so I can actually sell online.  It is a clear goal.  Another thing I have not been real good at, goal making.  Just writing all this down and publishing my thoughts is a real good attempt at goal making!  Whoohoo!  If you have any thoughts on the subject, they are welcome, no, encouraged!

These people I have been consulting are very helpful, I offer a link to their sites if anyone has similar issues and would like some coaching towards becoming self-sufficient artists.  I am not there yet, but as I have been listening and reading their thoughts for a bit, I have faith with their help..  They are Melissa Dinwiddie melissadinwiddie.com , and Mark Huff theabundantartist.com.  They are both very positive successful artists, and very dedicated to the idea of debunking the “starving artist” concept.  Yea!  Of course coaching is a business for them, however they also offer a large amount of free advise, and encouragement, otherwise I would be unable to avail myself to their words of debunkishness.  Yea!  You Go Melissa and Mark!  Know that you are greatly appreciated!

I am going to get some rest now, I have abundant research to do in order to become abundant!  Later Gater!

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…..

 

 

“Celtic Dancer”

August 1, 2011

Ok, I did this one about two years ago and at the time  supplies were a bit on the slim side so it is a bit on the bare side as far as beads go.  At least I think that is the reason why it is lacking in any larger beads.  All it has is small seed type beads tha only give slight accent to the whole picture.  My taste usually runs to lots of beads, and in some so many one might call it beading rather than knotting except I had to tie in each of those many beads.

Two of the pieces that will be in the show on Friday are of the many bead variety.  “Sprung!” is way loaded with both seed beads and focal beads (what I call the larger interesting beads).  “Glow Twisty” is rather opposite, it has many seed beads with only one focal bead.  Of course the sizes of the pieces have something to do with the amount of focal beads, “Sprung!” is about eight times larger than “Glow Twisty”.

Now I will go back to “Celtic Dancer”, which I named because I see the suggestion of a human figure with arms upheld in dance.  The Celtic comes from the semblance of Celtic plaid achieved with knot and color manipulation, and the varigated yarn I used that is a combination of the medium leafy green and medium dark reddish brown, both solids,  also used.  Last but not least, the dancer seems to be wearing a skirt.

In blogs that will follow soon, I have a bull’s head, which is more representational than my usual work and a piece that is a painting with knots(I call it a pictorial).  Just thought I would throw in a little tease, (giggle!)  Adios for now!

“Fran’s Flowers”

July 9, 2011

  • I wanted to make a hanging for my sister Fran.  So when I asked her what her what her colors in her living room were, she of course was curious why I was asking.  The cat just jumped right up out of the bag and I told her what I had in mind.  It is difficult to convey colors with words so she sent me a picture of some throw pillows she had made that were made with the same print as the window treatment in her living room.  The print was a wonderful floral print with a plethora of beautiful flowers.  I stared at the print, and stared at it, and stared some more.  I had never made flowers before, so I had some difficulty visualizing how I could make adequate versions of these lovelies
In the detail picture at the right the flower in the upper right is the first flower I made, and I hate

Detail 1 Fran's Flowers

to think how long it took me to complete!  I can make one in probably a third of the time now that the first one took me to complete.

Practice makes perfect, eh?  Well, at least it gets easier, my flowers are still one of the more time-consuming thing I do.  And I keep trying to come up with new ways to make them so they new and different but still flowers.
I am working on a rather ambitious floral piece right now for a show coming up for the 1st Friday Show “Catapult” which is being held at Alley Cat Artists Gallery in Ellensburg, Wa.  This show is being done by the students of a professional development class I took there.  We decided on “Catapult” as the title of our show to symbolize our efforts to thrust ourselves into the public eye.
The new piece is very complex.  That is about all I can say about what it will look like other than it will have several new versions of flowers and leaves.  I am trying a new technique, making the many elements then tying them all together into a whole piece.  I have no idea how well it will work, but it works in my vision, hehe.  We shall see!