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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!

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.

“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!

“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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