Sunday, February 7, 2016

Trying out "Movement" designs this month + Changes Afoot

I'm having fun with ideas to depict movement in my pieces.  A friend shared this inspiring link:
Lots of stitching awaits to make this piece sing!

I am in the process of updating this blog and creating a new one called:  My Writer's Life.  I plan to move my writing pages and posts to the new address as soon as it is ready... I'll be sure to post it :)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Design - Working With Value

Working with Value this month.  I've learned a couple of things as I worked through this piece.  Simplify and say ONE thing, depth is ok though it feels minimal to me in this piece, keep working on perspective.  I initially wanted to express the perspective changes in the background building but it just didn't workout.  I will keep on and get perspective someday:) 

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful week!  deborah

Monday, January 11, 2016

Reading to Elderly and Memory Impaired Seniors

A writing friend of mine recently posted about reading aloud to the elderly.  Please see Beth’s 3 part series via this link:    (see parts 1 & 2 at the end of her post)  

As you can tell working with memory impaired seniors is very important to me.  Creative arts are key!  I continue to teach & facilitate the Memories in the Making Painting with seniors program weekly.  We have recently added coloring with markers.  They love focusing on their pieces and for more than an hour!  I absolutely love being with the artists in my class!   Music plays a huge role too!

I am really excited to add reading aloud to small groups of seniors.  After arting at a facility for over 1.4 years now, most of the residents know me so I think at least a few will be inclined to gather around for a story.  I will keep it to 20 minutes or so and I will use meaningful, upbeat stories from the Chicken Soup series and from a Heart series I have enjoyed.

Do you have experience with creative arts, music or reading with seniors and memory impaired seniors?  Please do share with us in the comments below.

Wishing you all the very best, as always, deborah

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Alzheimer's Orange County Holiday Open House

Alzheimer’s Orange County held their Holiday Open House and Art Exhibition on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

I was thrilled to see my name as a Memories in the Making facilitator listed on a huge “bill-board” sign and then again as one of the contributing artist’s in the exhibition.  Wow, I was impressed to see ME up there.
Eight local artists were paired up with Memories in the Making artists.  The local artist chose a piece they found particularly inspiring done by a MIM artist.  The local artist painted a companion piece that was exhibited together with the MIM piece.  All of these wonderful paintings were offered for sale at the Open House, the sales benefiting the Alzheimer’s Orange County organization.  They do such a fantastic work in so many ways for our community, we all felt very honored to be a part of it.

I was so inspired by 2 pieces that I contributed 2 painting to the exhibit.  The first one was displayed in a prominent place and as I stood looking at it and admiring the framing (all the framing work was donated by local framing artists) a young man, facilitating sales, spoke to a woman next to me saying “look at the lines in the purple sky…” so I said “would you like me to tell you how I did it?”  The conversation took off and he introduced me to a gentleman and his daughter that had just bought my piece – what a thrill!  And $450 to the association! 
"Soaring" by Deborah Lyn

"Landing" by MIM artist

I don’t know yet if my other piece sold the night of the party.  I'm just really happy to have participated.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2016 !!

From us to you all 
Wishing you Happy Holidays,
enjoyment with family & friends and
May your 2016 be creative, inspired & wonderful!
Deborah, Mom, James & Tim

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Continuing Highlight of my Week! -- RePost

The highlight of my week is working at the senior living facility, arting with my elderly friends.  We have been together for several weeks now, know each other and have a great time.  This last week we had show tunes playing during our painting time and boy did we enjoy singing along!  The high point was singing “Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day…” from Oklahoma.  The whole room erupted with our voices!  So much fun!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Around the World Blog Hop - Sharing our Creative Path - Again

I am thrilled that Chris Staver invited me to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop!   The theme of the Blog Hop is to share about our art and our creative process. 
I am a textile and watercolor artist.  I publish articles, curate exhibits, make art quilts from my watercolor paintings, and I love to promote my work and other artists.  When Chris invited me she hoped that you all might enjoy the variety of the work I do. Chris Staver is a wonderful art quilter that did an interview with me.   Find her interview on my blog at:  scroll down to April 2014.   Here’s Chris’ Blog Hop post 9.15.14 -

1. What am I working on?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My Collection to show Palm Springs, CA October 8-10, 2015 - Lost-FOUND-Home!

Much Gratitude to Mancuso and team!  My collection was found along with all 7 other exhibits and returned to each of us.
This has been quite a worrisome time but all is well in the end.
We know we take a risk when we ship out a piece(s) of our art
but it means so very much to share it.
Wishing you all the very best always, deborah

Sadly my exhibit and others never arrived at the convention center - they were lost in transit.  The Mancuso team is still searching -- a finders fee has been offered.  We are all hoping for the best! 
But you can see my collection quilts on my "New Work" page  & on my website
best to all, deborah

My special exhibit is on it's way to Mancuso's Oasis Palm Springs show
October 8-10th, 2015
Hope you plan to attend - enjoy!

Deborah Lyn Stanley, Artist
Collection title: 
“Reflections in Black & White”
Theme: Everyday People
Artist’s Statement: 
“Reflections in Black & White” is based upon original photography by Deborah Lyn Stanley.  “I have enjoyed capturing people in everyday situations in my photos for years.  I digitally manipulated my photo selections and created fractured arrangements for this collection.”
Materials & Techniques:
Artist’s original photography, digitally enhanced and printed on 100% cotton fabric, cotton batting, canvas backing, machine quilted.

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