Sunday, April 17, 2016

More Playing with Design!




I've been playing with some dynamic design elements lately.  I love the use of diagonal lines - this piece needed some applique to complete the vision.








The very rough sketch of "Sierra Boulders" below is my current project.  I'm still considering how best to depict the forest trees in & around boulders.  Stay tuned, I'll let you know!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Cadillac Ranch - Route 66 Piece is home!



My Cadillac Ranch piece is back after touring for 3 years with the Route 66 exhibit.  It arrived home a couple of months ago.  So glad I participated!  Kelly Gallagher-Abbott & Patt Blair are fantastic folk!  http://www.jukeboxquilts.com/route-66-exhibit/
Isn't it wonderful to see your pieces afresh after touring? 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Playing with LINE





Recently I have been playing with Line as my primary design element. The first piece is a collection of pots from a couple of my photos.  I love the effect of the diagonal background.  18X27


The second piece is an altered layout from my photo of wooden fruit boxes.  I enjoyed using some of my hand died linen fabric and tread painting the design instead of piecing it --- which I considered impossible:)  16X16 


What do you think?   best for a wonderful week!  deborah

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Come & See My Writer's Life Blog - Caregivers Resources too




My Writer's Life blog is up and running!  Read my how-to pieces, Caregivers articles, Artist's Interviews and more!  New post up March 15th - A tribute to Lisa Engelbrecht.  

Hope you enjoy your visit and will become a follower!
Best to you all, deborah

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Experimenting with Movement this month


I played with 2 art quilt designs for movement this month.  One a calm glide; the other has tension with strong diagonals.  Which one do you favor?  

 

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: https://www.pinterest.com/recicar/design-movement/
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: http://www.bethstilborn.com/how-to-read-aloud-to-the-elderly-part-three-in-the-series/    (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
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