Friday, January 3, 2020
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019
While i was away at the HAF this spindery orchid took to blooming. She has the slight fragrance of spice and has the most long spidery petals i have seen on an orchid..
Lucy in the sky with blue eyes supervises from the latest flat box placed
from an advantageous spot for her. She spends about an hour in the morning galloping, racing around and grabbing up throw rugs and giving the rugs a good thrashing, especially the rag rugs. She is a rescue of sorts as she spied on us the the hedges for awhile before strolling on to the deck.
And in no times she took over as in ...everything here is mine.
At the festival i have 3 tent poles and cables at which i place a bucket of tropical flowers and greens in a bucket. I wrap each bucket with a half yard of my my hand painted fabric so the edges of my area are.well, colorful . I brought my new Nikon along but once again as the day unfolded,
as people walk in and i begin to talk about process and field questions of all kinds, i did not get a chance to make shots of details . Lucky for me my helper Sherry took some just as i was starting the day. Thank you Sherry for helping me all weekend. you are an angel.
I bring my Singer FW 221 along for display and for a useful prop. i can put bills under the presser foot whilst making change.( i do remove the needle and bobbin case at home for safety.)
The sweet cat under the arm was Noodles, one of our rescue cats. If i were to put a title to this this sweet photo i would have to say, Nothing purrs like a Feather Weight.
Yes it works, still used for straight seams and i get to tell the story of sewing a prom dress on this great machine back in the day.
This was a great fair the 20th time i have juried in and set up and get to talk story with a lot of folks. Thanks to all that spent some time under the canopy and sharing and shopping.
I hope to see some of you again at next paint class,
Wishing a Happy Summertime to all!
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Sometimes i take photos of various stages of making a project . This is probably due to my desire to see what i do from a distance and it helps when i am asked that most unanswerable question, the one most frequently asked of " how long did it take?" straight off i would have say
"i have no idea but i had a great time making this.". So if asked i might explain about the time before i begin , the lifetime of gathering information to get to the place this idea seed popped up, and wool gathering , and before i can get the concept what materials to gather to make this, the redo when it goes arye, and how it changes as i work through the project
and the problems i solve that i set in motion....
That might be too much info for folks. Thank you if you have read this far.
This week i am making some journal covers of paint, cloth and thread. And imagination!!
i start with a plain vanilla cotton fabric, in this case a heavy cotton, and some fabric paints diluted slightly screen printing ink in squeeze bottles, oh and paint brushes.
after cloth is dry it is time to layer up a bat sandwich and
after cloth is dry it is time to layer up a bat sandwich and
picking out threads i wish to use, takes a moment..
i call this free motion quilting pattern
"Pebbles in a stream, drifting"
after a song line in "And this is my beloved" from Kismet
after free motion quilting is done and if i used different colors,
i need to weave back the the tails of starts and stops, that is so much less fun than watching paint dry!
watching paint dry...........
inside of a journal, the lining
Wa La!...probably could have googled on
" How to make a journal cover to fit the composition book you just bought."
instead of reinventing the wheel.
So yes, stuff takes time, Art takes longer.
From glimmer of that idea seed to the time you can pick it up and turn it over in your hand,
I still think my best answer is
"It took all the time!"
I'll be in my colorful booth # 88 near info tent
The Haleiwa Arts Festival
July 13 and 14 10AM to 5PM both days!
Be well, Sonja
Sunday, June 23, 2019
With less than three weeks away, the Haleiwa Arts Festival
is looming largely on the horizon .
I have several project in the partially made stage, a few more almost ready and a few that need the final touch. As a curious maker of ideas with cloth and color into something perhaps
tangible, touchable, shareable, i get even more ideas as i work .
painted mostly with what i like to call the original paint brush... finger tips!
This orchid with freckles makes me smile as i make yet more dots
Photo of one of the ladies from Yokohama paint class of 2012, in action dotting away.
We poured small amounts of paint into small recycled plastic lids and well, play with color!
I'll be maning booth # 88 near the front of festival near community and info tent.
This memorial is at the front of the
Haleiwa Beach park, front entrance to Haleiwa Arts Festival
wonder what i'll make today with this yummy sherbert color fabric?
Come see what can happens in 3 weeks!
AND there will be some "dotty" things including
some little notebooks available as well
dotty little notebooklettes
July 13/14 2019
Sat/Sun 10 am-5pm
Haleiwa beach Park=North Shore Oahu
110 Artists/Live Entertainment/ it's free
Hi Ho !
This is the 22nd annual
Haleiwa Arts Festival!!
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Here we are again ! Three of the ladies from last summer's paint class requested another session so we call this one the reunion class. i always wish i had taken more photos and then fill the day with samples and ideas and somehow i never pick up my camera. I did manage to get some photos from Sarah of some pieces as she took during the day and she painted a lot!
i brought out a print of a painting i had of a butterfly ginger by Ted Mundorf
and we all sketched and painted a set each. i will turn my samples into a set of pillows soon.
is quite stunning
by a friend that lives down the coast,,,,, Ain't Nature grand!
Be well and
art out loud in color whenever you can!
tip; leave some of you work started if possible in a place you can access it daily.
I love to make my arty fruit plate for our lunch break
. And here it is .... art you can eat!
Monday, April 22, 2019
We have been adopted by this kitty that we call among other thing, Lucy. She started hanging about in the yard in January but would dash off if we got too close. Much to Mz Ruby's chagrin, she now thinks she owns the place. Ruby has to hiss or punch or chase her if she gets too close or crossed the invisible area around Ruby known only to her having been the only cat for 5 years.
Lucy in the skies with blue eyes. See her right ear u cut out? i hope that means she was fixed. if you are a cat person that knows catch /fix /release,
perhaps you can tell me if that is a female her right ear clipping indicating fixed.
I finally got a new camera a Nikon coolpix. My older Canon Powershot 540, that worked great for 12 years no longer worked but would only take dark photos or overexposed ones no matter how many times i studied the manual and attempted to change settings. It also ate up AA batteries like crazy. i would take them out in between shooting even.