My mantra for 2019 is ‘focus’. Focus on the main game, which is for me is visual art. I’m battling though, mostly because I have ‘tennis elbow’ and a torn tendon of my dominant arm.
So once again needlework has been my primary creative outlet, this time because for some reason it hurts less than drawing or painting…
I have been attending a small painting group which has helped me to at least attempt a work in ink – a work in progress.
Here are some pics of my creations in the past month or so. Next time there will be a work of art to show – there will, there will…
For Maren Due On Australia Day
My great niece was due on Australia Day which explains my choice of colours! She was born in England more than a week late but healthy. 😊
Going With The Flow
I decided I needed an embroidery travel case. I just started stitching on a remnant and did whatever came into my head. I wish I could paint that way!
Then I decided I needed a lightweight travel wallet! Made with scraps and a zip in my stash.
Boro Wallet -Front
And a grandson wanted a blue t-shirt with a Paw Patrol Plane – what’s a Nana to do?!
Paw Patrol Aeroplane T-Shirt and Shorts – Handmade With Love
I made more items but you can have too much of a good thing, can’t you?!
On Sunday I got to play! I attended a mixed media workshop given by Stephanie
Reisch http://www.lintonandkay.com.au/artists/stephanie-reisch/at Mundarng Art Centre, where Stephanie was holding a successful exhibition ‘ Silent Synchronicity’.
Stephanie’s works are abstract but relate to natural forms. She paints with natural pigments and likes to incorporate elements of history – like bones – to capture elements of synchronicity, trace and essence.
My effort did incorporate Daniel Smith natural pigment watercolour, graphite, charcoal, wax pencil, pieces of bone and drawings of coral and driftwood as Stephanie encouraged, using a reference photo of what appeared to be underground caves and water. However, I wonder what it means to me and curious as to others may see it!
I used some of my wildflower painting designs as embroidery motifs for a set of napkins while stitching as a passenger – travelling home to Western Australia.
I think the translation worked quite well. Any wonkiness reflects the state of the roads not me 😉
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Rough sketches were translated to stitches – on the road.
Esperance Western Australia to Eucla
Eucla to Ceduna South Australia
Sketches to Stitches #1
Ceduna to Port Lincoln South Australia
Port Lincoln to Winchelsea Victoria
Sketches to Stitches #2
The sketches were much easier and quicker than the embroidery – but I’ve never tried sketching as a passenger!
Happy travels, happy stitching!
I finished making a set of napkins for Ballicart on the way from home to Esperance WA.
Art with a purpose I thought, but then napkins still function without embroidery. Without the ‘art’ they’d be dull and boring – wouldn’t they?
Nature Inspired Embroidered Napkins – Helen L
Same threads, same shapes, same stitches but all different!
Same but Different – Helen L
Preparations for Christmas have taken lots of my time lately and I’ve been more productive in the kitchen than the studio this month.
Does painting with chocolate count as art?
Chocolate Bark – Helen Lock
Best of wishes to all for a happy & peaceful festive season.
This is not
“Something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings” –
Merriam Webster dictionary
This collage does express visually to me why it has been nearly 4 months (?!!) since I posted here and how I feel and it is important to me, so maybe it is art, albeit not good…
This Is Not Art
I find some comfort in
Salvador Dali‘s words:
Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it!