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Thursday, April 12, 2012

April BOM and more Van Gogh's

water lily continued

The BOM (block of the month) for the Craftsy class involved hexagons.  I have never made a block with a hexagon before and honestly, I don't know if I ever will again.  A little to much time involved in this block.  It's not even the time really, I like to work on projects that I can take time to do the little fussy things that can add something to the character of the final outcome.  The outcome didn't seem to justify the time for me.  Maybe if I had tried to create my own designs with the little hexxies I would have enjoyed it more, so possibly I will try again sometime and see what I can make.  But for now, here are the two blocks for April.

Hexi stripe block pattern
Sunny with a chance of hex
I have received two new postcards for the Van Gogh group in Postmark'd Art.  A portion of Starry Starry Night that was felted on an embellisher.  
Starry starry night by Frankie
A cypress tree with wonderful quilting and sparkly tulle.  Both are true works of art, I think Van Gogh would be proud.
Cypresses by Debbie
Have a creative day

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Postcards and a sneak peak

beginning of a water lily

I have received two new pieces of art in the mail.  These tiny 4" x 6" works are gifts from very talented artists.  I love the smile it brings when I open my mailbox to find something other than junk mail or bills.  It makes my whole day brighter to know that someone took the time to send this delightful card my way.
Steampunk by Debra
Debra's take on the Steampunk theme is wonderful.  I keep picking it up and examining it.  I see something different every time.  A lot of work went into this card and it truly is amazing.  Wish you could see it in person because the photo doesn't do it justice.  I am very fortunate to know this artist in person as she is a member of Minnesota Contemporary Quilters. 
Van Gogh by Suzanna
Suzanna's Van Gogh is quite literally a "piece" of art.  She created an entire Van Gogh painting and than (gasp) cut it apart into eight segments to mail to each of us.  I have the upper left corner.  Love this idea!

Here is a sneak peak at my next painting project.  This is the photo I am using.  I'm trying to create a series of quilts from photos I took while on a city garden tour.  I plan to use this series when I have my next show at Central Park in Woodbury.  I loved the water gardens and would like to have my own some day.  In the mean time...
red water Lily by Janet Hartje
Here is the part I am painting without paint.
unpainted fabric

Here is the beginning of the paint process.  This one is a little more complex and will need more time than the others I have done.
beginning of a water lily
Have a creative day