Friday, March 14, 2014

My Pfaff breaks again!

Don't get me wrong I love my machine. But now I know any little pull when it jams of sets the bobbin holder inside off kilter and the needle wouldn't go down. Bad! Can't fix it myself. So off we go to Sewing Machines Etc.  for a 3rd repair of this kind. It may need to go to the factory.

So I set up my old Pfaff and gave it oil and cleaned out some of the inside. It looks like some glue was spilt down the lever up and down for the presser foot. I have used this machine for classes.
 Any way it works ok, and is quite good for free motion sewing. It will do for now. Its my workhorse for sewing up jeans. No need to panic, I can still work on a new project for a juried show using sari ribbon.
 
Until next time,
Donna

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Blogging Again, I hope!


Hi All,
I have been trying to blog on my new mini ipad without success, having trouble downloading my photos. I also find Facebook so easy to use! That is the reason I have been absent!
Above is one of the pages from my online class with Joanne Sharpe. I am way behind but I have all year to work on it!!! I am using my inktense pencils a lot and washi tape. I stick close to Joanne's lessons so I can assimilate all the new learnings. Which brings me to a lesson I learned while away on Holiday. I like to copy other artists' drawings so I can learn new details for my doodles in my working sketchbook. ( Reference: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon)  This is only for me but I do post photos on Facebook and give credit to the artist. One of my favourite artists asked me to remove my photo from my wall. I was very embarrassed and upset. I took it off my wall and sent an apology, which was accepted . I felt so bad I reworked the journal page and took out all the drawings, removed any photos I had of her art from my gallery and unfriended her. I thought I couldn't take the chance of copying her work again, even if some images are universal. I miss seeing her Facebook and I wish I had received a different reaction to my emulation of her work. I will try to be encouraging when another artist copies my work for their own learning. As a former art teacher, I always encouraged the kids to copy artwork as DaVinci encouraged his proteges to copy his work. I believe there is something to the idea that you learn better when you exercise your hand and it communicates your drawings to the brain. I'd love to hear what you think.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Oh Lucky Day!

I Need to Celebrate

  1. I found a tiny piece of my watch bracelet, it was attached to a canister of coconut from my mom's condo! How fortunate is that!
  2. I delivered a commissioned graffiti style art quilt on canvas. Its going to Saskatoon to a young lady. I had fun making this piece. 
  3. I picked up my art pieces from a friend. They had been in a show in Georgetown and I found out I sold an older floral piece I had contemplated in cutting up and recycling. 
  4. I am looking forward to see what happens next.
  5. Alas, I can't find a photo of that Art Quilt.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Joanne Sharpe's Online Class

Doodle Arts and Letters
with Joanne Sharpe
First Few Lessons


Book cover










Upside down! 
How did that happen?
More photos to come.




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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Long Time Away


Dear Friends,
I have been all consumed by many things these days. One is above. This is my new puppy, O'Guy ( Oggi). The name was my husband's idea. He keeps us very busy these days.
Next, I got an iphone! Wow a computer in my hand and I am following many artists on Facebook. That keeps me busy.
Taking my turn to visit my mom at the retirement home and helping to care for her needs is all consuming and a worry.
In the spring I did a huge commission of fibre art that took care of all my art time. Hugely rewarding.
Summer sees us busy looking after the family cottage. I did venture to Muskoka for an art retreat in July. We did Indigo dying in a lovely setting.
I am  busy sewing for studio tour these days, finishing up projects that I can sell.
I am  really retired now I have given up my school teaching job, I will miss it. On the other hand, I will do some teaching at the Art centre. I will continue to teach embroidery classes at my home that I started in May until I got Shingles!
So that is it in a nut shell!
More to come.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Last Photos of my little Oatis


 At home in January, waiting for his steak bone.


 Photo with his big brother, Mattie


 At Cedar Key FL, still feeling healthy


Last photo I took of Oatis, not feeling well. Getting his cuddles.


Rest in Peace, my little boy. We miss you so much. You were too young to go.
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