Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Life's A Beach!

The weather is amazing today! It feels like Spring has come to Ontario. We went on a long walk around the neighbourhood tonight, talking to neighbours with Oatis. I am still longing for the Beach, in Florida or at Lake Erie. I love the yellow green colours of spring and I can hardly wait to visit the cottage with our new dog and all the new buds bursting from the trees. And the robins will be back.

Close up of my Beach Symbols, made completely with painted Peltex with embroidery and beads.
Port Dover, on Lake Erie, has 2 transplanted palm trees on the beach. Who knew!

At the Beach, a mixed media piece on painted peltex.

I ordered lots of lutradur to further experiment with my symbols class that I took with Susan Sorrell. I also ordered Lesley Riley's book on Lutradur to further experiment with this unique material. Shoppellon delivered to Canada within a week with a very reasonable shipping rate. Thanks to Susan for the tip.
In other news, in the popular Ning forum: www.fibrearts/mixedmedia.com , Susan has set up new regional groups. Arlee started the Canadian Fibre Artists Group and we are having some good discussions. I am also participating in a Group called Barenaked Postcards and we are swapping one on one. I think Susan is going to open it up to the whole group until we have about 20 participants.

This is my Beach Symbols piece completed. I used raffia as a border with shells and vintage bead embellishment. I was motivated to finish to meet the deadline for the Cloth Paper Scissors Challenge. I've got my fingers crossed that it may be suitable for the magazine. Back to working on my Heart project for my show. Until next time, keep stitching friends!


Carol Wiebe said...

I am looking forward to your show, Donna!

I really need to try the lutradur: so many artists are doing wonderful things with it. Please post more about what is unique about working with this material and why it suits your style.

Diane said...

Looking forward to a review of the Lutradur book!

Wabbit said...

Love the header on your blog, Donna! I think your personal symbols piece would be perfect for the CPS challenge but can't recall when the deadline is.

And congrats on getting Oatis! Getting a new puppy sure is exciting. I'm not sure that I'm up to all the training these days though! He certainly is a cutie.

maggi said...

Lovely pieces Donna. I too would be interested in a review of the Lutrador book as I am not very inspired by it at the moment.