Monday, May 29, 2017

Spring Fair and Plant Sale at Trailside

Signage for the Arts and Crafts Booth

The Spring Fair and Plant Sale is a major fundraiser for the Demonstration Garden at Trailside (Watchung Reservation). The master gardeners and the interns in the Master Gardener program put in tremendous amount of time and physical work before and during the fair. This event is particularly useful for interns to pick up significant chunk of volunteer hours needed to complete the program.  I was asked to manage the Arts and Crafts section, which ended up being much fun. I made about three dozen catnip toys and half a dozen totes from re-purposed burlap rice bags. There were other items for sale also and we sold $150/ worth of craft items. It was a respectable amount given that the people were there for buying the plants. While at it, I taught a young girl how to make a catnip mouse and gave her a free sample of catnip too. I may have set her on a lifetime of crafty path!


Market Totes 



Catnip Toys
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Butterfly on Rocks





A little butterfly painted on a little rock nestling in a little wood box. I bought a whole bag of these Mexican beach pebbles from a local garden center for landscaping in my yard. But their nice oval shape and polished surface make for a tempting substrate to paint on.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nature's Rhythm





It is never truly spring till the birds come to take a bath. After a few late winter storms and freezing temperatures, finally this morning  there was this female cardinal luxuriating in a warm bath all fluffed up while the mate watched from the nearby forsythia bush. It was a comforting sight. Then in the afternoon I saw a handful of dark eyed juncos and a robin. Now I can say, spring is here.









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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Botanica


Enrolling in Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener program has made plants of all types an ever expanding source of inspiration for my art. As part of the program I will be completing some of the required sixty  hours of volunteer work in the herb garden. The herbs above and below were created using papercut techniques.





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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Is It Spring Yet?


The winter storm ten days ago not only caught the humans off-guard but also seemed to have confused the birds and the plants. Though the days are sunny and bright there is still snow on the ground. The birds are quiet and the early spring flowers are dormant. Everything seems to be in a holding pattern.The sketch above and the painting below were inspired by the uncertainty in the air.




In other news, I got me a new sewing machine Ever Sewn Sparrow 25. Using the new machine, I made two pairs of draperies for the bedroom. There was a little bit of learning curve especially in the threading of the bobbin. But once that was overcome, it was a smooth sailing. 




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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sundial



It was intended to be a simple project: alter a large plain canvas into something that could be hanged over the fireplace. My original plan was to apply a background paint in pink and then cover the entire canvas with doodles using a white puffy paint. In my mind's eye, I had imagined white doodles standing out  brightly against the pink background. Alas, it did not turn out that way. It actually looked depressingly vapid!


So, I glazed the whole painting with a wash of blue. 


It was an improvement from the previous one but still not satisfactory. Then I decided that if I am in for a penny, I might as well be in for a pound. So more layers of doodles and more layers of glazing followed
After all that,  it still looked like a nicely layered background lacking a focal point. I was reluctant to make it into a collage project since it was a large canvas (36"x 24") and would involve days of work. The idea of adding embroidery (or more like string art) came to me in sleep. The next morning, I started on it as soon as I got up.


After a couple of hours it looked like this. 


It finally felt complete and ready to take its place above the mantelpiece. 



It wasn't a complicated project involving complex techniques. What it needed was lots of creative thinking to bring it together.

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