Monday, October 8, 2018

The Texture of Life

I love texture.  I love to see it and absorb it and then translate it.  It reminds me of my life at the moment....filled with textures that I am trying to absorb and translate.  I will let you know what I find out???

Wavy Stripes 

iron beehive
Russian Museum - Minneapolis, MN

This past month I took a journey back in a High School gathering, in Minneapolis.
Two years ago, I had gone back to celebrate a significant High School Reunion.  Honestly, we all had so much fun, we decided that we really didn't want to wait too long to we took the nearest "0" birthday (as I like to call them) and had a significant "Birthday Bash"!  A lady never tells her age, so you will just have to guess how old we all are.    I promised myself that this time, I would just celebrate friendships and explore Minneapolis, and the areas where my family had lived.  

I also chose to visit some of the wonderful sights of Minneapolis.  First up was the American Swedish Institute, which I have always wanted to see.  It's a mansion,  really, that is magnificent, all by itself, but imagine my surprise when there was and exhibit of Gudron Sjoden!

The creativity of the displays were astonishing.
I was taken away with this paintbox, in which they used Scarves
as the paint along with these gigantic
 paint brushes.

I knew nothing about this woman, but now I am a huge fan of her work.  She is a painter and a textile artist, with a funky and fun, clothing line.  Her use of color just takes my breath away and it makes me want to go wild with my painting.  I know....that will never happen!

This quilt is filled with texture and line and COLOR!

see what I mean?  lots of color and fun in the clothing line.

This photo is pretty dark, but can you see the crown?
the embroidery?  and that slip? 

Paint brushes were used as the heads.
Also, She uses three strong color palettes:

This is her creative process
Patterns, Texture, Color, style

I think that Gudron must be a wildly happy person, filled with the joy of life.  She projects this in all of her work.  There were also a few more quilts that I will share, just because I love her work so much.  

You can go on line and find her clothing and work.  She is also on instagram, which is fun!
So if you need a lift and want some colorful ideas for clothing, or art work,
remember her!

I will now share what I have been working on for the past month.  I finally......finally, finished up my rock painting.  I seem to get slower with my work, and sometimes a piece just doesn't hold my interest, but eventually, I complete it, whether I love it or not.  The good and the bad and the ugly all have a place in my heart.  I did try to capture the textures of the rocks.

"Rocking Maine" 

After I completed the rocks, I went in a totally different direction.  I took out some watercolor paper (cold press 140 lb - which is not what I would ordinarily use), my watercolors & just threw out a painting.  Here is the result:

My Cala lily kids

I decided to repeat it in colored pencil.
I will share that next month

I will leave you with these chiming bells that were at the Walker Art Center outdoor Sculpture Garden.  We enjoyed a sunny, breezy afternoon there, and the sounds captured my heart.  I hope that this blogger video works, as this is the first time I have tried it.  

Minneapolis is a wonderful city and we explored all of it.  But what it really comes down to, in most cities is the people, and Minneapolis has wonderful people.  It may get cold there in the winter, but the hearts of my high school friends, and everyone else we met in this amazingly diverse city, had the warmest hearts around.  



Of course, I have a preference, and if you know me, you will know exactly what I would prefer, but voting is a privilege that we have in the United States, so take time to understand and study the amendments - then go to the polls and vote.    Your government is all about YOU and what YOU want and need.  If you don't vote, you can't complain.  That's all.

And lastly, lastly:  


In loving memory
Bunny G
1951 - 2018
She epitomized all that was good in the world
I will miss her more that she will ever know.