Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FUMC 30th Fine Arts Exhibit

Greetings All,
You are invited to attend the 30th Fine Arts Exhibit
116 NE Perry Ave, Peoria, IL 61603
October 19-November 9, 2014
Opening Reception
Sunday, October 19, 2014
2:00pm - 4:00pm

This is Thirtieth Fine Arts Exhibit at First United Methodist Church in Peoria. This is a group exhibit that offers a special opportunities to explore the relationship of the spiritual as reflected through the arts.  I chose my piece "Smooth Jazz Clip-art" for this exhibit because jazz has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and I've heard it in and outside of church and we I discovered Duke Ellington "Sacred Concert" I was over joyed and I hope/pray that you will be also.  So if you are in the area do stop by and see the exhibit and let me know what you think.

11:00am - 3:00pm
9:30am - 12:30pm
By appointment
Phone Church office 673-3641

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Parking Lot Shibori update

Greetings All,
Here's an update of my latest "Parking Lot Painted Shibori for your viewing pleasure.  Below left is pink dyed cotton that was painted with Setacolor Raw Senna #25.  The 2nd color was applied with Setacolor Black Lake #19 (above right).

 My next piece was a melon dyed cotton that I applied the Raw Senna (below right) and my 2nd color was applied with Dye-na-Flow Azure Blue #814 (below left)

The next piece is a white polyester crepe that was painted with the Raw Senna (below left)  and the 2nd color was applied with Dye-na-Flow Emerald Green # 820 (below right).
 Above is a piece that started out white cotton with a metallic gold design printed on it.  I added Raw Senna and dark brown.  I have one more 80 degree day here in Peoria, IL and I shall do some more tomorrow before the rain comes and the cold.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Endeavors an exhibit.

Greetings All,
The opening receptions was a smash at the Foster Gallery of Christian Fine Art and here is a slide show to prove it.  I hope that you will enjoy it.

"Art is a means of grace, a channel by which God's love is made real to us . . . As a means of grace, art can help us grow in faith . . . Art can help us grow in knowledge of ourselves and knowledge of God's work in this world as expressed in that art . . . Art can help us grow in community when we gather to experience and create that art." Carol McPherson

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Memroial - I

Greetings All,
Here is my latest piece titled "Memorial - I".  It is simple in it's construction, but me most powerful in meaning.  It honors young unarmed black males that have been killed that we know of throughout the country.  I was thinking of these mothers and my heart aches for them being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Parking Lot Painted Shibori-update

 Greetings All,
Someone asked me if I work and my reply I am retired and can do what I want when I want to. I work all of the time, but not in a traditional job, I am working now as I type, I've been working on my "Parking Lot Painted Shibori" fabrics for two weeks now. For the last two day I have been using my 2002 Subaru Forster as my worktable and drying rack and love each step in the process.  I also need to say this for a long time I could not work, I could not find my flow, no inspiration.  But now I'm back!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mother Water-II

Greetings  All,
From time to time I have been asked to recreate a piece and sometimes it's been easy and other time not so.  I started Mother Water-II a year ago and could not get it finished until just now.  When I moved to Peoria, IL it was one of the hardest thing that I had ever done and I came with the excitement of learning how to work in an art gallery and thinking that I would have a space exhibit and to teach.  All of those dreams where shattered and I could not work.

I started this piece and it would just not flow.  I did some small pieces thinking that they would kick start my creative juices and that to did not work.  I have always been able to work through whatever I was going through, but this time it was different and I have been asking why the whole time.  What do you want me to learn from this part of my journey God?  I am still waiting for the answer.

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