Sunday, December 21, 2014

Night Waltz Again

More detail pictures of "Night Waltz":
(Note the hair is made with yarn made from saris.)

Night Waltz

"Night Waltz"
10 3/4"  x  15"

Winter begins.  The shortest night of the year. Around and around our days and nights lengthen and shorten.  Our lives are a part of a larger order and rhythm.  Celebrate the dark as well as the light....and Dance!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Crayons

Thinking of being a kid and all the colors at Xmas.  It made me remember new crayons.  The array of colors, the ends sharpened instead of blunt, the little charge of excitement as you carefully choose which crayon to begin with.  And the fragrance, the perfume as you opened the nice that something this small is so warm and sweet.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Deep Thoughts

"I'm a feminist.
I've been a female for a long time now.
It'd be stupid not to be on my own side."
Maya Angelou

My Prince!

An old friend emailed this to me.  I made this for her years ago when she was having relationship difficulties and we discussed how men SHOULD be.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Three Wise Women

May they bring Love, Peace, and Kindness to our World.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pilgrim Gothic

My daughter and her friend, Eddie, get in the Thanksgiving spirit!

And my contribution:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Little Piece Of Work

Local Carbondale community artists have been asked to donate a piece of art on a 6" x 6" canvas.  These will all be hung together to create a "Creative Community Mosaic" when the new community arts space opens.  (I think to be auctioned later.)  My piece is made of yarns, ribbon, embroidery thread, and beads; these are woven and sewn together by hand and mounted on the canvas. 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For The Modern Witch -1927

I've always loved old illustrations and spent a lot of time trying to draw them.  Better yet, one would make me think of a story and the story dictated how I would draw the image.  As I write this, I realize this is basically how my art pieces emerge....

Birth Day For Taylor!

There is a wonderful young woman at my office who works the reception area, handles all the people who come for services,  AND all the providers who work there. She just had a new baby girl named Taylor.....This is her gift from me, made with a vintage handkerchief, and hand embroidered with vintage embroidery images.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Remembering Summer

The leaves left on the trees here are brown, the colors gone.  The world is greying into winter.  So one last glimpse of summer.


"Summer Tree"
Hand embroidered and appliqued.  The small leaves were individually cut out and sewn on by hand. 
Each leaf was also outlined with green, blue, or yellow fabric marker.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I was invited to participated in an art exhibit at the SIU library for the "Day Of The Dead".  Tied into this is the disappearance of the Monarch butterfly.  The name of this piece is "Ephemeral" and it is
16  3/4"  x  17".

The natural order is  The evolutionary rhythm is eternal and unchangeable, even as it is the source of constant change.  Nature's dance is never personal.  It both creates and destroys, but life always emerges from death, and death from life. 
Generations have dismissed signs and warnings of global catastrophe and we are now watching our world die; not naturally, but from human greed, power, and narcissism.  As we have been taking and taking from our world, without gratitude and stewardship, we have been killing her. 
On this Day Of The Dead, we honor the natural life cycle
and we grieve what humans have wrought. 


Coming And Going!

Well, I'm back.  My old business stuff is mostly settled.  Every time I think it's over, it shows up again.  I call it "The Thing That Wouldn't Die!"  It's kind of like a zombie dynamic.

However, I have finally begun to do my work again. So here goes.....!