Another Sunday post with a painting of a window.
This is from a card I found at Mom's. It is called, "A Summer Afternoon" and is by Helena Maguire (1860-1909). It is a very peaceful scene, and shows the upperclass Victorian world. I think her treatment of the sun hitting the lace curtains is especially nice. (I realize that I have had a cat in the window paintings for 3 Sundays in a row now...just happened!) When I was a girl of her age, I had a grandmother who told me that sewing on Sunday was not good. "If you sew on Sunday, you will take it out 'with your nose' on Monday". I assume that means painfully slow ripping out of the stitches.....(the frog stitch, "rip-it, rip-it").
This is another card relating to sewing. I think it is a very nice
photograph and reminds me of the things I have been sorting through at Mom's.....I came by my sewing addiction honestly!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Another Sunday post with a painting of a window.
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 7:18 PM
Thursday, September 27, 2007
[Up-dated on Sunday evening]....I'm home now and have scanned some of my
thread sketches.....the ones I mentioned in the text below.....
this one is "Pears and Pomegranate", and the next one is "Vintage Girl".
I stitched her hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, outlined her face and dress. I did not stitch her nose and mouth. I had added the collage of paper and fabric elements before I stitched. This is based on an old photo of my mom. The bird and the grapes were from some motifs she had sketched and saved for use in embroidery or other handwork.
I had a lovely "art day" yesterday trying the thread sketching technique fromKelli
Perkin's article (p.74) in the current (Sept-Oct) issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.
I don't have a scanner or camera....so these examples from Kelli are all I can use to illustrate this post. Black thread on watercolor paper....more later!
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 10:09 AM
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Another "moon thing".......... this is "Jimson Weed" (looking beautifulhere in the painting by Georgia O'Keefe)...this plant is the same family as night blooming, "Moonflower".
Beautiful and deadly. We lost a teenage boy, part of our extended family, this week.
[We don't know why (17 year-old kids will do wild things) or how many seeds he consumed, but he suffered a long time in intensive care and did not make it!]
I'm only posting this so that you can warn your children if you feel it is appropriate.
Jimson weed is not uncommon. We even have a variety of it in our town square gardens, it is a lovely white to purple trumpet shaped flower.
I think the Carl Sandburg poem posted with the harvest moon photo (below) is a good one for this year!
Monday, September 24, 2007
UNDER THE HARVEST MOON
UNDER the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Under the summer roses
When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,
Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,
And asks you
Beautiful, unanswerable questions.
Elizabeth over at "Be...dream....play" is having a Ball on September 26th to celebrate the Harvest Moon!
For a really dreamy evening, this could be my ballgown. A colorwash of gold, peach and orange...just like a chrysanthemum!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
A mystery.....same painting, two artists given credit.
This Sunday's "window" painting is this flower-filled window, with a teal green chair. On the Internet the darker version is called "Sunset" and attributed to artist John Marin. The lighter version ."Sitting Pretty", which I like the best, is attributed to artist Dawna Barton.
I think it was painted by Dawna Barton.....the works I've seen of John Marin, look nothing like this! (How did they ever mix this up?...hmmmm, probably running their Internet poster/art business from a country such as China, where English is not the first language and our art history isn't taught in their schools...do ya think?)
John Marin (1870-1953) was well known as a regional painter, whose major work was related to the seascapes of Maine. He worked in both oil and watercolor, using nature as his inspiration.
This one is called "Landscape" (oil on board) and features his signature zig-zag brush strokes. He loved Maine, even had his own little island, called "Marin Island". He wrote..."The solemn restful beautiful firs....the border of the sea."
This is a John Marin watercolor which I love!
It has a wonderful looseness and light-filled feeling. He was an expressionist and one of the first modern American painters, usually his work was based on nature.
So having reached the conclusion that John Marin did not paint the "window" painting which I am featuring today, I never-the-less enjoyed learning more about him and his work!!!!! and reading that Dawna Barton, a grandmother, has done a virtual "painting a day". I think John Marin became famous because of the right connections to the European and New York art scene, and Dawna has done well because her art appeals to people who like the romantic, realistic approach. (That is art to decorate with, tee hee!) Each artist has a distinct style (do you prefer one artist to the other?...tell me in a comment, please!) and has painted profusely to develop their art! ( That is what I need to do....but there are so many quilts to make too! Sigh!)
One more thing...if I wasn't addicted to posting and blogging, I would have more time to paint...but where would my audience be? You all have encouraged me SO MUCH!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
The first is a quilt called
"Indigo-a-Go-go" by Karen Stone, a well-known quilt artist.
The next image is a wood-carved "green-man" image. We have a similar image on a small wooden upholstered love seat which belonged to my grandfather. (I'm at mom's without a camera or scanner so I'm using other images for the posts! )
Now the odd thing is, that when you see these images together, you can see that both the flowers and the greenman have a raggedy, pointy edge. We could almost transpose him onto one of the blocks and he would fit right in!
A few days ago, I visited Harmony .She posted this test on her blog.
It relates to the Myers-Briggs Personality Profile. Harmony is an INFP. I am too!
(even Harmony's name fits with her personality type..."you strive for harmony...")
Libras are also supposed to be those who seek harmony....while knowing that things tend to always be a bit out of balance!
I'm trying to get "blogger" to bring the test up closer....but you may have to scroll down!
|You Are An INFP|
You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.
In love, you tend to have high (and often unrealistic) standards.
You are very sensitive. You tend to have intense feelings.
At work, you need to do something that expresses your personal values.
You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.
How you see yourself: Unselfish, empathetic, and spiritual
When other people don't get you, they see you as: Unrealistic, naive, and weak
Friday, September 21, 2007
"Indigo Pears" is one year old !
Logo from Indigo asian pear company
Pear and indigo images from the web..... Pears and Quail egg by Jeanie Chadwick.com
pears on indigo design on oilcloth
Pears and hydrangea
Crocheted afghan by Annie of "Little Rock Daily Photo"
Indigo Harmony by Horatio Gomez Revello
Pears on a wooden paddle
indigo comes in pink too!
So today, the autumn equinox, the first day of fall and my blog's birthday are all something for me to celebrate.....
I was watching "Good Morning America", where the winner of a new Haagen-dazs ice cream flavor based on a pear tart was announced.....along with a proclamation proclaiming NEW YORK city as "The Big Pear" for today....so much sychronicity!
(BTW, I am not crazy about pears as food...I like apples better! But pears are great models for us as we paint!)
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 6:59 AM
Thursday, September 20, 2007
"Anniversary Flowers" [aren't they gorgeous!? see the butterfly?] by Canadian watercolor artist, Pat Cleme.
I started this blog on September 21st last year!
I had been reading Daisy Lupin's blog, and decided I needed to make a comment...Blogger seemed to want me to start a blog before it would let me comment (probably meant to be! LOL!)
I'll be back tomorrow with my anniversary post.....
I'm spending this week at my mother's house, cleaning it and finding people to install a hand rail on the front steps and rails in the shower among other things!
Here is something about my quilting career that I came across while sorting things here!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
My friend Macrina sent me an e-mail yesterday with a wonderful poem. It makes me realize how I have grown wiser with age and experience (I hope!)
I especially love the line, "My book is an open life." I hope I am learning to be more "open" and compassionate and less controlling!
Photo taken in the backyard this morning....by me!
BTW, more looking back a few years, I have just posted a "collage in process" called "The Last Time I Saw Paris" on my, Arty Collages and Dolls blog.
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 7:02 AM
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
At my mom's I found this April 1965 issue of Woman's Day (15 cents!). Mom had saved it because of an article about American Quilts......I was drawn to the watercolors of flowers featured inside. They are by Ian Woodner, an architect, art collector and artist. [ He died in 1990 and his art collection, one of the foremost ever assembled, was given to the National Gallery of Art and to MOMA..the Museum of Modern Art.]
Seeing his paintings inspired me to do this one.
It is watercolor done in a watercolor sketchbook. I think I have gotten the "loose" element down in my floral paintings!
This last scanned image is a watercolor sketch from an old photo, trying to make a "stylized, iconic face" rather than just copy the photograph. I'm starting to explore this "icon" idea, to use in paintings and collages later...[One of my favorite artists, Marc Chagall, used what I call "icon" images or symbols in his paintings...horses, brides(based on his wife), roosters, fiddlers...]
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
|You Are Sunrise|
By the way, I am not much of an early riser!
I used to stay up late, (after the kids were asleep, my "real" life began)...now I can't stay awake that late...last night I fell asleep, reading Anthoy De Mello' s "Awarness" (ha!), about 9:00 p m!....but I was up this morning before the sun....Maybe I am changing? Life is lovely at both ends of the day!
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
|You Are a Purple Crayon|
Your color wheel opposite is yellow. While yellow people may be wise, they lack the manners and class needed to impress you.
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 8:38 PM