The year is just about at it's close and 2015 has been incredible for me. It marks the end of my third year as an exhibiting artist. This year I had two solo exhibitions, numerous commissions, lots of teaching and the usual yearly shows/sales including Gardenscape, Artisan and Sundog. I have never been busier in my life. Looking back through my calendar for the year, I realized that I haven't taken any amount of time off since February, so it's time for a bit of a break. Well......maybe not exactly a work break....maybe more of a playtime break. It's time to try some new techniques and new materials.
I also need lots more photos for inspiration, especially winter photos. This winter has been a mix of very mild and lately, rather cold. But the mild weather produced fog and hoar frost and the opportunity to take my camera to two of my favourite haunts for some photos.
This first photo is of my favourite and much stitched tree at Beaver Creek. I can actually see this tree from my living room window. I think I've stitched this tree in more pieces than anything else over the last few years. It's formed the basis for about 10 pieces and has been dressed up to be an apple tree, a moonlit tree to name just a few. It's no longer alive, but I really hope the Conservation Area people never cut it down as to me, it's the perfect shape.
This is a group of branches from a thick grove of trees along the roadway just north of where I live. The snow has stuck to the branches and accentuates their shape. I interpreted this photo in black and white and am considering stitching it that way.
Again, across the same road. There was just enough snow to accentuate the lines.
A shrub thick with frost in our yard.
There's something very appealing about the monochromatic color scheme of winter.
This past year I stitched several pet portraits, one of which follows.
A Cranberry Flats lily.
A scene at Blackstrap.
And finally, a view across the river at Borden.
These are some of the pieces I completed over the past year. These have all sold except the lily and the dandelion.
I'd like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to the people who bought my artwork this year. Without your patronage, my walls would be very full! Thank you to "J" who bought Late September, to Jody (Lichen Study on a Maple Tree), to Joyce (Bird's Eye), to Betty (A Field Near Borden), to Judy (First Snow), to Jane (Flaming Chokecherry), to Colleen (Jogging Path), to Roger (River's Edge) (incidentally, happy anniversary), to Bernice (Lakeside); and to Marigold who purchased A Painted Field for her daughter, to Cathy (the Wagon Wheel), to all the people who purchased my work at my two exhibitions and through the SK Craft Council Boutique and the Handwave Gallery (sorry, I don't have your names), not to mention the numerous mini pieces and cards, etc. Thank you all so very much.
I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to June of Handwave Gallery for your support, to Donna at the Craft Council for answering to my numerous questions and last, but never least, to my wonderful husband Adrian for the cooking, cleaning, and constant support that you supply without question. Today marks our 30th anniversary and I'm looking forward to the next 30! You people have made my year!!
I'm looking forward to 2016 very much and the chance to try some new work. I hope you all have a great holiday season and a very Happy New Year. Until then.......remember.......
(yes it will!!!)