Monday, 25 May 2015


I've just been informed that it's my turn to choose the next person to select a colour for our next challenge... Phyllida it's your turn

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Colour challenges on display

I have taken advantage of an unexpected opening in the exhibition schedule of our local community centre to hang 21 of my Cityscapes.

Eight of these pieces were made in response to our 12 by the dozen colour challenges, and are shown below. Measuring 8.5" x 11", they are mounted on 10" x 12" gallery canvas, painted black.

Another four colour challenges will be included in the upcoming Hudson Artist Spring show, June 5 - 7, also at the Hudson Community Centre.

My solo show will run for the month of May, at 394 Main Road in Hudson, Quebec. Thanks to Michele Meredith for help with the mounting of the show!

Colour Compositions in Silk
 This series that I call Fields of Gold has come about by wanting to work with materials already in my studio and using my embellisher to make colour texture blends to continue to learn about composition. They are becoming more abstract  over time and are somewhat like saturated google earth snippits.
As the needles are blending the first layer down another one emerges from underneath which is a fascinating and beautiful thing to watch happening . This occurs when the underlying colour in the thread emerges and it will continue to blend on the surface creating a tapestry like effect.

At a recent painting demo the artist told us to  use 5 key words to describe a concept for a piece before starting and to retain them through to the completion of a project. I found it can be a good way to clarify intention.
I will be in the process of moving my studio soon and so was prompted to finally work with a beautiful selection of silks that my good friend ( and yours) Heather had passed my way, some time ago upon her switch to using only hand dyes in her work. Thank you Heather!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Our white challenge

I have been having a fascinating time looking at white. Is it really white or does it just look white because of its neighbouring colours?  Is it the contrast?  How much do you need for it to say: the focus of this piece is white!

What would constitute a white piece for me?  A piece of white cloth with black lines sketching out something?  How about something inspired by Piet Mondrian - lots of white.  In the past I have made a piece for the Steps challenge which was white 'snow' (actually a faux chenille technique).

Thank you, Jinnie.  I'm not saying this is easy but it has been a pleasure looking for inspiration.  And, BTW, I haven't decided on anything yet - typical.


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

It's been more than a month since Jinnie threw down the gauntlet with her "Lily White" challenge, and I thought I would share with you my first response to the subject. Not to worry: "Santa Cruz de Tenerife" didn't make the cut, and another one is waiting on the sidelines for the official reveal.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife
For years I have had a photo of Tenerife, torn from a travel magazine, posted on my design wall. I have always loved Mediterranean hillside towns, the way they have developed so organically, adapting to a twist of the road or an outcropping of rock. They look a bit like termite nests, though more picturesque, of course.

"Lily White" is very much a challenge for me, as I find it difficult to work with white. So often in nature, white reflects the colours around it. Nevertheless, I decided this was the Big Moment for the Mediterranean Hillside Town.

I chose a printed cotton, a mottled green-and-brown Stonehenge, to suggest the vegetation and rock that serves as a background to the dwellings, and then blocked in the large white shapes with a facing of white cotton, to minimize show-through of the dark background. Then I cut small squares and rectangles of white, beige, grey, tan and orange to serve as the buildings themselves. The windows are so small they are indicated with ink, and the stitching in grey thread goes all around the small shapes to secure them.

I am happy with this piece, which serves to remind me of a visit to the Canary Islands a few years ago, but have settled on another scene I want to translate into fabric for our 12 by the Dozen challenge. Meanwhile, this will make a nice addition to the dozen cityscapes I have made in this 8.5" x 11" format.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Colour Thesaurus

It's a good job we didn't have this when we began our current round of challenges -

Monday, 2 March 2015


Continuing in the theme of my daughter's wedding, I submit my piece for the colour 'sand.'

A conceptual piece.