Oh Blue Heron Come to Me

The State of the Art exhibit at Crystal Bridges is coming to a close so my daughter and I went for one final look.  The part of the exhibit on the south end will close after Monday, but we will still be able to view the rest of the exhibit for perhaps a couple more weeks.  I’ll upload more photos with my next post, but here is Alexx coming out of the Reflecting Room (by Dan Steinhilber).


This room–the walls, the ceiling, the benches, and the floor–is covered in silver mylar (think helium balloons).  There is a fan which keeps the walls suspended–until it shuts down.  Then the walls start creeping down gradually.  If you wanted the full effect, you would enter when the ceiling lights were on and the room would go dark as the walls inched down.  Somehow the timing has gotten off and the lights stayed on until the fan started again and then the lights were off for a little while.

There is a strange figure sitting atop a garbage can in the room–not sure why–and today there was a hole in the mylar on the floor–there are many patches on the floor because this room has seen a lot of feet (and perhaps a few stilettos).


After dropping dear daughter off, I went down to the dam on Lake Bella Vista, sitting on the rocks with my cushion, waiting for the blue heron.  After weeks of cold, it was nearly 60 today.  I figured I was a little early (or a little late)–I often see one or both herons at 12:30 or 3:30, but you really never know when they will show up.  I quietly snapped pictures; I sat stock still; I even tried singing them in (yes, I have a heron song).  After two hours, I stood up to get some circulation in my derriere and sure enough, the blue heron popped by but not in front of me as I had hoped.  S(he) was quite a ways off and while trying to focus in, (s)he flew off.  Then the fisherman who had been in the same spot earlier came down across from me, so I figured it was time to go home.  I’ll try again next week after the holiday.  Have a great weekend.


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Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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