Fun Friday

Some days I just have way too much fun.  I try to have one day a week where I just play or go on an Artist’s Date–generally Fun Friday. I had in mind to photograph a special outdoor exhibit at Crystal Bridges and then spend the afternoon playing in my studio with paint sticks, dye and colored pencils. I never made it back to the studio.

First I went to Crystal Bridges to photograph some 15-foot scultpures, The Four Seasons.  These are fiberglass sculptures by Philip Haas, which he based on the 1635 Italian Renaissance paintings (The Four Seasons) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The sculptures are set in the woods on the Orchard Trail, with the exception of Winter, which is next to the lower entrance to the museum. Here is a distant view of Spring to give you an idea of the setting and then some close-ups.

Spring (After Arcimboldo)

Spring (After Arcimboldo) by Philip Haas, 2011

Spring (After Arcimboldo), 2011

Spring (After Arcimboldo), 2011, Philip Haas

Spring, detail

Spring, detail

Spring, detail

Spring, detail

Spring, detail

Spring, detail

Summer (After Arcimboldo), 2011

Summer (After Arcimboldo), 2011, Philip Haas

Summer, detail

Summer, detail

Summer, detail

Summer, detail

Autumn (After Arcimboldo), 2011

Autumn (After Arcimboldo), 2011, Philip Haas

Autumn, detail

Autumn, detail

Autumn, detail

Autumn, detail

Winter (After Arcimboldo), 2011

Winter (After Arcimboldo), 2011, Philip Haas

Winter, detail

Winter, detail

Winter, detail

Winter, detail

Inside, we could see the smaller models of these sculptures. It was such a beautiful day and the museum was busy with school and church groups from Tulsa and Lenexa (Kansas), with more streaming in so I photographed a few things and went back outside.

Spring (After Arcimboldo) Maquette

Spring (After Arcimboldo) Maquette, 2010, Philip Haas

Summer (After Arcimboldo) Maquette

Summer (After Arcimboldo) Maquette, 2010, Philip Haas

Autumn (After Arcimboldo) Maquette

Autumn (After Arcimboldo) Maquette, 2010, Philip Haas

Winter (After Arcimboldo) Maquette, 2010

Winter (After Arcimboldo) Maquette, 2010, Philip Haas

Interesting that Haas used “maquette,” French for scale model rather than plastico or modello, the Italian. Regardless, these sculptures are exciting to me for their large scale and attention to detail.

But my fun did not end here.  See my next post today for notes from the trails. Sometimes I just don’t want the day to end but there is always tomorrow, right?

 

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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 and 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 handicraft 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 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. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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