Just when you thought Halloween was over and it was safe, I finally get around to my somewhat spooky Jamie Wyeth paintings. This has been my screen saver for over a month now and is one of my favorites. The Headlands of Monhegan Island, Maine, 2007.
It’s hard to see, but there are people in the upper right hand corner throwing their Halloween pumpkins into the sea, a yearly island tradition.
Then we have Meteor Shower (1993) and Raven (1980).
Here is Pumpkin Shadow (1977), Pumpkinhead: Self-Portrait (1972), my self-portrait and close-up of my pumpkinhead costume. I stuffed the pumpkinhead with blank newsprint and it stands well on its own. Everyone loved my costume but I could not wear it for very long because it was really hot. Next year I think I’ll just sew a mask or use makeup.
and Inferno, 2006, more seagulls, a recurring theme.
Here is my daughter as Persephone and Gene Simmons also dropped by.
Here is Louise Bourgeois’ 30-foot tall sculpture, Maman (1999), a close-up of the egg sack and the window decal, all at Crystal Bridges.
So it’s off to the races for the day, with mundane things on the menu like laundry, paperwork, packing up Halloween till next year, and maybe I’ll finally get my quilt labels printed out and write out step-by-step instructions with photos. Enjoy the fall weather if you have it.
Once again, I am so far behind I can never die. I thought I was so smart a few weeks ago when I scheduled three posts so you wouldn’t even know I was gone. I forgot that I always come back from a trip and am useless for a week and then busy the next week trying to catch up on everything. Soooo, here are some previews of future posts if I ever get back in the groove.
Photos of belly dance fusion workshops and performance in Tulsa starring my daughter, AKA Isidora Hart.
The Grandmother’s Flower Garden Project: FINISHED.
The (neverending) Orange Slice Project: ALMOST FINISHED.
Update on Rubber Duckie.
Jamie Wyeth IV: Halloween.
Quilt labels. But wait, there’s more. Just not today. Have a wonderful weekend.
Here are some early drawings by Jamie Wyeth plus a small portrait by his father, Andrew Wyeth. What a talent at age 5 (and at 17 and on).
D’Artagnan with his head thrown back by Jamie,age 5.
I had to take some of these at weird angles because there was too much glare from museum lights. Jimmy Lynch came in to pose looking like a bad boy. He received his draft notice the next day. The pose of Lincoln Kirstein is interesting–he was observing a ballet from the wings.
And, of course, Andy Warhol’s portrait of Jamie Wyeth.
Smile, you could be on Candid Camera.
Here are some photos from the Jamie Wyeth exhibit at Crystal Bridges.
Next time, we’ll go “Down to the sea.” As for Cornflakes, that was the main cold cereal in our house growing up. But here is what my mom did with the cereal box–glued on paper and made holes for me to practice my embroidery stitches. I think I was five.
Got milk? (Actually I really cannot stand cornflakes unless I add copious amounts of sugar.) Next time, “Drawings and portraits.” Want to see my etchings?
I have now finished appliqueing The Grandmother’s Flower Garden to the background. I was writing a blog on The Quilt Show when I was putting this miniature together. For all intents and purposes, those blogs are gone forever. I now save my blogs to ensure against loss. Anyway, I’ll back up just a little to show how to put a hexie flower together, no matter what the size. I start by adding three petals to the center.
After this, you can fill in the last three hexies by starting on the outside edge and sewing the three sides without breaking your thread.
After adding two more petals in this manner, you will now have a completed hexie flower. Sweet.
When I started this project, I used cotton thread–don’t ask me why because using silk thread hides the stitches so much better, which is what I used to applique this project to the background. I decided to practice quilting on just one flower. I just stitched around the center hexie using the edge of my open toed applique foot (Janome F2) and 2.2 stitch length. This is what I’ll do to quilt this project, after layering with a thin batting like Thermolam.
On my sample piece, I marked some lines with a Frixion pen (marks will disappear with a hot iron) and then just echo-stitched around the entire piece. After finishing the edges, this can be a mug rug.
This week I will layer this project and start quilting. It’s a great feeling to near the end of another UFO.
Tomorrow I’m going to run away and take some pictures of the Jamie Wyeth exhibit at Crystal Bridges. That and the Andy Warhol Nature Exhibit will be closing October 5. In the meantime, Hwy 71 is Thunder Road for the next day or so with the end of Bikes Blues and BBQ in Fayetteville. The count was 400,000 last I heard — some mighty cool bikes and riders out and about. Safe journeys home, all.