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Jamie Wyeth IV: Halloween Redux

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.

The Headlands of Monhegan Island, Maine, 2007

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).

Meteor Shower, 1993

Meteor Shower, 1993

Raven, 1980

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.

Pumpkin Shadow, 1977

Pumpkin Shadow, 1977

Pumpkinhead, Self-Portrait, 1972

Pumpkinhead, Self-Portrait, 1972

Pumpkinhead

Pumpkinhead

Pumpkinhead

Pumpkinhead

and Inferno, 2006, more seagulls, a recurring theme.

Inferno, Monhegan

Inferno, Monhegan

Here is my daughter as Persephone and Gene Simmons also dropped by.

Persephone

Persephone

Persephone

Persephone

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons

Persephone

Persephone

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.

Maman

Maman

Maman

Maman

Egg Sack, Maman

Egg Sack, Maman

Sign for Maman

Sign for Maman

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.

Previews of Upcoming Posts

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.

Arms Workshop

Arms Workshop

The Grandmother’s Flower Garden Project: FINISHED.

Miniature Quilt Finished

Miniature Quilt Finished

The (neverending) Orange Slice Project: ALMOST FINISHED.

Painting Background

ainting Background

Update on Rubber Duckie.

Fun Fridays.

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Upcoming staycation.

Jamie Wyeth IV: Halloween.

More Halloween.

Jack Skellington Fingerless Gloves

Jack Skellington Fingerless Gloves

Quilt labels.  But wait, there’s more.  Just not today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Jamie Wyeth II: Drawings and portraits (some nudity)

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).

Jamie in Blue Sweater, Study of Jamie by the Fireplace, 1969

Jamie in Blue Sweater, Study of Jamie by the Fireplace, 1969

Detail

Detail

D’Artagnan with his head thrown back by Jamie,age 5.

D'Artagnan, 1951

D’Artagnan, 1951

Musketeers, 1951

Musketeers, 1951

Portrait of Shorty, 1963

Portrait of Shorty, 1963

Draft Age (Jimmy Lynch),1965

Draft Age (Jimmy Lynch),1965

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.

Portrait of Lincoln Kirstein, 1965

Portrait of Lincoln Kirstein, 1965

Portrait of John F. Kennedy, 1967

Portrait of John F. Kennedy, 1967

Self-Portrait, 1969

Self-Portrait, 1969

Fred Hughes and Andy Warhol, 2005

Fred Hughes and Andy Warhol, 2005

Nude, Three-Quarter Figure, Nuryev (Study #18), 1977

Nude, Three-Quarter Figure, Nuryev (Study #18), 1977

Nuryev--Don Quixote--Yellow Background, 2001

Nuryev–Don Quixote–Yellow Background, 2001

Nuryev--Purple Scarf, 2001

Nuryev–Purple Scarf, 2001

Profile, In Fur, Nuryev, 1977

Profile, In Fur, Nuryev, 1977

Profile with Black Wash Background,Head, Nuryev (Study #23), 1977

Profile with Black Wash Background,Head, Nuryev (Study #23), 1977

Andy Warhol-Facing His Right (Study #15), 1976

Andy Warhol-Facing His Right (Study #15), 1976

Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1976

Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1976

A.W. Working on His Piss Series, 2007

A.W. Working on His Piss Series, 2007

And, of course, Andy Warhol’s portrait of Jamie Wyeth.

Jamie Wyeth, 1976

Jamie Wyeth, 1976

Smile, you could be on Candid Camera.

Jamie Wyeth I: Keepin’ em’ down on the farm

Here are some photos from the Jamie Wyeth exhibit at Crystal Bridges.

Bale, 1972

Bale, 1972

Run (1959?)

Run (1959?)

Cornflakes, 1985

Cornflakes, 1985

Barn Owls, Immature, 2006

Barn Owls, Immature, 2006

Goat Tree, 2006

Goat Tree, 2006

P1020384And The Seven Deadly Sins.  Wyeth had a macabre streak.  Each of these paintings has a bright red rim around the edge and each sin was spelled out in red letters on the frame.

The Seven Deadly Sins-Gluttony, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Gluttony, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Pride, 2008

The Seven Deadly Sins-Pride, 2008

The Seven Deadly Sins-Anger, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Anger, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Envy, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Envy, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Sloth, 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins-Sloth, 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins-Lust, 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins-Lust, 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins-Greed, 2008

The Seven Deadly Sins-Greed, 2008

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.

Embroidery

Embroidery

Embroidery

Embroidery

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?

The Grandmother’s Flower Garden Project

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.

Sewing Hexies

Sewing Hexies

Sewing hexies

Sewing hexies

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.

Sewing hexies

Sewing hexies

Sewing hexies

Sewing hexies

Sewing hexies

Sewing hexies

After adding two more petals in this manner, you will now have a completed hexie flower.  Sweet.

Finished hexie flower

Finished hexie flower

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.

Hexies

Hexies

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.

Quilting hexie flower

Quilting hexie flower

Hexie flower quilting

Hexie flower quilting

This week I will layer this project and start quilting.  It’s a great feeling to near the end of another UFO.

Finished applique

Finished applique

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.