I’ve spent a lot of time this week working on a new piece that’s not ready yet for viewing, but I’ve been doing some painting in between the times that I’m puttering toward organizing things and times when I’m letting ideas about my new work percolate. I love painting again…been so long.
It’s the fourth in the series: Family Stories. I’m not sure who took this photo of my mother as a young woman during the depression at work in a cigar shop. It was most likely one of her brothers. I love this shot. It just brings the viewer right there past time and place. This art quilt is in her honor. In case you’re wondering, those tiny bundles sewed onto the cloth are my offerings to the ancestors pictured in each quilt. Hope you like it Irma Muriel Bushee-Doucette!
This one was a long time in the making. I have to say, I love when I can sit and do hand embroidery. This one is such a free flow recording of mark making left to the Muses devices. I’d say it’s one of those pieces of art that is best described as emotional expression and it may actually be a fairly accurate description of a good part of my personal internal struggle as my art practice develops. I can only see that now that it’s done.
I can’t honestly say that the issues have been entirely resolved but then again, are they ever? But there is some sense of direction taking place and for that, I am happy and looking forward!