New small work

I have been working on some new small pieces. I’ve been very pleased with how they are turning out.  This is one that will be for sale for $125. It is framed in a black oak frame and can be hung vertically or horizontally. Measurements are 5 x 11.5 inches.  Sorry for the wonky photo!


Death by Chocolate

The left overs from luscious Fanny Mae chocolates were destined for an art project. Like the chocolates, too good to waste. I’ve been saving that piece of fabric for something special and wish I had more of it. My favorite go-to product for mixed media is Mod-Podge. Superior for glueing and sealing.  Stay tuned for the finished project.


A4 Art Quilt challenge December 2014 Architecture

The December theme was Architecture. /definitions…

  • the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.
  • the style in which a building is designed or constructed, especially with regard to a specific period, place, or culture.
  • the complex or carefully designed structure of something.

That was a difficult them for me because my work is more organic.  I chose door number three: the complex designed structure of something…an art quilt.

Architecture theme 2014

Janice Paine Dawes December 2014 Challenge Architecture

This was constructed by first strip piecing hand painted and hand dyed scraps for the background. Then I added scraps from my Seashore themed artist trading cards from this month. Those were positioned on the background and wonky machine stitching  holds it all together. I have a Styrofoam block I made and I printed this all over in black for depth. A few wonky hand stitches to go with my commitment to adding slow stitching to my work and I called it done.

Parroting Robert Genn for 2015 Word

Today’s Robert and Sara Genn newsletter was particularly great. They are all great, but some resonate more than others.

Today it was all about style, or as we sometimes call it, voice.  It talked about finding your uniqueness that makes your work above simply ‘nice’ work.  I know a lot of painters and quilt artists who’s work is nice enough, competent, but lacks something so that the viewer looses interest. Its that difference that sets your work apart from standard fare. And is probably that illusive thing that juries and judges look for. You can read the newsletter here .

I hope I’m on that road to finding my own uniqueness as I set out on a few new adventures in 2015. I guess that’s my word for 2015. UNIQUENESS.  I hope I can live up to it.