Sunshine Artist Trading Card

This month’s theme for my ATC, artist trading card, group is Sunshine. I can’t think of sunshine without thinking of shadows. And the one thing that says sunshine to me is a peanut butter kiss, they make sunshine in my mouth and make me smile.  So, because it was just Halloween I have been hoarding kisses and the papers they are wrapped in.  The papers became the base for the cards.

I covered the crinkled waxed paper with black ink and rubbed it off to highlight the crevices. Then I tore them unevenly to make the Ozark hills, used dyed dryer sheets and mulberry paper for the sunkissed sky, added dark tree trunks with the sunlight hitting them. You can see some of the view I see on drives in the fall.

Gallery show at the Library

 Here are a few shots from the show over the weekend. For a small show featuring 13 Art Odyssey artists there was a great turn out. In the past, I’ve done really large shows with a lot of costs that didn’t result in as many sales. Ron was really happy that his efforts paid off as studio assistant.  So here is an overall shot [we only had a 6 ft. table] and a detail shot of my little framed fragments.

table show copy

State of the Art at Crystal Bridges

All I can say is with the exception of a couple art works, this was an outstanding exhibit. The curators went around the USA to collect the work for this. Ron and I thought it was one of the best we have seen. Crystal Bridges has a world renowned collection of art in their permanent collections. We specifically went to see the State of the Art exhibition.  Click the link for information, videos, artist interviews and more from Crystal Bridges.

Upon entering the hall with the State of the Art exhibition, we were wowed by this gigantic art quilt. I wanted to post a photo of Ron standing in front of it so you could see the scale.  Gina Phillips, Fort Dirt Hole, 2013. She refers to her work as narrative imagery. It is fascinating to see a textile/fiber artist and how she works. It you have time watch the video posted on the Jonathan Ferrera Gallery Blog about her work. Scroll down about half way  until you see the link that says ‘see more artwork by Gina Phillips’. You will get to see inside her studio and hear in her own words what inspires her.

I’ll post more photos from the museum and grounds at a later date.


A4 Challenge Art Quilt

Lay down my Burden_JPaineDawes

One of my all time favorites that Elvis Presley sang is “Down by the Riverside”. And one of my favorite places to be is the calm and peace of the White River at sunrise and sunset. The light reflects on the water and the woods reflect back onto themselves. It is a great place to ‘lay your burden down’ and reflect on your life.

This is a hand dyed piece of textured cotton in browns and yellow on white. It was a perfect reflection. Trees and grasses are free form stitched in browns and colors. Accents of orange leaves, blue water and sky were done with Prismacolor pencils.

Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas

I’ll make a few posts on our trip this week, there is just way too much to post in one day. I don’t want to bore you.

I’ll start with some of the gorgeous fall foliage in these beautiful Ozarks.  Crystal Bridges has amazing trails and walkways that were carefully carved out of the hillsides with as little impact as possible. They are nearly seamless as they wind through the trees and streams. The walkways where they needed vegetation have been planted with native Ozark plants. Here are a few of them.

This is not the sun shining on the tips, but the fluorescent yellow green this plant turns in the fall. Perfect against the red of the hydrangea leaves.  All you eco dyers out there, don’t you want to get your hands on those leaves?


Arkansas Ansonia and Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Arkansas Amsonia and Oak Leaf Hydrangea




Full Urban Textures Quilt @ Market

I wasn’t sure about showing the full view of the quilt I made for market, but saw a couple on FB so assume it is OK to post this now.

I wanted a simple design that would showcase my fabric design and be beginning quilter friendly. Most of the colors come from the diverse value and color shifts of each colorway. There is a solid black, cobalt and red added to the mix.  I love this fabric and hope it sells well at market.

painedawes_out of the concrete