We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Tulip fields

 Here is my second quilt for this year:

I am focussing on aerial views and this one is a view of the tulip fields we have here in the Netherlands. The flowers are not yet blooming, it is too early for that but when they do it looks so ful of joy. All the fabrics I used for this piece are my own hand dyed ones.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Finished!!! Piece Six completed!!

And just in time!  Now the whole set is ready to package up and send to Elaine!

The final piece is from another of my own macro photos. Taken in a small East Texas town park. An old log cabin sun bleached to a pearly gray. The spiky green plants adding a great pop of color.

Here it is with its original macro photo.


Now I can breathe !  Whew!!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Wounded Tree Completed - #5

Here is number five for Beaujolais.  I really had fun with bark cloth and shiva sticks on this one.  Here it is with its original macro photo.

Wounded Tree

The sixth and final piece is well under way so I'll be mailing it by the end of the month as promised.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Voyager 2014

This year I would like my theme within "earth" to be trees. Especially those trees found within South Africa . Trees really feed my soul !!!  My first one will be the South African baobab which is different from the ones found in Madagascar .
I can't wait to start.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

A Twist of Lemon

A Twist of Lemon – January 2014

For my quilts this year, I have decided to depict fruit and vegetables that grow in the “Earth” around where I live here in the south of France.
Lemons are one of the citrus fruits that grow very well especially along the coast on the Côte d'Azur near the town of Menton and one can buy all sorts of products based on the lemon.
I also want to include more of my own fabric, stencilled and stamped using the Gelli plate, as well as more hand embroidery. I am a fan of Jane LaFazio's work, an artist from San Diego, and have taken some inspiration from her.
I first produced lemon related drawings, made some stencils and masks and played for an afternoon producing a pile of fabric from which I selected pieces I wanted to use. I made a slice of lemon from evolon and felt and printed on fabric some information about lemons.
Putting all this together was fun and I always enjoy hand embroidery.

I started this year thinking I would do some work that challenged me and was a bit different from what I am naturally drawn to doing, so thought i would do the Earth - patterns theme. I made a small quilt based on the patterns at Giant's Causeway in Ireland. It was grey! I looked at it for a day or two and thought it was awful - just not me! so I made another one. Now I am much happier. I am going to develop the Earth - people theme and try to make 6 quilts all with faces on. This will really challenge me as I often try to miss out the faces and do a back view of people. Who knows - it might just be too much of a challenge. I might try an applique quilt next.
I painted the face and then appliqued the turban and clothes. A technique I have used a few times.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Eureka!! I think I've got it!!

Have been mulling over the "earth" theme for 2014 and not getting inspiration at all. Didn't have much time to give it due to the deadline for the 2013 pieces I'm about to finish.

Then out of the blue....it came to me!!  I will be doing interesting and/or famous natural formations on planet earth.  Here is my list so far:  Morning Glory Pool (Yosemite National Park), Antelope Canyon (Arizona), Avenue of Baobabs (Madagascar), Redwood National Forest, Giant's Causeway (Ireland) and probably Skaftafell Ice Cave (Iceland).  These have been favorite images of mine for years.  Now I have the opportunity to memorialize them in my own art!  I might have to make a change or two along the way if one doesn't look like I want it to but this is the plan anyway.  The theme will stay the same.

Now back to work!!!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Rusty Leaves is done!

Number 4 is done (don't panic.....5 and 6 are well under way)

Below is the completed piece with the original photo to the left of it.

Rusty Leaves
Kelly L Hendrickson

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Eagle's view

My first quilt for 2014 is completed. My plan is to use aerial views of the Earth in some way or other. The first one is a view of the river Nile close to Murchison Falls in Uganda. All fabrics are my own hand dyed ones. Title of this quilt is Eagle's View.