This Friday from 5-8PM, in conjuction with the First Friday art gallery openings here in Portsmouth, I am showing my newest collection of artworks at the Shapley Townhouse in Strawbery Banke. All water themed, they might be fodder for your own inspirations! Please come and share some light refreshments with me; 454 Court St.
Above; “Ripples and Rivulets” 22″x24″. Hand painted and hand dyed cotton fabric, machine pieced, machine and hand quilted, hand appliqued. Stretched quilt.
Above; “Floating on the Surface” 30″ x 32″. Hand printed/painted cotton, machine pieced, machine and hand quilted, hand appliqued. Stretched quilt.
Above; “Piscataqua from the Other Side” 16″ x 22″. Hand painted and dyed cotton, machine pieced, machine quilted. Stretched quilt.
Above; “A Clear Day” and “Another Clear Day” 12″ x 12″. Hot glue and acrylic on canvas.
See these and many other works hanging in the halls outside my business Euchlora now through September. 454 Court Street, Portsmouth. 603-491-7305
Halloween, All Saints Day or All Hallows Day, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Samhain (The Feast of the Dead)…..many cultures celebrate those who have lived before us in the 48 hours ending October and starting November. Right outside my back door in the Strawbery Banke village Museum where I keep my esthetics studio, the souls who lived before us in 17th and 18th century New England came to life once again for a week-end of Halloween community fun.
I have been given the opportunity to maintain the garden strip and planter in front of the building in Strawbery Banke where my esthetics studio is; my own “community garden” if you will. As a Storekeep I want the entrance to my business to be tidy and beautiful so this is yet another way I can practice creativity, “painting” with plant material.
I just finished this autumn planter and am pleased with how it turned out. My thought process was, how can I make it most vibrant for the graying days leading up to winter. So I used one of my most favorite runs of color; the warm side of the color wheel running from red violet all the way to orange. Then, of course, it is contrasted with the complimentary color of green and the green goes from warm to cool also – it makes all the shades of red-ishness stand out.
It includes some traditional flowers but also 4 different vegetables; 2 peppers plus chard and kale. The peppers are planted at an angle so they give the impression of spilling out of the pot and fill in the front. Because they will only be there for a couple of months and the day light is fading they will not have a chance to straighten themselves back up.
In terms of design, I used the inverted triangle to create the shape of the arrangement; wider and taller at the back narrowing to a lower point in the front. I used a little asymmetry to mix it up a bit too – rather than the orange of the mum & the pepper and the plum of the other peppers directly across from each other LEFT and RIGHT, I moved them diagonally across from each other. Makes a more natural look. Try one for yourself!