Posts Tagged ‘houses’

I just found out that this piece sold from the Shop at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. I was thrilled, because its the first sale from my current body of work that reflected my 10,000 steps a day. Just walking, walking, walking, and really lookingImage at the pleasing shapes, shadows, and textures of my neighborhood.

I’ve been mulling over how to compose these pieces the best to get my ideas across.  This one was simple, as it was one image that was well composed as a photo. Combining images, along with found objects and different fabrics, is turning out to be a bit more difficult. I will post when I make more progress with that part!


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A second new piece I took to the shop at PCA today has a precedent. I made a piece in 2010 called “Singin’ the Blues.” It utilized a quirky polyester scarf (gift of a friend who challenged me to use it in a piece of art). The scarf featured pictures of old sheet music — cowboys and lovers and dreamers mostly. The piece I came up with stayed on my mind. Here are both of them. The one at the top is the new piece, and below, with the orange sky is the 2010 piece.

I dropped off some new pieces for the Shop at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. In case you are not familiar with this beautiful shop showcasing local artists, it is housed in the PCA’s Marshall building at 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15232.

“Pink Awning”  is a small stitched photo on cloth. It is floated in the frame, and measures 8.5 x 10.” It was inspired by my walks around the neighborhood. The pattern of the morning shadow on the houses is what caught my eye.

After much thought, I decided to enter “Not So Empty Lot” into Art All Night this year. This deserves to be known world wide, but just in case you haven’t heard of the event, dedicated volunteers find an abandoned factory site (so far pretty easy) in Lawrenceville, clean it up, and hang thousands of pieces of art in it for one night (yes — ALL night).

The rule is one piece of art per person, ready to hang. There is no jury and no censorship, although un-family friendly pieces are segregated. There is no fee to the artist. Sales take place by the interested buyer filling out a slip of paper (a bid) which the artist receives upon pick-up. Funding take place through grants, donations, and sales of tee shirts and other items.

Anyway, with such a HUGE space, I decided on one of my largest pieces, heavily discounted.  I also spiffed it up for the occasion, improving the hanging system, and quilting the borders. It is more the fashion now for Contemporary Art Quilts to have no border.  But I liked the one on this so much that I decided to keep it and improve upon it. This piece is 55 x 47.5 inches.