An Invitation

July 9, 2009

Cloud Frock will be shown in this summer’s Works on Paper exhibition at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The show features artworks by 40 local artists (follow the link for directions).

The opening reception takes place tomorrow, July 10, from 5 to 7 pm. It’s part of Arts Night Out, Northampton’s monthly gallery walk. One of the other shows you can see tomorrow evening is “I Heard a Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill,” at the Smith College Art Museum.

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello!  Works on Paper continues through August 8.  Summer gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 7 pm.


Cloud Frock

June 14, 2009

Cloud Frock


wool yarn and repurposed cloud drawing (pencil, colored pencil, and white ink on paper)

8 1/2 inches h x 7 inches w

not for sale

I’ve never known what to do with unsold, failed, unfinished, or never-shown artworks. Pieces I like I hang around my home or I give to friends.  And every now and then I have a studio sale. But as I age, more and more “failed” artworks are taking up space in closets and portfolios. Pieces I never finished, for one reason or another. Pieces I deemed not quite good enough to include in a show. Pieces that I did show, but don’t like anymore.

My current solution for these kinds of artworks is to tear them up and repurpose. For this knitted drawing, Cloud Frock, I tore and cut up an old drawing of a cloud. I think it dates from 2002 and was one of the drawings I decided not to include in a solo show that year at the Center for the Arts in Northampton.

I pierced the drawing fragments with an awl, then worked them into the knitted fabric as if they were beads.

Thrifty Ponderings

May 29, 2009

I’ve been thinking about ways to reuse works from the “back catalog” – drawings and paintings that were rejected, or were never finished, or were shown but not sold, or were deemed (by me) not good enough to show. Might they be resurrected, given new life?

These are fragments of a mixed-media collage that I made a year ago and entered, along with a second collage, in a local show. Both were rejected. Looking at this one a year later, I can see why. It was not one of my best works–it had too many muddy/murky/overworked areas and the overall composition was clunky. It just didn’t sing.

I have an idea for bringing these fragments together in a new configuration, which I’ll get started on as soon as I finish another piece that’s in progress. For the moment, I’ve arranged them on an old drawing board, the better to ponder them.


May 7, 2009

No new artworks to show, I’m afraid, although I do have a knitted sculpture in progress and hope to post it soon. This month and last I’ve mostly been working on two new knitted lace patterns, both with June 1 deadlines. Almost every scrap of free time has been devoted to swatching, pattern writing, and knitting.  There simply aren’t enough hours in the day, not unless I stop going to my job–which is not an option! As always, I have to choose how to use my free time; right now my choice is design work. I have no idea if the world wants or needs another artwork by me, but I do know there are knitters who want patterns.

I hope to show you some new artwork soon, though.  In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite pieces from my “Dickinson Series” of paintings and lace.  I love this painting, even it if did recently get rejected for a show (yet again).


The Soul Selects Her Own Society

acrylic, merino/silk, and copper tacks on canvas

18 inches h x 18 inches w


(photo by John Polak)

Blue Lines

April 12, 2009

watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, and ink on paper


image size: 6 inches wide x 4 inches high


How Long Did It Take You to Make That?

In progress–begun February 21, 2009; this photo shows the piece as of Day 49, April 11, 2009

Materials: laceweight wool yarn

not for sale

The answer as of today is 4 hours, 5 minutes. The piece is about 12 inches long; the width varies depending on the needle size used.

Materials: washers, laceweight mohair/silk yarn, laceweight wool/stainless steel yarn, polyester fiberfill

Dimensions: 4.25″ h x 1.5″ w

not for sale