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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Daily Drawing (and a Morning Visitor)

More and more I value the time spent each day within my sketchbook.  Here's a look at my newest drawings:
'The Moon Kept Me Up' Pigma pen & Ptismacolor pencil in 9x12 sketchbook
'Not All Lost' Pigma Pen and Prismacolor pencil in 9x12 sketchbook

Title Page for new 5"x8" Moleskine sketchbook
On the ferry trip last weekend I did not want to lug my hardbound 9x12 sketchbook (which is almost full anyway), so I started a new smaller book, like the one I filled for the Sketchbook Project. 

'Aeyo' Pigma pen and Prismacolor pencil in 5"x8" sketchbook
 Surprise!  Mr. Bear made his way across the wet beach in front of my house this morning!  Look out, Pets!  (They were all indoors sleeping).
Happy week to you all!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Getting Off the Island


Sunday Mighty Girl and I took Flossy to Friend C’s and boarded the Alaska State Ferry bound for Juneau, pathetically the New York City of Southeast Alaska.

After shopping and a great visit to the Alaska State Museum, we caught a real lucky break in the torrential rain just in time to have a look at the Mendenhall Glacier – one of the main attractions of Juneau.  

Mendenhall Glacier
We hiked around taking pictures with the rest of the tourists.  These pictures are taken from a vantage point approximately 1 ½ miles from the glacier.  

Heavy rains over the past two weeks have flooded creeks and streams. The waterfall to the right was roaring.

 Mendenhall Lake was full of big slabs of floating ice, calved off of the glacier.

The weather held while we made a little hike on the East Glacier ‘Trail of Time’.  This marker indicates the position of the glacier face in 1916.  It is at least 4 miles away from the present day face of the ice.

We heard the sound of rushing water ahead and soon came upon a breathtaking waterfall.  

Moving on up the trail, we heard a louder water voice – and this crashing creek to cross over on a foot bridge.

A rock spirit revealed himself around a turning in the trail.

The next day, we got back aboard the ferry for the long trip home.  

No end of beauty to see as we glided through the Alexander Archipelago toward Peril Straits.  




 
The commercial salmon fishing season is still going and we passed by lots of boats like this purse seiner.

The entrance to Rodham Bay appeared, moody in its shroud of cloud and mists.

At Sitka we had a three hour layup, and got off the boat for a hike around the Starrgavin trail system, built and maintained by the US Forest Service.

Part of the trail skirts the edge of a beautiful estuary.  
 
 
A bird observatory has been beautifully constructed of local red and yellow cedar by the Forest Service. 

Coming back toward the ferry, we walked along the beach a bit...

...and found a local edible plant called goose tongue, the grass-like plant on the left in this picture.  Its flavor adds a salty tang to salads.  It's good to be home - I will be getting caught up on lots of things, including visiting your wonderful blogs.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Embroidery


Work for my solo exhibit here in December is coming along now.  This week I completed a couple of new pieces and got started on a few more, while some work is in that 'thinking about it' stage. 

'shell game' 16.5"x19.5"; procion on cotton with machine stitching

''Rainbow Shells' 15.5"x19"; procion on cotton with beads and machine stitching
detail from a piece at the 'resting stage'
In the evenings I enjoyed stitching some feathers for Jude's Magic FeatherProject.  

feathers embroidery on vintage kimono cloth for Jude       
    
small purse I made when I was in high school
I love embroidering, and always have since my mom taught me how as a young child. 

detail from the bag above
The colored thread is like a box of crayons or my beloved Prismacolor pencils.  I love the repetitive act of pushing needle through cloth; the slow evolution of textures, lines, shapes.  
 
Visiting galleries and museums in Other Parts of the World embroidery has caught my eye again and again, incorporated in the work of contemporary artists.  I am drawn to the subversive juxtaposition of this traditional decorative technique with potent political and social commentary.   

This territory may be calling me to come exploring.  What new creative lands are you longing to traverse?

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