Saturday, November 18, 2023

Busy November

Along with delightful weather, I've enjoyed many musical events. My yard is bright and open but I'm still waiting for some landscape planting to be done. A drainage problem across my back driveway has been solved (I hope!) by a replaced pipe. Roots had grown into the old pipe where it had been cut during a cable installation. Grrrrr. Now I'm waiting for a heavy rain to see if the problem has been solved.

The Meistersingers concert featured Music for Royal Occasions, with organ and trumpet. 

Sanctuary at Westminster Presbyterian Church

With my singing buddies, Gwen Combs, me, Jean Claire Bounds,
 Judith Collins, Janice Gundy 

Dr Joel Dunlap, Conductor
It is a privilege to have my artwork displayed as part of  Main Street Gallery's Exhibit #4 for the months of November and December. 

More musical events--Tom Kimmel and Michael Mille were at the Back Door Coffeehouse at University Baptist Church. It was wonderful having Tom back home, and we hope Michael will sing for us again.
Michael Mille and Tom Kimmel
I have loved Amahl and the Night Visitors since I first heard it (composed in the 1950's by Gian Carlo Minotti), and getitng to hear it really makes my Christmas, so it was a special treat to attend USM's production of this classic. 
The USM Honors String Chamber Recital every spring and fall is one of my favorite events of the year. The students compete for two nights, and the winners are featured in a recital which my church hosts. Four or five groups perform and are judged for the top three winners. The talent and professionalism shown by these musicians sets them on a path for success. We are fortunate to become friends and be a small part of their journey. 
Marlene Gentile, Adelle Paltin, Isabella Marques, and Alejandro Restrepo
It has been a very musical month, but some art projects are underway. I did a program for Pine Belt Quilters showing my cheesecloth art using Mary Pal's techniques. The fall leaves are brought into the house and used often. 
Man with Pipe, cheesecloth, 12x14

Leaves on teal burlap, 8x10

Bay Leaves and Crape Myrtle Leaves, 12x12

Sweet Gum Leaves gathered on misty morning
There is lots of kitty news, but will save that for another post. 

Monday, October 30, 2023

Fall Is Here, Tree Cutting

 After the long hot, dry summer, the cool mornings are a welcome change. It's been an exciting month with dreamatic changes in the look of my property, and mornings on the front porch have been enjoyable. My trees and those next door had me almost hidden from view until you were right in front of my house. A large maple had been dropping dead limbs dangerously close to the house. Tom Dayon with Dayon Tree Service worked three days cutting trees, raising the canopy, grinding stumps, hauling away debris. The process was captivating to watch, and the crew were skilled using the backhoes, cranes, and other machinery. Needless to say, it was entertaining to watch. 

Before, view from street

Before, view from street approaching house

Before, view from street

Before, closer view (house is in left side of picture)

Before, closer view

In front yard

View from street

Taking down Swamp Maple

This tree kept dropping limbs near house

Hauling debris

After, view from street approaching house

After, from street

After, from street

After, view from porch

Cat news--Elizabeth and Rahrah have recovered from their serious UTI health issues and are doing well, approaching their 10th birthday next month. The scratchng post has become a scratching log and both are putting it to occasional use, not as popular as Elizabeth's cat tree now that she feels like climbing again. The orange mama cat is settling in and stealing my heart with her talking and rolling on the garage floor for petting. She joins me on the front porch some mornings. I must give her a proper name soon. 

I love kids' art and got permission from my young friend Elizabeth Rigney to use her drawing I had saved that her mom (Bethany Rigney) had posted a few years ago. Here is Ellee's Gruffalo in the Jungle.

In progress; Ellee's drawing in background

Ellee's Gruffalo in the Jungle

I enjoyed seeing friends at the MQA Fall Gathering in Biloxi one weekend, followed by a Betty Press class on iPhone Pictures back in Hattiesburg at Singing River Art Studio. Betty shared a wealth of information about the iPhone. The next weekend was our quarterly Southern Fiber Artists meeting in Madison. Jackie Watkins again hosted in her home, and Charlotte Timmons shared instructions and tips on fabric collage.  

Last week I tried a first-time decorating of a sugar skull for a Day of the Dead display. Hector Boldo and Jacqueline Gonzalez Wooton hosted a display and silent auction at Main Street Gallery to raise funds for the newly formed LatinX Art Association. I cut out and applied fabric leaves to my skull. Twenty skulls were on display, and the variety of techniques used was amazing! Here are some pictures. Sorry I can't give credit to the artists who decorated them. Enlarge to see details.

Poster inviting artists to decorate skulls

Painting a sugar skull was definitely a first for me. I've been gathering fall leaves and making art using these--an activity with which I'm much more comfortable. 
4x6 leaf pictures with mats

Saturday, September 30, 2023

September is Done

How welcome that first day of fall was! We're having some mornings that are cool enough for coffee on the front porch. 

Elizabeth, My Almost Perfect Cat gave me a real scare with a UTI for several days and spent a week at the kitty hospital. She is home again and happily climbing to the top of her cat tree as well as watching for the orange outside cat through the window. Rahrah is spending a little time on her new scratching post--when it is on its side.

Elizabeth on her cat tree after two weeks

She growls at the orange outside cat

Rahrah trying out her scratching post with a little catnip enticement
On the quilting front, I finished quilting a donation quilt featuring duck hunting scenes. 

Then I finished four small exchange pieces for my Southern Fiber Artists group. These are 8" x 10".  I was running late for June, July, August, and September, so it feels good to catch up.

A real leaf, preserve with gel medium

Leaf printing 

Stitching added to this crab

Weaving technique with horses

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

September Happenings and Owen's Frog

It is exciting when we are teased with a slight break in the extreme summer heat, especially when a little rain returns after a month. My purple face is almost back to normal color from my fall three weeks ago and I've been cleared by my eye doctor and dentist. Now to just avoid little curbs and uneven places. Linda reminds me "Eyes on Path." 

Cats are not the only things with nine lives around my house. I admit to letting the carrots burn to a crisp and managing to get the pot clean. But this mishap with a can of hairspray was a surprise event that I had nothing to do with. The spray looked like a candle that had melted and dripped down the side.

Carrots burned to a crisp

Pot clean and shining

Hairspray acting like a candle

My good friend Virginia McGee Butler took her nine-year-old grandson to see my Festival Fibers exhibit during Festival South in June. He is very artistic and enjoyed the quilted art pieces. She shared a photo of his frog drawing later, and I enjoyed depicting Owen's Frog in fabric.

Owen's Frog Drawing

Owen's Frog Quilt
As expected, the cats have ignored the new scratching post for a month. I have tried dangling ribbon from the top with little success, but there is still hope. Meanwhile Rahrah prefers door facings.  


Elizabeth waiting for me in the bedroom

Outdoor kitty enjoying her meals in the garage