Apr 20, 2017

Introducing Esther Irene Deacon Currie ~ In Progress

Esther Irene Deacon was 13 years old when her mother passed away eleven days after giving birth to her seventh child. Excuse me if I am repeating myself. Esther is my third 'posterized', abstracted thread portrait in a line of, hopefully, six such portraits (or more).

some cosmetic surgery required beside her mouth and her cheek
sewing surgeon tools

Esther is my maternal grandmother, the sweetest little woman I ever knew. 
I didn't know her long as I was 13 yrs. old when she died of a heart attack in 1961. 
Esther was a farmers daughter and while her three little sisters were sent away to be raised by paternal aunts, she was kept on the farm to cook and help raise her 3 brothers ... at 13 !! I can't even begin to imagine the hardships she experienced.
At the age of 16, while helping a pregnant neighbour, Esther became versed in the art of mid-wifery. Word of mouth stories abound of the local doctor who usually arrived late and 'in his cups' when he was needed the most. The local women soon started calling Esther in advance of their impending births. Esther birthed a lot of babies in the county during her lifetime. 
She was very musical, as were all her brothers and sisters. Pianos, fiddles, banjos, juice harps (Jew's harp, jaw harp, mouth harp and/or Ozark Harp) vocals and whistling were their instruments.
Esther married my grandfather James Harold Currie, (the older brother of her best friend) when he came back from WWI. They had 4 daughters, 2 of which were still born. Her youngest daughter is going to be 83 yrs. old this August. 
Her oldest daughter, my mother, died in 1985. 
James Harold died in 1987 ... he was one month short of his 90th birthday.

Apr 12, 2017

New Show !

Connections Fibre Artists have a new show !  
Working closely with the Wellington County Museum & Archives, the group has chosen an item (or two) from the museum's extensive archives, and in celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday have made complimentary pieces of fibre work. A must see !

I am very excited about this show and can hardly wait to see what marvels the group has come up with.
For my part, my strong interest in inherited old photos, and the lives these stoic faces led, prompted my desire to bring some of the museum's portraits out ... as well as the cameras that took them. 
Below - In this new show I felt that my portrait of my gr.grandmother was a perfect fit and she was finished in plenty of time.
Margaret Davidson Deacon
I had already started my 'posterized' black, 2 shades of gray and white thread portraits with my own posterized mug shot. This portrait is currently traveling and is in Thunder Bay
Sharron Elizabeth Deacon Begg
Following on quickly on the heels of these two portraits is the portrait, in same style, of my grandmother ... in progress.

Mar 12, 2017

full size ...  14"x17".
 Right off the hop, I apologize for the poor photography. Natural light is at a premium today and my 'photo shop' skills are almost non-existant ... but Ive tried ;)
This finished ink is my dear friend, Donna, and represents she and her 5 sisters.

 The ink below is totally finished now ... a few close-ups. 
It was quite daunting to work on this size, but I'm warming up to it. 
Again, poor photos. I am due for a new camera soon.

You have seen 'Maragaret Davidson Deacon' before ... she needed a small revision. She will be in a show next month and needed a bit of a border (as if she was framed). Margaret will be hanging next to other old photos from the late 1800's, early 1900's with a few old cameras placed near by. 
Our local museum is trotting out artifacts to highlight our (Canada) 150th anniversary. Connections Fibre Artists are creating fibre pieces to showcase 'old-timey' artifacts ... everything from chamber pots to one-room school house desks ... should be fun !  The show is entitled ARTefacts ... more info to follow.
 So, Margaret has her 'frame' and is pinned to dry.

ps. Margaret's daughter, Esther Irene Deacon Currie, is drawn and traced onto water-soluble ... to be placed under the needle next :)

Feb 5, 2017

I think I'm back on track ... at least the desire is there ;) !!
These trees are just 2 of 6 that I will be drawing in ink on a very latge, very white, blank, 14"x17" pce of drawing paper.  I'm excited, hence the preview of trees. 
Did I mention ? did you know ?  how much I like black & white ? My client wants to represent herself and her 5 sisters as a row of trees, in B/W, with smaller, young trees growing up, around and between them, representing their offspring ;). She has been a doll waiting on me and now is the time.

It's been a long dry spell this time ... almost 8 mos. of very little creative energy !!! Very Scary ! 
I know that one of the biggest reasons has been my eyes  ... I have been seeing an opthamologist for 2 years and after all the 'try this, don't do that, 'ctscan sees nothing wrong behind the eye', etc., etc., I finally took the bull by the horns, and got on the internet, typed in Rheumatoid Arthritis & dry eyes and came up Sjogrens Syndrome (pronounced Showgrins) ! Anybody ever heard of this ?? There is an mazing number of people affected by this, mainly women. And no one doing research on it ! The only suggestion is to relieve symptoms with artificial tears :(.  I have hopes pinned on getting an appointment with an eye institute soon. Surely there will be someone there who has more knowledge about this.

I would like to announce a traveling show that I am a part of ... 'Fibrations' ... I have some new pages on the website ! All the artists in the show, all the Artist statements ... good reading ! right here ! http://fibrations.org/fibre2016.php

Well, I finally get around to posting a little news as I prepare for a few more house-sitting jobs ... should have that drawing done by the beginning of April :)

Thank you to all of you who still respond to my paltry posts ... I hope to pay more attention and I plan to get reading what you are all up to in 2017 ;)

Jan 19, 2017

94 Years Ago !

Hello and Happy New Year !!  I hope wonderful art for all of you this year ! And for me, too ;)

This post doesn't really have much to do with art but it is of another subject close to my heart. 
Years ago I started to collect and compile notes on the many branches of my family. Wow ! We are the combination of so many others !!!  
Very soon, though, I became over-whelmed by the drawer full of written notes, computer print-offs, old photos, copies of emails from long, lost cousins, etc.  Daunting stuff when it came to compiling my burgeoning drawer into a comprehensive document. I jst couldn't get to the job at hand.
But last Novemeber I got the push required to get my butt in gear and start the process. My American cousin was writing his memoirs and I felt he needed to have the facts of his Canadian heritage ;) So, I got involved tackling the many boxes of photos, letters and keepsakes that I have been fortunate to inherit. This is where something fabulous and fascinating came to my attention !
In my grandfathers' box was a large envelope that contained a lock of hair,  and a dried bridal bouquet and boutiniere !! And so well preserved after almost 94 yrs !
Grandmother's 3 Red Carnations with white & pink satin ribbons
Grandfathers' Boutiniere 
detail of pink & ivory satin ribbons ribbons

The dried flowers are my grandmothers bridal bouquet and my grandfathers boutiniere from the day they were married March 13, 1923, when she was 17 yrs. old and he was 27 yrs. old. 
These treasures were clean and did not even smell musty !
The lock of hair was from the day she died of stomach cancer in 1947 when she was 42 yrs. old. They raised a family of 3 boys and 5 girls.

One branch done and sent off to 4 cousins ;)

In my long journey with genealogy I even had my own mtDNA done ! Turns out I'm directly related to a woman that lived 11,000-12,000 yrs. ago ! (speaking of years ;))

Dec 16, 2016

It's Starting To Look A Lot Like Christmas ;0

This Christmas display caught my attention 
as I entered our local Stone Road Mall for a little pre-gift-buying 'look-see'. 
It helped a little towards getting some Christmas spirit,
 except for the fact that it was still a daunting task ! 
But, I've got a good start now and just a few gift certificates to get for the 4 (10-15 yr. old) gr.sons. Hubby is done ... easy-peasy ... just load up on books !
December 4, 2016 .
.. before the snow came ... the annual Xmas Tree Hunt was on 
with 2 daughters and sons-in-law, 
5 of the youngest gr.children (one grumpy Gert that day), 
a dear friend and Hubby & I. 
Another year under the belt ;)
We did get a trip into the McMichael Gallery again this year. 
Always so inspiring to see such great paintings by Canada's iconic 
... soon to celebrate their 100th Anniversary !
Merry Christmas to all my blogging buddies ! 
Wishing you, and yours, all the best in the New Year !!!

Nov 9, 2016

Geeze ... It's Almost Christmas !

Did I just say that ?????? Omg !
Time flies so quickly these days ... but not near fast enough to get that damned election over with ! 
I do not like the result one little bit but I am glad that farce is over with. 
Good Luck America !

Anyway, back to Christmas. It's so very close ! I have begun to shop 'though it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy for grandchildren ranging from ages 0-21.
I'm just glad to have something very nice to focus on these days ... like this new baby girl. She was born in September and she is fascinating. Very alert and very talkative and probably our last gr.child ... 12 is lots ! :)
Hannah Josephine, at 1 month

Work on 'Weathered By Time' has come to almost a standstill, for no other reason than I've just been so damned lazy since my month in Killbear.  But some small steps in the finishing have begun.  I just ordered a stretcher frame for it ... and they will assemble ... so nice to have the store do this for me ! 
I will pick it up tomorrow, finish the edges and hand stitch the 'rebar' on. The whole 'finishing' will have a new twist this time because the canvas is too thick to wrap around the stretcher frame and other finishing ideas have been suggested by some colleagues. I'm game to try, will let you know how it turns out ;)
Weathered By Time

I did have an opportunity, yesterday, to see a portion of the World Of Threads Festival (in Oakville) yesterday and have been very much inspired to get cracking ... what a great amount of excellent, international art there ! I feel I have fallen way behind ! I have never entered this show but wish I did ... maybe next year ;)

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet ? Tell me what you are doing ;)