August 15, 2021: Art and Earthly Delights

Greetings dear readers! Today I’m sharing a bit more from our Cape Cod vacation. We quilters are often inspired in our own making by nature and by many of the other arts. We enjoy spending time outdoors and in art galleries and museums. Ideas for use of color, patterns, shapes, lines, etc. abound. The Cape has numerous galleries; one of our favorites is The Blue Heron in Wellfleet. Over the years we’ve admired work there by John Standish. Even though we are mostly in a mode these days to not buy/accumulate more things, I like to support artists and we finally broke down and bought one of his beautiful prints:

Here are closeups of each side:

Here’s a bit about the artist and the egg tempera technique he uses to such great effect:

That word “solace” really speaks to me these days. If interested, you can see more of his work at Just as it is nice to change out quilts on display periodically, it’s nice to have a different painting on the wall!!

I’ve discovered a fondness for paintings using the encaustic technique – the textures that can be achieved are amazing! I loved this artist’s work at the Blue Heron and I love his description of “process” – such a major part of what makes artists passionate about their work:

Unfortunately, I did not get any photos of entire paintings, but look at these closeups of textures and colors:

And closer:

I suspect one reason I’m drawn to this is this because I love textures in quilting so much! If you want to see more, check out
So, now to Nature’s inspirations, or, as I call them, “earthly delights.” The colors of the flowers on the Cape were glorious! I’ve already shown some hydrangeas. The place was loaded with Rose of Sharon in shades of violet and pink:

Sedum in bloom:

These coneflowers were spectacular!

More colors!:

There were some tree trunks with great textures!:

Look how I am displaying my beach stones – love the gold, yellow, and white colors and many are really smooth – I often hold one in my hand while I’m reading, turning it and exploring the surface – here I am loving textures again 😊!

Meanwhile, I finished my guild’s challenge which I’ll show at the end of the month – we have to keep them secret until they are shown at this month’s meeting. And I keep plugging away at the Stormy Weather borders – nearing the halfway point of the appliqué for the second border:

And I have made and basted to the background about 3/4 of the leaves for the third border. The fabric choices for each leaf and the color placements are different for each border. Doing a little each day adds up over time and gets it done! I’ve started to look at a possible border design for the Red and White quilt – need to get going on this as I only have just under 2 months to finish it in time for the show:

Like all of you, I am paying attention to what’s going on with the pandemic and hoping we are not headed down a path in which we must all isolate again. I am exceedingly frustrated with those refusing to get the vaccine- it’s selfish and makes no sense. I’m finding “solace” in my quilting, as always. I hope you are too!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

10 thoughts on “August 15, 2021: Art and Earthly Delights

  1. nanamickie August 15, 2021 / 11:31 am

    I love your photos Gladi and love all that you saw in Cape Cod. I love the stones you collected and displayed! Your quilt work is looking beautiful ! I love the red and white quilt and your applique is gorgeous! Have a wonderful Sunday!

    • gladiporsche August 17, 2021 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words!!

  2. Mrs. Plum August 15, 2021 / 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the bios and photos of the two artists’ works. Extremely interesting! Your work is awe-inspiring, as usual. I really like the red and white quilt. And I’m with you, not understanding why people aren’t vaccinated. Some of the dis-information floating around is truly unbelievable. I don’t understand the vaccine hesitancy when it is well known that COVID-19 DOES kill people.

    • gladiporsche August 17, 2021 / 6:34 pm

      Thanks for commenting! I think the border is going to to take the red and white quilt from “ho-hum” to “good!” It’s really frustrating and frightening that some media perpetuate lies about the vaccine and I know they know better!

  3. Randy DANTO August 15, 2021 / 5:57 pm

    I can see why you were drawn to that beautiful print. How interesting! Your vacation sounds wonderful. I love the Cape!
    Loving the leaves! It’s really coming along!
    And all those flowers! OMG… I think the coneflower colors were the most spectacular!

    • gladiporsche August 17, 2021 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks Randy. I do feel lucky to have such lovely spots close by for vacations! Of course, you have some beautiful places near you, too!

  4. acityquilter August 16, 2021 / 12:44 am

    i can easily see why you caved on that print….so restful and idyllic…beautiful rose of sharon…i used to have one in my own yard back in the day….

  5. Cynthia @ wabi sabi quilts August 16, 2021 / 2:13 am

    I love how you display your beach stones. So tranquil. The old tree trunk is amazing, all that texture. I too am frustrated about the vaccine hold-outs. They are listening to really convincing misinformation??

    • gladiporsche August 17, 2021 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Cynthia. So glad I discovered the beauty in tree bark/trunks after all these years!! I’m glad the pandemic got me out and walking regularly. I put some of the blame for vaccine hesitancy on certain media and groups that perpetuate lies about it, though I know there are likely several reasons. None make sense, though!!

  6. barbvedder August 29, 2021 / 1:06 pm

    Oh I love that print too. So much rich detail and the style is interesting. The kind of thing you can look at for many years and never tire of it.
    your flower photos are absolutely incredible. What kind of camera do you use? the colors are so rich and deep.
    Your border is coming along beautifully and your red and white is a beauty.

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