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 standishart.com. 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:
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 dalerobertsencaustic.com.
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!
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