The trip was very important as it forced me to get back in touch with my wonderful west coast family, on my father's side. It is very hard to live so very far away from wonderful family but that is the way it is. My Uncle and I grabbed the opportunity to go down to the shore at Edmonds when the sun made a long overdue appearance. We had a glorious afternoon watching dogs frolic at the waterside dog park and kids build forts with all of the fabulous driftwood on the beach. There is something so pure and delightful about watching dogs romp in the waves after sticks thrown for them to fetch and kids using their imaginations to build wonderful structures that can put so very much in perspective and , if just for a moment, right the terrible tilt to the world brought on by the loss of a loved one.
For me and my Uncle there is something very restorative and calming about the water. The smell of the tangy salt air and the cry of the gulls really helped to get us both out of ourselves. It was a lovely afternoon to be able to share with a wonderful man.
That evening's sunset was a wonderful gift as well. As viewed from my Uncles kitchen!! I am so very grateful that i was able to pick up and go out to be with family and to have this time together, perspective and the knowledge of what is most important in life is such a treasure!
Getting together with this wonderful bunch of cousins is something that has occurred far too infrequently. My cousins are int he back row and their boys make up the front row. What a wonderful group!! My fabulous Uncle Mark is the leader of the bunch in the back center.
So now for some art!!!
The next three pieces are wet felted collage works that are very much still in the works!! I have lots of plans for these pieces, but as I have been in the mood for wet felting lately, I have been churning out the starting collage felted pieces and have quite a few projects to complete. These will have machine stitching, hand stitching and OF COURSE ,BEADS, added to them before they will be done!
merino wool, silk fabrics, hand spun yarn, silk fibers
wool tops, wool yarn and silk roving
And lastly for today, I will share some hints at several art quilts, a tryptic , if all goes well, that I am stitching away on. Most of the fabric in these pieces I have designed myself using sun printing , gelatin mono printing and hand dyeing techniques. You will see more of these pieces later.
Now onward into March and hopefully SPRING here in Virginia!!!