Made at the Grand Marais Art Colony during the Art As Journey group attendance, May, 2021
11” x 14” (With frame, 15 ¼” x 18 ¼”)
Dishcloths, cotton thread, acrylic on canvas
The woman looks at you, offering her heart to you. The look on her face is calm. Not serene, not earnest, but determined. She realizes that with all of the anger and divisiveness in this world there is an antidote and that antidote is love. So she offers her heart but not as a greeting. She offers her heart asking you to take care, to act with kindness, to realize that to offer love is the greatest gift but also the easiest if you can see it that way. There is a reason to hope. If we become more real with each other, really look at each other and see what is really there and not just what we want to see, if we can do that with an open mind and an open heart, then there is hope.
St. Paul’s Monastery
St. Paul, MN
In Art Show
Hallberg Center for the Arts
This piece was stitched on dishcloths with cotton embroidery thread at the Art Colony in Grand Marais, MN.
A progress shot of Offering in progress on the embroidery hoop.
60” x 42”
Worn dish towels, thread, embroidery floss
This little painting, 6″ x 6″, is supposed to be a tomato. I’m still learning how to get convincing, saturated reds and oranges on a black ground. A second layer of paint would do it, but I want to learn how to get that color in the moment, not rework the surface to death. Still, you can see shape and roundness of the tomato and I like the energy of the background.