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While working on my Hot Yellowstone series, people began to give me pieces of clothing or I would get clothing from an unusual source or situation. All these stories started to run around my head looking for a way to get out so my thoughts began to turn toward art that focused on the narrative as well as the image. The Life Rings Project has become the vehicle for letting the stories out. So….what is it you ask? Simply put it is about “spinning stories and art from cloth”. Here are the pictures to tell the story.
The final part of the project is to “spin” the story behind the art piece.
My Mother’s Hands
My mother was a homemaker but mostly a “maker”. She was always making something! Often she could be found sitting in her rocking chair in front of the kitchen fireplace crocheting a crib blanket for the newest family member. But then there was also the knitting, sewing, bobbin lace, watercolor, embroidery, calligraphy, crewel, and her most enduring love, quilting. My mother taught me much of what I know about working with my hands and how to create objects I could be proud of. She knew the value and satisfaction of “handmade”.
When she was very ill in the hospital, she would hold my hand with her eyes closed and say, “I know whose hands these are, I can tell its Georgia because they are rough”! “That’s right mom”, I said. “It’s all the art work I do that keep my hands busy and rough”! Thank you mom for helping to give me rough hands but a life full of art!
Hot Yellowstone #4 is done and on display at the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance offices in Laramie WY. Opening reception on Dec. 13th from 6:00 till 8:00pm. Show continues through January. Also showing is the talented Cheyenne painter, Kevin Robinett. Half of all art sales go to support the Voice for the Wild non-profit.
Hot Yellowstone #4 is almost done! I just have the upper right hand corner to complete. As I work, I will be thinking about all those people who planned to go to Yellowstone today but will find it closed due to the government shut down last night. What a way to mess up your vacation! Hundreds of tourist will miss all the beautiful sites this park has to offer. I’ll have my art to remind me of the opportunities we had to enjoy this spectacular park right here in beautiful Wyoming.
Yellowstone’s geothermal features are so interesting. They can be super colorful or a bright spot surrounded by muted greys. They are dangerously beautiful. Look but don’t touch! I have started a fourth in the series which I plan to debut at a show in Laramie at Honeybee Photography and Gallery. I will have the first three in the series on display at the 17th Street Arts Festival on August 16th and 17th. If you are in Cheyenne that weekend please stop in and say hello.