It has been a long time since I posted here.  I have not been idle by any means, just “otherwise occupied”.  No long excuses, just time to resume and catch up.

daphne1800Today I am featuring a portrait I have painted and stitched of my 28 year old Dusky Conure Daphne.   Daphne began her life with us as a birthday present for our then 10 year old daughter Courtney.  I hand fed her, have been her caretaker, and she has been my buddy ever since; out-living all our other pets.  She is opinionated, bossy, and hostile to those not willing be a true friend (meaning she bites first).  She keeps “young” and active playing with her toys and shredding cardboard cereal boxes.

Daphne, detail

Daphne, details

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My inspiration photo was one of a few taken by my photographer daughter Stephanie ( http://sdkphoto.com/ ) of Daphne.   I began the portrait in class with fiber artist and friend Lura Schwartz Smith–a very inspirational teacher ( http://lura-art.com/ ).  Working with inks and colored pencils on whole printed background fabric, her portrait came to life.  I machine and hand stitched her feathers and my hand.

Inspiration Photo

Inspiration Photo

Love her feather colors

Love her feather colors

Daphne on my shoulder

Daphne on my shoulder

 

 

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SAQA 2015 Auction donation

Seagull Sunset, Sherry Davis Kleinman’s SAQA 2015 Auction Donation

A lone hungry seagull watching me eat lunch at the Malibu Pier was my inspiration for my SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) 2015 Auction Donation.

Eyes watching every bite we ate...I had to take his photo.

Watching every bite I took…I had to take his photo.

My 12″ x 12″ piece Seagull Sunset was first drawn and then painted on artist canvas with water soluble crayons, colored pencils, and airbrush paint.  See my process below:

Pencil drawing first followed by paint.

Pencil drawing first followed by paint.

Sky and water colors applied with airbrush paint.  Hand stitching with pearl cotton on water.

Sky and water colors applied with airbrush paint. Hand stitching with pearl cotton on water.

Sunset colors added with water-soluble crayons.

Sunset colors added with water-soluble crayons.  Feathers hand stitched on body with pearl cotton.

Edges cut and squared off, quilt sandwich made (top, batting, backing).

Edges cut and squared off, quilt sandwich made (top, batting, backing).

Machine quilting of quilt sandwich.

Machine quilting of quilt sandwich.

Scallop shells added to bottom border.  Individually batted and hand stitched.

Scallop shells added to bottom border. Individually batted and hand stitched.

Detail of my SAQA 2015 Auction donation

Detail of my SAQA 2015 Auction donation

This year’s online auction begins September 18th.

Check out SAQA’s website to see photos of this year’s donations.  https://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3325  (My piece Seagull Sunset is on page 7)

Want to see youtube videos of HOW the donations were made?  Check out this link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ5BzRvCPgNeMqLMKeMUncg   (My video will soon be posted.)

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76 Heart Pillows ready for delivery

76 Heart Pillows ready for delivery

Happy faces as I delivered 76 heart pillows to the Cancer Support Community/Benjamin Center while they were celebrating a Valentine’s Day lunch.  Eight friends and I gathered earlier in the week for a workshop to cut, stitch, sew and stuff heart pillows that aids breast cancer patients.  The pressure of the pillow when placed under an arm helps in recovery….plus it provides a “self hug”….and who doesn’t enjoy a hug when you are healing?

Valentine's Party Cancer Support Community

Valentine’s Party Cancer Support Community/Benjamin Center

The nine of us call ourselves Las Fortunas.  We like to find projects where we can work together to help others in need.  In the past two years we have focused our efforts on making the heart pillows.  We have donated almost 400 pillows.

Pillows for everyone!

Pillows for everyone!

The Cancer Support Community/Benjamin Center in West Los Angeles is a remarkable place offering free services to all cancer patients (all kinds) and their families.  We are very pleased to support them.

Hearts for everyone!

Hearts for everyone!

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I have just finished creating my donation for The “100” Fundraiser to Fight Cancer!   My inspiration was a photo I took at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California.  I am calling it  Lily Pond.    I painted it with water soluble crayons on canvas.  It is machine stitched and It is  13 w X 11  h.

Lily Pond, 2015

Lily Pond, 2015

I am honored to be an invited artist for “The 100” to be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The goal for this Fiber Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is to raise $10,000 in one day.

Lily Pond, detail

Lily Pond, detail

How? All the details are here: http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html

I’m sure you will want to be one of the very exclusive 100 patrons who will be randomly assigned artwork from an extraordinary line-up of international fiber artists when they donate $100.

Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $240,000 through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons in recent years.  Many thanks to Virginia Spiegel for asking me to participate.  

The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer

The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer

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Visions Art Museum’s Saturday, January 17th’s reception of the exhibit Expressions In Equality was outstanding.  23 pieces (each different and inspiring) were on display (until April 4th).  How honored I am to be part of this exhibit.  Thanks to curator Sheila Frampton Cooper for asking us all to participate.IMG_1298

As promised here is a full view of my piece “Common Threads” which was inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou’s quote:  “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

IMG_1297My piece is on the cover of 8 page gallery guide featuring the 23 artists in the show.

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Below is a link to the gallery guide shown above with photos, artist names, and prices for work in the exhibit.  It is a “must see” exhibit if you can visit San Diego before April 4th, and if not this guide will be the next best substitute.

Expressions in Equality 8 page color publication

 

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I am one of 23 invited artists exploring equality themes in Expressions In Equality exhibit curated by Sheila Frampton-Cooper.  How excited I am to be attending the opening reception Saturday January 17th 5-7pm at Vision’s Art Museum in San Diego from 5-7pm.

My piece Common Threads was inspired by a quote by Dr. Maya Angelou:  “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry all equal in value no matter what their color.”

Using a palette of black, white, grey on a red/black background; I created abstracted hand embroidered figures to represent the vast human diverse tapestry Dr. Angelou speaks of.

Here is a detail image, I cannot share full view until after reception.  More photos to come from the reception in next post.

Common Threads detail

Common Threads detail

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The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer

The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer

I am honored, to be an invited artist for “The 100” to be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The goal for this fiber art fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is to raise $10,000 in one day.

Virginia Spiegel the brainchild of Fiberart For A Cause has invited 100 artists to donate fiber art to help raise money to fight cancer.

How? All the details are here: http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html

I’m sure you will want to be one of the very exclusive 100 patrons who will be randomly assigned artwork from an extraordinary line-up of international fiber artists.

100 Artists – 100 Patrons – One Day
$10,000 To Fight Cancer
February 4, 2015

Mark your calendars for this fantastic opportunity to help fight cancer through fiber art.

Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $240,000 through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons in past years.  

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While at the International Quilt Festival in Houston I am looking forward to seeing the exhibit Reflections, Dinner@8′s 2014 exhibit curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jennison.  I am thrilled that my piece In Still Water is part of the exhibit.  My inspiration was a photo I took while visiting Santa Barbara of a Great Blue Heron wading in a pond.

Photo of Great Blue Heron in pond

my photo of Great Blue Heron in pond

I digitally manipulated the photo with an app on my iPad so that it resembled a wood cut; I then printed it on whole cloth, adding Asian fabric letters to set the tone.  The piece is heavily stitched with both machine and hand stitching with silk threads.

 

In Still Water, 24" x 60", 2014

In Still Water, 24″ x 60″, 2014

The stillness of the Great Blue Heron mirrored in the still water helped quiet my mind from the noise of the day around me.  I found myself lost in thought, reflecting “what is and what could be” as I spent hours methodically hand stitching my image. What a pleasure it was to create this piece!

 

Detail Image of In Still Water

Detail image of In Still Water

Detail images of In Still Water

Jamie and Leslie have just published a new book called:  Women Who Come to the Table:  Selected Art from Dinner@8 Artists, featuring selected artists from the past 6 years of exhibits they have curated.  I am thrilled that I have been part of their exhibits for the past 5 years.  I look forward to joining them in Houston for a real live dinner at 8 with other artists from the exhibit (Yes that is how they named themselves!)  It is available through Amazon.

 

 

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I am so happy to be attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston two years in a row.
Because I was an award winner last year (2nd place Digital Imagery) I was asked to donate to the Celebrity IQA Silent Auction that will take place during the Festival. I chose to recreate a detail image from my piece Taking Time to Text which is traveling through 2016 with the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Exhibit Text Messages. If you are in Houston take a look and bid on Texting with Friends! (see it below)

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At the Festival I have two pieces that were juried into the World of Beauty Competition: Geisha and Waiting Expectantly.  I love doing portraits!  Geisha is painted on canvas and Waiting Expectantly is created digitally on my iPad and then printed onto fabric.

Geisha, 24"x 60", 2012

Geisha, 24″w x 60″h, 2012

Waiting Expectantly, 24"w x 60"h, 2013 An Exquisite Moment, Dinner@Eight Exhibit, International Quilt Festival, Long Beach, August, 2013, Houston, October 2013

Waiting Expectantly, 24″w x 60″h, 2013 

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TakingTimeToText SherryKleinman

Digital iPad version of Quilting Arts Magazine

Digital iPad version of Quilting Arts Magazine

How exciting to see my piece Taking Time to Text in the April/May 2014 Quilting Arts Magazine!  (Available in both printed and digital editions.)

A gallery of selected works from the traveling SAQA Exhibit: Text Messages, are featured beginning on page 32.  I saw the exhibit last October when it premiered at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  In the magazine you will see samples of the diverse pieces in the exhibit that interpret the theme.   My own is pretty literal, showing people actually texting.  Using my iPhone I snapped photos of family and strangers using their mobile devices.  I drew images from the photos on my iPad that I then printed and stitched (by hand and machine) onto fabric to create my piece.

For more information about buying the catalog and future travels of the Text Messages Exhibit use this linkhttp://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?cat=8&ec=3&ex=11     (Currently scheduled in 2014 for IQA Shows in Chicago and Portland and 2015 in Brazil.)

Detail photos below:

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TakingTimeToText detail

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TakingTimeToText detail

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