Monday, February 9, 2015

For Nancy D

Hi Nancy D!

You asked me a question but posted it via no-reply email.  I tried to find you in cyber space but could not.  So here is your answer.

When I posted that purse I was pressing the side seam open and stitching the handles down on each side.  As I made more of them I realized that I could simply make the handle, fold it in half (both the short and long one) and stitch them into the seam allowance before I finished the purse by putting them close to each end of the zipper. I doubled their strength by stitching them again when I finished the purse as I sewed the half circle that completed the bag portion.  I hope this is helpful.  If not send me an email at claudeblarson@yahoo.com and I will send pictures.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck.

Om shanti shanti shanti - For you yogis out there!

Good morning.  It is icing and preparing to snow outside today - again, here in the northeast.  I could be disappointed except that I have the day home from work and I am stuck in a house full of art supplies.  So, life could be worse.

This is my latest piece that I completed yesterday.  It is another experiment on an 8X8 canvas with various acrylic paints and mediums.


The base canvas was gessoed and painted red.  I then used some stencils to add gesso over the top and of the red and washed it with a gold toned, but not metallic, acrylic paint.  The Om is made of modeling paste that I put through a stencil I made with an old manilla folder. I painted it with metallic gold paint.  The lotus flower was cut from some old book pages that I painted yellow and then low lighted before I matte medium applied them to the canvas.  Shanti was stamped on some tan tissue paper that I found and adhered with matte medium as well.  The small collage on the bottom right is a collection of tissue paper, painted deli wrap, gelli  monoprint and gold wrapper from a Harry and David pear.  Finally, I added a few marks with acrylic markers and some permanent micron pens.  

As with my previous pieces, I added a quote around the edge.  Because of the subject matter, I used a quote I have adapted from the Buddha.  





I love this affirmation because no matter how my day went yesterday or last week or last year - each day is an opportunity to be my best self again.  To endeavor to be honest, humble, hard-working and peaceful.  What more can I do but try to be these things.  

So for all of you fellow yogis out there, I say let your art, music, writing, passion be your bliss.  Let it fill you with peace and let it shine out from you in all directions.

Thank you for stopping by the blog.  The light within me honors and respects the light within you.  NAMASTE.