Saturday, December 31, 2011

Painting 2011

Painting 2011 by Lorie McCown
Painting 2011, a photo by Lorie McCown on Flickr.

A selection of paintings done this year..

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A word interlude.




If this is the time of Time itself, it's a mean and lean season. Reason and hope find little to say in the jingle jangle news of the day. Patience with unanswered prayer runs out. Maybe even God prefers a little peace and quiet. But before it's too dark, too sad or too late, teach us to pray. A haze of holiday habit conceals the bottom line. Holy absence makes a heart grow hard, then harder, without a purpose or design. Teach us to pray, lest we who know the story best become accustomed to this restless season. Teach us to pray for a sign.



Scatter proud powers that refuse to imagine. Shatter the loud towers of Hate, the high walls of Forget. Lift the homeless whisper, the sigh that says, "Alone?" Fill the hungry emptiness that echoes in the marrow of our bones. When times are tough, a rumor of angels is never enough. We need holy terror to startle expectations, and altar/alter us with outrageous grace. Wreck our rational designs with celestial encounters. Let us hear the rustle of wings as we take out the trash. Teach us to pray.


A small essay  from my friend Carole DuBois, an amazing writer and thinker. I am honored to call her my friend.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday










Knitting, the briny deep and sketchbook.


and this.. I hope it shows here.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

December Views..

It's that time of the year again, to become quiet and peaceful. I am participating in December Views, going to stick to pictures only for the month of December. Silence the din of the year.

 a little Waterhouse to start off..

December views

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dress series continues

New art dress entitled "Sackcloth and ashes'' Hand dyed fiber, discharged fabrics, hand and machine sewn, embellished.






About 65" long. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November color

Because really, in the end nature is the best colorist.














Even the grays are better






A feeble attempt to duplicate.





Tuesday, November 8, 2011

waterdress

waterdress by Lorie McCown

waterdress, a photo by Lorie McCown on Flickr.


One of 4 art dresses I've made based on the 4 elements of earth, fire, air and

water.  Made of hand dyed fabrics and fibers, each one took me over 2 weeks

to make. Hand and machine sewn, embroidered and appliqued. This dress is a

bit 'fish' shaped, with positive and negative kelp and fish shapes all over. 

It's over 70" long and wearable. I have made hangers for all of them as well.

Here's a detail shot of the dress..





Maybe a 'wave' dress next..



Friday, November 4, 2011

fire dress

fire dress by Lorie McCown
fire dress, a photo by Lorie McCown on Flickr.


Here's a close up of the fiber and the stitching. Sheer overlays and overdyed silks and cottons..

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

earthdress

earthdress by Lorie McCown
earthdress, a photo by Lorie McCown on Flickr.

One of four art dresses I've sewn, based on the four elements, earth, air, water and fire.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fiber Art Now Magazine

There is a nice, new magazine out now "Fiber Art Now".  The first issue is out, and my work and words are in there. Take a look..










It's a good mail day!  If you like to see the rest, here's the link.

Monday, September 26, 2011

encroachment








a bit about this piece...

Slowly but surely, the suburbs are coming together, like tectonic plates, moving toward the center. Houses are built; shopping centers are placed on top of hallowed battlefields, erasing all that once was. Abstracting two aerial views of my area, I've synthesized a coming together of the worlds. By enclosing the wild areas of our world, we are corralling the wild into the tame. I am again, striving for a meaningful piece of art, which encompasses my current concerns, as well as striving for an interesting and beautiful piece of art to view.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Finally Autumn...

It was a very long and trial filled summer, and I'm glad it's over. I've been working on submission for shows, and also the Lazarus series of work, combining fiber and paint.



Lazarus III  fiber, paint, canvas  20x20"

I hope the fall is a quiet, comtemplative time around here.


The last of the coneflowers are being harvested by the bees..

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New work at Studio A

It's always a sense of relief and unbelief to hang a show.  All those hours of work, all that over thinking. Then it's hung, and pray to God it all looks good. My new solo show opens up tomorrow, Sept 2, at Studio A, in Fredericksburg Va.
It's been a summer of extremes, but at least I've made my studio time a priority. Fall is always a busy time with shows, art festivals and such. It pays off to be consistent in the studio.

"Lily"  acrylic on wood  14x14"

Besides pricing, I think keeping the mojo going when all your work seems to be in the 'ugly' stages is the most difficult. Staring at a painting or fiber piece looking for it to start to 'sparkle' is agonizing sometimes.  I feel most insecure about my paintings (today, ask me tomorrow). Maybe because it is what I was trained in, or maybe because painting has been so over analyzed, but it takes me as long to make a good painting as it does anything else.



'Moonrise'   fiber   37x23"

If you are interested in any of the pieces, let me know, I've priced them very reasonably, and have a good supply on my hands. I'm also going to be participating in the Baltimore Inner Harbor Art Festival this month, check the side bar for more information.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Getting ready for a show

My show at Studio A in F'burg opens on Sept. 1st, and the ensuing chaos is now in session.. So much on the to do list, I weary of it. But onward I go..



Work still going on, it will be done!



piles of stuff, ok, never going to be featured in "Studios' magazine! I know I know..


Art quilts and paintings.. all in a row.. not!!





On the easel (floor) right now..

And my son took a great class on street art, and has gone and done some work..Wonder where he gets his art gene from? :D  Love it!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Etsy store sale!

The whole rest of July, I'm offering everything at 50% off, I need space!  Go have a look, I'm listing new art every single day.




Friday, July 22, 2011

up close and personal..



Hand dyed and commercial fabrics. Hand and machine stitched, appliqued, quilted and embroidered. Going 3-d for these latest pieces.