Monday, June 30, 2008

j. morgan puett

Probably no one you've heard of. But J. Morgan Puett is an artist I'd like to be... 100% integrated, and lives her life like it's another time. She makes art, garments, interiors and I just don't know what. Her work is evocative and timeless.. she has a cabin in the Pennsylvania woods, where it all happens..

Sunday, June 29, 2008

detail of "the promise land"

just an upclose of what's going on here..

the promise land

the promise land
Originally uploaded by lhmccown
Going to submit for member's show at my gallery..a whole lotta work in this one, my fingers were a little sore (in a good way!).

Saturday, June 28, 2008

more garden

purple coneflower + visitor

I'm so pleased with the garden this year, I'm not sure what the difference is from last year, but I'll take it. I know blazing July and August are coming, when I really won't want to step out at all. I'll enjoy this for now.

Friday, June 27, 2008

a kantha break

Not my work!

I love kantha cloth, made mainly in Bangladesh. The amount of work in them is really amazing. Considering the conditions most of the stitchers live it, I can't imagine the concentration needed to keep the attention to detail these have. I would like to travel to India, Bangladesh and the sub-continent someday, I have several correspondences there, and it's always a treat to receive a real letter, sometimes with colorful designs drawn all over them.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

almost finished

I think I posted this a while ago, and lo and behold I am almost finished with this soon. It really doesn't look much like this anymore. My gallery here takes submissions for solo shows only 2 weeks a year, first two weeks in July. I think it's as much a practice in discipline as well as art content. Anyway, I plan to submit, and this piece is going to be part of it. I'm taking pictures of a bunch of stuff today and tomorrow, so hopefully will have a load more of finished art + craft. It has been a very productive Spring.

This is hand dyed linen, cut and resewn, with embroidery floss and appliqued cotton. It is now part of an art quilt, and is entitled the promise land .

I don't plug too many things, but I've been listening to this music lately, so lovely and wonderful..makes me want to take piano lessons..

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

small garden interlude

A little delight in the mid-June garden..before the sizzling temps of July and August..

Sunday, June 22, 2008

sewing still life

sewing still life
Originally uploaded by lhmccown
I think these things travel with me from room to room. I'm always searching for my thimble, which is usually in my pocket! I love the Valdani 3 strand floss for all kinds of projects. No separation needed!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

art show

I have 3 paintings in a local art show here, in King George,'s one that is in..oil/pencil on canvas 36x36" "Eve" A link to the show:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

linen and lace

linen and lace
Originally uploaded by lhmccown
because sometimes I just feel girly...

Monday, June 16, 2008


If I could paint like anyone I chose, (besides VanGogh) I'd pick John Singer Sargent. His use of paint and light and his deft hand is amazing to me. It's nice to read about a painter who was successful during his lifetime, and he was. He painted all sorts of society figures, including Presidents. I also like that late 19th, early 20th century period anyway. He painted pictures that were wonderful, vibrant and still could be appreciated by non-society folk.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

applique scarf

I love the "Alabama Stitch Book" by Natalie Chanin. I am working on this scarf w/raw edge applique, all of which is using old t-shirt fabric. The whole book is an inspiration, the photos, projects and style of it. I sent for the skirt kit and will start on that soon...

Friday, June 13, 2008

hand stitched atc

Here's a little hand stitchery for an ATC (artist trading card) swap going on at Flickr.
Our theme was fairy tales...I love doing handwork, it's sort of the mother ship for me, as my granny, long ago started me with simple embroidery stitches on a hanky. I love fooling around with the threads and stitches and such. Since then the whole sewing thing has been with me, sometimes as clothes, sometimes as quilts..

Sunday, June 8, 2008

IF 'forgotten"

This is oil and pencil on canvas 20"x24" The far shore.

Saturday, June 7, 2008


On yet another busy weekend, hopefully the last for a while, I will search for a little peace. Ready to settle into the slow, warm, languid days of summer, now.

Friday, June 6, 2008


Oil, pencil and fiber on canvas, 18 x 20"

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Well, if I had unlimited resources, I would go bonkers buying all the Colinette, and Noro yarn I could. I really love artistic yarns, texture and especially color! However, that is not the case! The shawl is Colinette, giotto (love love this yarn) and mohair..the scarf is Noro Kureyon..

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Richard Diebenkorn, to me was a painter's painter. He is probably most famous for is 'Ocean Park' series, which were very large canvases painted in an abstract expressionist way. I love his treatment with paint, the way he used his medium. I have been happy to see his work several times, and love all his stuff..

Monday, June 2, 2008

IF 'baby'

a small painting for Illustration Friday..11"x14" oil and pencil on canvas