How important is the perfect name? When presenting our artwork to the world it can make a difference. If you can delight your viewers with a title that is fun or memorable, it will keep them looking at the art a little bit longer.

I have made a mash-up-make-over piece that I will enter into a Studio Art Quilt Associates regional show on the theme of all things Wild. I want you to give me suggestions on what to name this energetic piece. Here it is.


43 X 24

I started out with a piece made with hot colors called Resting Between Games AND a busy black and white piece called Addiction. Each in its own way is wild. Resting between Games (2006) was based on a photograph taken at a tennis match. I could have called it Braiding Hair or Tennis Girls, but I wanted to acknowledge the girls as athletes, heated up from playing hard. Addiction (2016) was created as part of a series exploring the ideas around computer technology and the ways in which we are addicted to it. I could have named it Too Much Attention or Crazy Drug. As you can see, I sliced them into sections and combined them to create the new piece.

Resting Between Games 16 X 24
Addiction 28 X 23

I like the way the representational piece is now seen as abstract shapes and colors.  The flow of relationships in the new composition are wonderful!  The new piece brought to mind many of the same emotions as Addiction, only more so! There is too much responsibility, too frantic a pace, too much volume when the children are awake! So I wanted to call it Overloaded, but when Felix saw it he was rather delighted with the energy. He did not find this wild thing oppressive at all. That is the way with artwork. Each person has his or her own take on it.

I don’t think I am good at naming artwork. Shall I call it Exuberance? Wild Thing? I’m Away from the Office? I would love to hear your suggestions. Thanks for your participation! Here are some detail images.

Oranges are in season so I am eating them almost every day. My recipe this month makes citrus into a special treat. Slice orange, cuties, mandarins, or grapefruit into small bites. Pour a 1/4 cup coconut milk on top. Then add toasted seeds (or chopped nuts) and shredded toasted coconut. Enjoy.

Looking at Light

Several months ago, I talked to you about art show themes. I also shared three reference photos taken in early morning light. Here they are again. These photos were my inspiration for creating a piece for the Chasing Light show. I combined the three images and used three different sizes, resulting in a compelling composition…. Read more »

New Combinations

  Are you one of those silly people?  – A person who thinks your house can only hold a finite number of artworks?  There are a lot of you out there! It turns out that art can expand and contract and change, just like other things in your house and yard. For example: walls, paint… Read more »

Spring Calling

  I have created an artwork make over. The new piece is Spring Calling. In last month’s blog I shared an image of an applique picture that I created in 1988. I am showing you that image again. Girl on the Slide is 24 X 40 inches. At that time I used trapunto in a… Read more »

March Miscellany

Some of you live in Gillette Wyoming, but you might not know about the wonderful venue for contemporary art quilts at City Hall. Take the stairs, and see my artwork from various vantage points! I change out the quilts in Spring and Autumn. There are four new pieces to enjoy. Evolution, 43 X 53 (above)… Read more »