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Quick Show and Tell

Quick Show and Tell

In my September blog post, I showed you many examples of artwork inspired by relationships with people, animals and place.  Two of the photos I shared then, are now small pieces of art. The first step in my work process, was to do a lot of editing. I limited the number of fabric choices, I removed unnecessary details, and I altered the placement of some of the background values.

Winter Stroll

In Winter Stroll, the original reference photo had more stuff behind the figures, including a speed limit sign and a more obvious curb. I removed these, but felt that the composition was better with the street light left in. If I were to create this image in a much larger size, I think that the 15 mi speed limit sign would add to the idea of the relaxed pace of these walkers and dogs.

 

 

Sisters

 

Sisters was a gamble with color changes. Would these girls wear the new colors that a selected? I wanted to capture the original feeling of the photo, but add something a little special to keep your interest.

Bea and Teddy

 

 

 

Bea and Teddy is all about the light and shadows. I used exagerated original colors, and simplified the far backgroud rhythm and the shadow bits in the road and grass. Here’s the photo for comparison.

 

 

 

Cranberry Pancakes- Put one c. of fresh cranberries in a covered glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Add 1/3 c. oats and 2/3 c. water, cover, and microwave for 2.5 minutes. Let cool, and stir in 2 T. each peanut oil and honey, 1/2 c. yogurt, and 2 eggs. Add 7/8 c. oat flour, 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1 t. baking powder, and 1/2 t. salt. Mix well. Add water if too sticky. Cook on griddle at 350 degrees. Eat hot or cold.

 

 

 

 

Inspiration Found in Relationships

Inspiration Found in Relationships

My artist statement has drifted this way and that over the years, but one thing remains the same. People Together. Relationship. Of course dogs and horses and cats are also ‘people’. There are other Sowada characteristics of outdoors, seasons, reflections, and shadows that usually appear as well.     Here are some examples of reference… Continue Reading

Pendulum Swinging

Pendulum Swinging

Politics also go through a seasonal cycle, but instead of the sweet and nurturing circle we experience within seasons of the year, political climates are right and left, pendulum swinging back and forth. The trapeze is up so very high! The political tribes have opposite view points on so many things – Are rules for the… Continue Reading

Use What You Have

I am often heard saying “Use what you have.”  I am pretty good at practicing what I preach. I design new garden beds with easy to move perennials in mind, those already in other beds and ready to thin. I take pleasure in finding a wonderful way to use three leftovers in the refrigerator. At… Continue Reading