Sunday, November 28, 2010

Beech Tree

Beech Tree, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.

I took this unusual shot today on the Longwood Mall. The mall is a small park near my house, with really old beech trees. They were planted in the mid 1800's and miraculously still stand today. Thankfully, they are protected so no developers can cut them down in order to build more condos.

After I took the photo I realized it looked like an eye with stitches down the cheek.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

25 Things About Me

The other day I was "tagged" on FaceBook to list 25 things about myself. At first I thought, wow! Can I even think of 25 things about me? It seemed a daunting task frankly. But hey, I am almost 61 years old. If I can't think of 25 things about myself by now, well........
Part two of the "tagging" was to choose 25 of your FaceBook friends including the original person who tagged you, and send your list to them.
I did start a list, but then I thought some may not be that interested or may think I was spamming them or something. So I decided to post my 25 things here, on my blog. Where people can read it or not. Their choice. So here are my 25 things:

1. I will turn 61 in February.
2. I am an old hippie flower child from the 70's.
3. I lived in a tipi once.
4. I lived in Hawaii once.
5. I lived in Ibiza once.
6. I lived in Key West a lot.
7. I have two adult children in their 30's.
8. I have an 11 year old grandson.
9. I am an artist who spent over 30 years exploring gouache, oils and watercolors.
10. I have been married twice.
11. I am Jewish.
12. I camped out for an entire summer in the Rocky Mountains once living in a small tent.
13. I was arrested once for hitchhiking.
14. My second child was home birthed.
15. I once lived for 3 years with no electricity or running water or indoor plumbing.
16. I never turn the lights off now.
17. I need to be creating all the time. I am addicted to making stuff.
18. I hate clothes shopping but am addicted to book shopping.
19. I have had many lovely gardens in my life. Both vegetable and tropical fruit.
20. I miss my gardens very much. Especially my banana and papaya trees.
21. I always wonder if I could have been a better parent.
22. I am a fantastic grandparent.
23. Both of my parents are still alive and I am grateful we have had so much time together.
24. I regret the way I treated them when I was younger.
25. I am glad they still love me anyway.

Full Moon Over Brookline

full moon over Brookline, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Before I start pulling out beads....

I thought I would post this. I started it before I became ill last week, and I have been staring at it for over a week now. I know what needs to be done but of course I am reluctant to do it after all that work. But it will only get worse so I may as well just do it. Today is as good a day as any since It will be pretty mindless, repetitive work.
The problem is the green beads. They are just too close in value to the pink luster beads on the figure. There is not enough contrast.  It may be hard to tell in the photo as I am so bad with capturing the proper light in my photos, but trust me it is not working. Especially when I set it next to my other two figures. They are full of interesting contrasts.

Time to start pulling.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Making progress (just not beading)

I miss beading. But right now getting back on my feet is my number one priority. Today I had my first solid food since Friday. So that is progress.
I haven't felt much like beading but I am thinking about beading and that counts. Mostly I have been sitting on the couch, watching...........ahem........TV. I know. I hate TV. But sometimes when you are sick and can't focus, TV is the only thing to be done. Mostly I have been watching movies on Demand, so at least there are no commercials with that. Although, and I am not going to say this too loud,  I got addicted to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I had no idea I could be that shallow! It was a shock. Really. And then the other night I watched, do I dare say this, Sarah Palin's Alaska! I figured I had better see what we are dealing with here. Especially with all the 2012 talk. Let me say, I can't stand the woman. I can't listen to her when she is spewing her "you betcha" bullshit. But the show, well, I liked the show. It showed her in a different light. NOT a presidential light, in any way, shape or form, but there will be people who see her that way from this show. And that is not a comforting thought. Buyer beware.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bah Food poisoning

You may have noticed that I haven't posted anything in a few days. I have been nearly at death's door with a severe case of food poisoning. I never had food poisoning before. Not like this. Sure I've had the occasional upset stomach from a bad meal but this was different. This I could see, might have killed me. It got to me to thinking how quickly we can go from the perfect picture of health one day, to near death the next.
I spent all day Saturday in the ER. They were so wonderful to me there. They put warm blankets on me and loaded me up with IV fluids so I wouldn't dehydrate. At one point they even gave me some morphine for the pain and cramping.
Today (3 days later) I am finally up out of bed and beginning to feel human again. One of the nurses said that I would be weak as a kitten and she wasn't kidding. I didn't even have the strength to lift a magazine or a newspaper. I couldn't even concentrate.
This whole thing has made me realize that just because I live across the street from so many restaurants, I need to get back into cooking more. It is so easy when I get home from work too tired to cook, to just order in. Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, you name it, we have it in our neighborhood.
I have so many cookbooks but I always think that there is a restaurant nearby who can make it better than me. Maybe not.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Get me the Head!

Before you all think I have gone completely over the edge, allow me to explain. The other day, one of my beady face book friends posted a link to Teresa Sullivan. Sullivan is an extraordinary bead artist with a vision unlike anything I have ever seen.

 I fell in love with her heads on the spot.

Also on the web site was a video of her creating one of her heads. I have watched it over and over until I think I understand most of it. I got out my trusty bead book and taught myself 3 drop tubular peyote stitch.  It was much easier than I thought it would be. I also learned how to make fringe. Eventually my head will be covered in dreadlocks.

I still can’t quite get the increases right for making chin and cheeks but I had a lot of fun making this. Plus I was home sick today with a horrid cold, so what else was I going to do?

Here he is so far.....
Promise not to laugh....well actually you can laugh. It is fun not to take it all so seriously.....

Monday, November 8, 2010

Spread the word!

Registration for the 2011 Bead Journal Project is up and running. I just signed up and I am really looking forward to it. It will be an interesting challenge for me. To create a piece that is the same size for each month and somehow all are related to one another. For more information on joining (it does not cost anything) click here.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Stiff Stuff.....

I like this Lacy's stiff stuff. I can see myself making small components like this and appliqueing them to a larger piece. The one thing I don't like is all the tiny hairs that come off while working, The canvas doesn't do that. I like the smooth surface of the canvas better. But I am trying a variety of techniques, in the hopes of improving every day. Today someone posted on my Facebook page how my new bead embroidery designs remind them of my hand painted T shirts of long ago. And yes they do. I have always been inspired by Pre-Columbian artifacts and they seem to come out in my work in a variety of ways!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ms Tolima or self portrait????

Ms Tolima, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
I wasn't sure if I was going to finish this but as it turns out I am glad I did. I think she is interesting and at the very least I am getting better with my beadwork and my stitches. I like the way her central area came out. In the original it is just a circle. But to me it seemed like as many times as her heart has been broken there is always room for a new flower to take root there.

This is the original piece from a Pre-Columbian artifact: