Right after his election to the Royal Academy a the minimum required age of twenty -five, Lawrence was given the commission for the portrait of Sarah Goodin Barrett Moulton. She had just turned eleven and arrived from Jamaica. The adolescent looks like she is about to perform a dance step in the wind, a wind ruffling her hair and blowing about the ribbons on her hat. She comes toward us, in front of a vast cloudy sky, looking at us with a candid expression (and an innocent ambiguity). The color of her dress explains the nickname Pinkie which at a very early date, as soon as it was painted, was given to the picture (and of course in contrast with Gainsborough's Blue Boy)
Nothing in this portrait foreshadowed the story's sad end: Pinkie died at the age of twelve, a week before Lawrence showed her portrait at the Royal Academy(at the time the work failed to win the huge popularity it still enjoys today).
(p158 of Only in America by Pierre Rosenberg)
What Sports figure or Celebrity Would You like to Needlepoint?Check this link for Hockey Needlepoint.
Some of our Spring Summer classes will repeat - so don't despair if you missed a class you were thinking of taking.
More classes will be scheduled for the new year!
Fall is often an exciting time for galleries and museums world wide - a time when new art is installed and exhibitions on view.
This fall there are many regional and large museums with some fabulous exhibits - too many to name here - so we are highlighting a few that may tickle your fancy.
A regional group show in CA hosted by the Getty Foundation. There will be 68 exhibits in nearly all of the art institutions between Santa Barbara and San Diego - all focused on regional artists. It is called Pacific Standard Time - and the link will show you all the exhibits.
The Met in NYC is about to open 19,000 square feet displaying Arab Treasures and Art spanning 13 centuries. We are planning a retreat to the MET in 2012, and we will be sure to see this during our visit.
London's National Gallery will be showcasing 69 of Leonardo da Vinci's works. It begins Nov 9 and runs until Feb. 5. 2012. While this was not one of our sites for a retreat in 2012, we would very much like to see these surviving works, many of which have not been in the public.
If you would be interested in joining Art Needlepoint in November or in January in London, please let us know so we may reserve an appropriate number of tickets.
In Cleveland (and then later in January 2012 at the MET), Chinese Art in the Age of Revolution opens on Oct 16th.
If you don’t mount your needlepoint on a frame, you have an on-going problem. I find that I feel as though I’m battling with the canvas all the time to find the place where I am stitching. I’m afraid I’ll stitch the canvas to itself and get cramps in my hands from scrunching up the canvas.
Canvas Clips from Dream House Ventures can solve many of these problems. The package has two pairs of clips in it, small and large. Like bobby pins, they are wavy on one side and straight on the other.
You use the by rolling the canvas and placing them (wavy side in) at either end. This creates a smaller item to hold and protects the canvas from the wear scrunching it can cause.
I tried the clips on two different canvases and compared it to stitching the same canvas without clips. By and large they did what they are supposed to do; made the canvas easier to hold while making the area to be stitched clearly visible.
One of the canvases I used is an older canvas so it is very soft. While the clips did keep the piece in a roll, it still flopped around. Although it was easier to stitch, the flopping meant that the clip on the end away from where I was stitching popped out, repeatedly. Admittedly this canvas is in very bad shape, but this is something to note because not all canvases will have a good tight fit.
The second canvases was newer. There were no problems here with the clips coming off; they worked beautifully. However newer canvas still has lots of sizing in it. It still kept the roll after I removed the clips, so even my stitching without them went well.
This is a great and useful tool for those who like to stitch their needlepoint in hand.