Some begin painting, sculpting, collage making, etc. at a young age, others not until their seventh decade.
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Here's a response from last March when we did the same drawing in March:
In response to your newsletter, I wanted to respond to the question of my "most satisfying needlepoint project". This is easy, as I was just thinking about it last night! I recently discovered your website and the wonderful variety of canvases you offer. I have been doing needlepoint for about 6 years, and I prefer painted canvas. Prior to finding your site, I always worked on hand-painted (stitch painted) canvases. I was a bit leary of trying a screen printed canvas but after purchasing some, I really like the quality feel of the canvases. I am now working on my 1st canvas that I purchased from you, "Angel" by Edward Burne-Jones. This is probably the most difficult canvas I have ever done. The shading and the detail were much different than what I was used to with a stitch painted canvas. After some ado in getting started, I am now well into it and I am having more fun with it than with any project I have ever done before! So, last night, I was thinking about why that was and I realized it is because it is not stitch painted! As I stitch the canvas, I have to step back and take a look at the overall design and make decisions about where to begin a stitch, or where to emphasize the shading for instance. This makes the entire project more challenging, but also involves me more in the creation of the project. I feel more connected to the piece as art, rather than just filling in the blanks. It feels more personal and there is more freedom in the creation process. This is more than what I did before with choosing threads or stitches for each area. I do not consider myself very creative, I usually feel resistance and a "block" when I try and venture out of my comfort zone. But in stitching your art in needlepoint canvases, and pushing myself just a bit, I feel a whole new level of enjoyment in the stitching process. Now, I don't want to stitch hand painted canvases any more
Thank you Katherine for sharing Fireworks with us!
Musical Instruments above is by painter Louis Schanker, who according to Wikipedia and a book about contemporary American artists, was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home and lived a life far removed from his parents ideals.
He studied art at Cooper Union and the Arts Students League where he came into contact with some very talented rising artists such as Mark Rothko, with whom he developed a lifelong relationship. However, before taking up painting on a permanent basis, he worked with the Barnum and Bailey circuses, threshed wheat in the Great Plains, and worked various odd jobs across the county.
When the Depression hit he was invited to work with the WPA. This experience proved significant both to his art and to the art of his time. It was a rather controversial period in contemporary art history.
In addition to painting for the balance of his life, he taught art at the New School and later at Bard College.
His art work can be found in many museums around the country including: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Public Library in MA, the Brooklyn Museum of Art (who have a great exhibition on now about art from the 1920's - if you live close), the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art MOMA , the Detroit Institute of Art
(who seem to have a Groupon coupon on now so take a friend!), the MET, the Smithsonian, University of Boulder Colorado, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art..... If we missed any let us know!
Hopefully you can see one in person at a museum near you and have fun browsing the collections online at each of these institutions.
Artist Marian Kessler credits her sense of colour to growing up in the spectacular landscapes of northern New Mexico.
Kessler developed a deep-rooted love of different artistic media from the patchwork of cultures in the American Southwest. Her intricate mixed media collages are influenced by her interests in archaeology and folk art, science and myth, as well as a strong belief in the validity of fine craft as an art form.
We think of her needlepoint canvases as an art form as well! Majolica II (above) is one of series by Kessler.
Available in several sizes. Will make a terrific seat cushion.
Here's a little something to take with you that I made, said Paula to her son as he packed for college.
What a wonderful way to give a little of yourself and a terrific use of a small canvas!
Thanks for sharing this with us Paula!
When I first went on Art Needlepoint's website, I couldn’t' believe the variety of canvases that were offered, each better than the next. When I ordered the canvases, I finally decided that I wanted to try Chaim Parchi's “The five books of Moses".
I ordered all of the threads with the canvases, all at once. The real thrill was that I ordered 6 canvases and got 2 for free. You must be think "she must be crazy", to get so many canvases at once. I must say when I received the canvases, and saw the detail that was in them, I didn't know how or if they were going to be as nice as the original works.
At this point, I consider this an investment, since needlepointing has become a full time interest for me.
For the entire month of October all canvases with at least a smigden or more of pink in them are 10% off when you use MakeitPink in the Discount Code at Checkout for 10% off.
Portion of proceeds from sales of these canvases goes to the Susan G. Komens Foundation.