Laughing Dog Arts

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Neutral doodle

I decided to try for a more subtle color way on this one.  This scrim seems to be endlessly fascinating to me for stitching on.  I used an old piece of wool for the batting, the color of it barely shows through.
The dragonfly wings are Ash tree seeds.  I just glued them down under the blue bead.  Under the doughnut shape is some thread smush that I stitched down.  The dark piece under the light piece in the center of the doughnut is a piece of rust I broke off the old horse trailer, and the light piece is something I found on the beach.  I also stuck on a bit of hornet nest I found, and stitched the whole thing onto a little stick I picked up in the woods.  The threads are rayon embroidery floss I purchased at a garage sale.  They had a big bunch of them, I bought them all for $1.00.  They smelled of cigarettes but after I left them out in an open box for a couple months the smell disappeared.  I still don't like licking the ends to try and thread them into a needle.  but they are pretty and shiny.  This whole piece is from found materials.  The white beach bit looks almost like a figure.
Be well and stay tuned, I'm getting a giveaway ready.  I think it is my turn.   Listening to Bob Dylan today.


Marlene said...

Very interesting piece, I like it. It is fun to use found objects in art both for the artist and the lucky ones who get to view it.

Marilyn said...

The more I see your work the more I like it! I really like the way you use unusual found items. You have a wonderful imagination!!
Palm Sunday Blessings!

Robbie said...

I jut got used to your work being brighter so I was taken back at first. This piece is very soothing and quiet but I do like it!

audrey said...

This is a lovely piece, Jan. I find it to be very calming and soothing. And I love that it is made from found objects.
All of your artwork is wonderful.
♥ audrey

Emmy said...

hello Jan
a beautiful piece you made very lovely I like it very much

about the book I made it has 11 compartments can you believe it
thanks for visiting my blog

Jan said...

Thanks for your comments:

Marlene: yes, found objects can be so inspiring to find a creative use for, really gets my mind spinning at times.

Marilyn: Blessings to you on this day also! I'm glad you like it, it is a bit different for me.

Robbie, maybe the nearly full moon has influenced me, made me work in moon tones?

Audrey, thanks as always for taking a look and commenting. I'm glad if it calmed you down;-)

Emmy, thanks for coming by. I do like the book/needle holder you made, it is lovely.

Marie S said...

This is so nice Jan, I love it.
I also love the changes you have made to the blog too!
Have a great week,
Love and hugs.

maggi said...

Scrim is so fantastic to work with. It must be very satisfying to have made such a beautiful piece from found materials. I have just found your blog and I think your work is stunning.

Queenmothermamaw said...

What a beautiful and artistic piece. You are so talented. Blessings to you.

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Jan,

Thank you for coming to visit me again and yes the little wooden egg is indeed a half an egg!
I appreciate your comments very much.
I really like this piece that you made...I love found objects and I love collecting bits and pieces anywhere...I found a tiny robot one day, Lol, not sure where he will fit in the scheme of things yet but he will have a home eventually!
Smiles and Sunshine,


Iowa Gardening Woman said...

That is so cool! Now I have an idea what to do with all those ash tree seeds, anything to do with nature is an inspiration to me and you have done that. I have a large glass full of seed pods, wasp nest pieces, pieces of bird eggs, pine cones, just about anything from outside, my grandsons call it Granny's nature jar. Bob Dylan rules..........nice blog.

Fox On The Run Meanderings... said...

Jan, this turned out soooo neat! You just sit there at group and sew and sew and transform little pieces into the most wonderful art...amazing woman!