From Photo To Fiber Art 3

Original Lone Boat, Photo by Andy Sexton

In the last 2 posts I talked about art that referenced photos.  Today I’m focusing on the photo itself as/in art.

One of my most recent finishes is just that.  I ‘ll show you a peek at it since it’s one that I will send in for submission to an exhibit so I want to hold off on publishing pictures of it until then.  SO… here’s a small section of one titled “All’s Well Under The Sun.”

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Small Detail of “All’s One Under The Sun.”


In this detail alone, there are parts of 3 different photos, yet I think this small section could stand alone as a finished piece.

This one was a true challenge though!  I went through a zillion attempts before I finished this one.  I used at least one, almost 2 entire sets of ink cartridges and rejected so many WIPS it’s not funny!

I posted a couple of them in January.  That’s how long I’ve been struggling with this one; but in the end, I’m pretty satisfied with the the results whether it gets accepted or not.

It’s for the SAQA call for art. “Concrete and Grasslands” so it won’t even be submitted until September for an exhibit that won’t open until June of 2016.

Once again, I’m linking up with Nina Marie’s Off The Wall Friday.



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Some readers have told me they have had problems commenting on this blog and I want you to know I finally figured out why and I fixed it! WordPress has a good forum where someone was able to direct me to the exact place to go to make the necessary changes.  My thanks to those who let me know about the problem and to the one who gave me such good advise! You all should not have to go through the hoops to comment here anymore!

It’s so nice to have clean tables to work on – unusual but nice when it happens! Unfortunately, I took these pics last week and they do not look like this today! I shifted things around a little and now the TV is in a bit of an awkward place but it’s fine until I get around to repositioning it….well, until Bill gets around to it.

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I don’t know what happened the other day.  I took  pictures for about an hour or so and there were a bunch already on the camera from another trip to Boston but when I got home to upload them there were no pictures in the camera and it said there was no more memory! What a disappointment! Did that ever happen to you?  I don’t know why it happened but the next round of pics I took at my grand daughter’s First Communion came out just fine.  Isn’t she a sweetie?!

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My Youngest grandaughter, Markie Lawhorne on her First Communion Day.

From Photo To Fiber Art 2

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Although all art is conceived in the hearts and minds of the artist, I think it’s safe to say that most art is derived from something outside of sheer imagination. There is usually some form of reference for what we actually put on paper, canvas or fabric. A photograph is often the source from which we create our own interpretation of the subject. We don’t aim to copy.  We hope to create something expressive and unique to ourselves.  Otherwise, we’d be happy putting the picture up on the wall to admire.  And we do that too. But for the artists, it’s all about creating something new, something that shows how we perceive the world through our own hearts and minds.

Usually I use my own photos.  In fact, more and more I go out to take pictures just so I can use them in making my art.  But from time to time, I will use someone else’s photo, with their permission, of course. Because my ex-husband still lives  on Cape Cod and he works in Woods Hole, he has daily access to world renowned views and I’m more than happy to use them  as inspiration for my own artwork. I think that more and more he takes them just so I can use them.  It’s a symbiotic relationship after marriage.

Here’s two examples of his photos and my artwork that is based on these photos.

Being a watchman for MBL, Andy has a unique point of view from which to take photos. I think this one is from the Lily building.


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Eel Pond Boats Study
I think this is just as the sun is rising in Woods Hole, MA.


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Across The Pond

You can see pretty clearly that no attempt was made to copy the photo; rather, to create something new, that may even have a different story about it altogether.  My point of view is quite different from that of the photographer. And so are the stories we tell.