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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fine Art for barter

I'm in Durango CO, my home town for my summer recharge and the air smells absolutley wonderful!
It is 85 degrees in the day and mid 40's at night ...gorgeous!
Two years ago I agreed to a barter with Colorado based fabric artist , Lisa Rea.  The deal was a king size quilt, now titled "Hawaii", for a 36 x 48 x 2.5" original painting on hand strecthed canvas.
 On my last visit we spent 4 hours in a local shop selecting fabric, which I must say was quite the process.  I was like a kid in a candy shop, captivated by all of the beautiful patterns and colors.  Fortunately, I had guidance from my daughter, Rosalyn Nasky and Lisa Rea in making the decisions.
The end result is stunning!
During this visit, Lisa and I visted the studio of Durango CO, quilter and artist, Faye Goddin, who is doing the long arm stitching on the piece.  I have a new appreciation for fabric artistry!  This time we selected thread colors, weights, and patterns for the top stitching.
Yesterday Lisa and I drove up US HWY 550 North towards Silverton CO, to nail down her painting content.  I gathered reference photos and got sketches of the high country landscape.  As we drove up into the high country of Colorado I spotted an Aspen grove and got fabulous fish eye view images.  I'm excited to return to my studio and paint from this well spring of inspiration.   Meanwhile, Happy trails!

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