Archive for the ‘Creative Process’ Category

Hellllooooo out there……

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I know, I know, it’s been ages since I’ve poked my head up and written.  My dear friend, Terry, just wrote to remind me of that yesterday (Thanks, Terry for getting me back to the computer).  Frankly, I haven’t been doing or seeing much art since my move out to sunny California.  Since I had a fairly good rhythm of making and seeing art in Chicago, post ideas were obvious.  Now, not so much.  So, the focus of the blog will change along with my life.  Your guess is as good as mine whether the transition will be sucessful.

 

Though we have been settled in our house for about 8 months now, life still feels very transitional.  Much of that has been intentional.  Very good in some ways, in others, much more challenging.  I have never had a period in my life where I felt so stretched, at least for so sustained a period of time.  Ken and I are actively talking and planning for a very big life change; his transition out of corporate life and our eventual, permanent move further north and out of Silicon Valley.  It’s hardly around the corner, but requires lots of decisions to be made now to make it happen. Life has involved a ton of planning.   Exciting and scary at the same time.  I guess this is my/our version of a midlife crisis:-)

 

My creative energies have been spent looking for land up north and designing a house and site plan.  I have also been trying to get a basic infrastructure planned, bid out and built.  The learning curve has been steep, but really exciting.    All of which I feel a bit protective of sharing on the internet.  In general, I feel a bit odd sharing about my personal life here.  This blog was always about art and now it feels like it needs to take a more personal, vulnerable focus.  I’m not sure I know how to do that dance or even if I care to.  I guess I’ll have to stew on that one.

 

cropped lucy

Lucy is completely unimpressed with my midlife crisis

 

More to come.  Soon……..

 

 

 

 

Inspiring Post from Artist Jeanne Beck

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

One of my favorite fiber artists, Jeanne Beck, had a beautiful post this morning about creativity.  Beside  her own commentary, it includes 2 short videos made by John Coffeen featuring artist John Frame and his creative process.  The videos have one of the most beautifully articulated explanations of the making and meaning of art and the artistic process that I’ve heard.  Very, very inspiring.  Thanks, Jeanne! 

 

Take a look here

Hitting the Restart Button

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Hi all,

I am back.  Our move out to California has had a much longer settle in time than I would ever have imagined possible.   My life was pretty much in a holding pattern for the first 3 1/2 months out here.  Among other challenges, I was never able to fully unpack and my dyeing workspace never materialized.  I don’t want to dwell on the drama of it, but we have moved for a second time.   We are now in a great place, my work areas are functional and I am ready to get on with living and making some art.

 

I had been working on cave pieces prior to all of this life upheaval, but am feeling very drawn to making things with nature images right now.  Making things that reconnect me to a feeling of peace seem just right.  I am busy screening pieces with vat dye and will steam my pieces at the end of the week.

 

Maine Pond (C) Tracy McCabe Stewart

I have been spending time at a great local studio:  A Work of Heart and took a resin class.  I’ll be experimenting with using this new resin to incorporate mixed media into my pieces.  I’ll post pictures.

 

Dragonfly (C) Tracy McCabe Stewart

Thanks for sticking with me!

 

Tracy

Tracy vs. Technology

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Well, by my lack of posts, you can probably guess who’s been winning this one.  I finally got the pictures off my phone, but found I had oodles of other pictures on there like movie promo stills and headlines off the BBC.  Weird.  Anyway, when I tried to delete them, I ended up copying them endlessly.  I tried to make a folder with the photos I’d actually taken and deleting the rest, but ended up deleting  some of the photos I meant to keep.  I did manage to save some, so here goes.

 

I had a wonderful lunch recently with Margie Trembley from the Needle Arts Guild in Chicago.  She was out for a wedding in San Jose.  Beside being an artist herself, Margie and her husband, Glenn have a great gallery in Springfield, NE called Springfield Artworks

 

Margie introduced me to fiber/bead artist, Shirley Cook.  I took some pictures of Shirley’s beautiful work:

Felted Vessel (C) By Shirley Cook

 I took these at the restaurant table with my phone camera, so excuse the backgrounds:

Felted Vessel (C) By Shirley Cook

 

This one turned out a bit blurry:

Felted Vessel (C) By Shirley Cook

I’m sad to say I managed to delete the other photos I had of Shirley’s work.

 

I am setting up my raised bed vege garden this week.  I’ll post pictures, provided that my phone cooperates:-)

Adventures in Moving

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Well, I have sold my longarm and am in negotiations to sell our house, I’ve found a great place to live in San Jose.  Things are rolling along, but are taking a ton of time and energy.  I haven’t managed to create a sale page for my work, as I’d hoped.  For one thing, I can’t figure out how to get the Paypal buttons into the body of my blog post.  I will not have time to get a proper sale page up for another week.

I actually have about 6 or 7 pieces that aren’t up on the site yet.  Theyare experiments with mixing images on plexiglass and quilted material.  Half are framed cave images and half are very small tree pieces that sit on the table. I’ll try to get those posted over the next few days.

In the meantime, if you are interested in a piece of my work, email me and I will tell you the regular price and the sale price.   I basically price my work at $1.50 per square inch, so sale price will be $.75 per square inch.  Pieces with metal are priced higher.   Everything I’m selling will be discounted 50% until I move to California (August 4th).  There are a few pieces I’m not selling at this time:  Herons, Cave Series Horses and Lascaux Bulls.  Anything else is 50% off+shipping.  Buy more than 1 piece and I will throw in domestic shipping.  Images can be found here

I have higher resolution and detail shots of all my pieces.  I am happy to send them upon request.

 
 
 

"Evening Meditation" (C) 2006 By Tracy McCabe Stewart

and a detail shot: 

 

"Evening Meditation" (C) 2006 By Tracy McCabe Stewart

Regular Price: $3900.00  Sale Price: $1945.00

48″wx54″l

Hand Dyed Silks and commercial cottons Machine Quilted.

 

Cheers,

Tracy

Back on the Face of the Earth

Monday, December 13th, 2010

 

"Cave Series VII" (C) 2010 by Tracy McCabe Stewart

I know it’s been a while.  I have been busy with non-art stuff for a while and haven’t had much that really seemed worth writing about. 

I just completed the piece shown above.  It’s another piece in my cave series; all are based on the incredible images found on the cave walls of Altamira (Spain), Lascaux (France) and chauvet (France).  As much as I work with these images, they never cease to thrill me.  I have another piece on the boards, so it will be a lot less time before the next post!

SAQA One Foot Square Auction Begins!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) begins their annual fundraiser today!  This is a great opportunity to purchase some great art work and help a really wonderful organization at the same time.

How the Auction Works

There are 288 Benefit Auction quilts donated by our members. The SAQA 2010 Benefit Auction will begin on Monday, September 20th at 2:00 Eastern Time and conclude on Saturday, October 9 at 2:00 Eastern.

Last year’s Benefit Auction raised $47,325. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.

How the Auction works:

The Auction is run in three sections (Section 1 – Pages 1a and 1b; Section 2 – Pages 2a and 2b; Section 3 – Pages 3a and 3b).

On the first day of each section’s auction, the price for all pieces in that section is $750. The next day (at 2:00 Eastern), the price drops to $550. The third day, it drops to $350, then $250, then $150, and finally $75.

The first section will begin September 20th at 2:00 Eastern.
The second section will begin September 27th at 2:00 Eastern.
The third section will begin October 4th at 2:00 Eastern.

On another note, I’ve been vat dyeing again.  This one below was made from a Procion dye that I got from Dharma Trading Company called Mild Wing Sauce.  It was an oops dye they were selling at a great price.  It was screened with golden yellow and scarlet vat dyes.

Scarf Mania! Scarf by Tracy McCabe Stewart

this one was created from another oops! Dharma dye called How Now Brown Cow.  I LOVE this color.  It was screened with scarlet vat dye as well.

More Scarf Mania! Scarf by Tracy McCabe Stewart

Unrealistic Fantasies, Take 2: The Gypsy Caravan or Vardo

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I a a fairly pragmatic person, but occasionally do have grandiose fantasies.   I wrote about my Fake Farmer fantasy in an earlier post.  One of my fantasies is to own a gypsy wagon.   My husband just shakes his head and changes the subject because usually they are in no danger of becoming real. 

Ha!  He may have to worry just a little more because now you can take a gypsy caravan vacation across Ireland.  You get the gypsy wagon and the horse and travel the open road.  You probably cover about 10 miles in the week and probably have a hard time pulling up to the grocery store, but who cares?  It’s a gypsy wagon! 

Vardo from Wikipedia

The fantasy lives on……..

Festival of Fine Art-Wilmette, Illinois

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

I got a last minute chance to participate in a lovely art fair this weekend:  The Festival of Fine Arts in Wilmette, Illinois.  My incredible guild, the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild will have a booth of artists displaying their work over the weekend.  I will be there Sunday from about 10am until 1PM, displaying some of my work.  If you are in the area, stop by and say hello.  I would love to meet you.

Crane Series I (c) by Tracy McCabe Stewart

  You can find me in the North Suburban NeedleArts Guild tent, where I will be exhibiting fiber art with several other artists including Shelley Brucar  (there on Saturday), Cathy Mendola (there both days), and Women’s Journey in Fiber.

The Festival of Fine Arts is held Saturday 9/11 from 10am until 5pm and Sunday 9/12 from 10am until 4pm in the Metra parking lot, Lake Ave and Greenbay Road, Wilmette, IL.  Hope to see you there.

Inspirational Artist: Lorraine Roy

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

 

I have been crazy busy traveling this summer and working on some personal projects.  I am also working on a piece for a large juried show next month, but can’t post any pictures of it.  It will negate it’s eligibility to the show.

In the meantime, I thought I would introduce you to a fabulous textile artist named Lorraine Roy.  She works out of Canada and I have been following her work for years.  I love Lorraine’s textiles.  Her focus is mainly on trees as subjects these days, but I first got hooked on her work when she was doing cloth representations of patinaed sheet metal.  Unfortunately, she no longer has these pieces on her site, but you can see her gorgeous tree compositions.    They are all a gorgeous mixtures of abstraction and realism; full of  beautiful colors and texture.  They are well work a look.  Enjoy!