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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


Hand Dyed Silks and commercial cottons Machine Quilted.




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!

Fine Art of Fiber at the Chicago Botanic Gardens!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

My fabulous guild, the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild is having it’s incredible annual show, “The Fine Art of Fiber” is happening at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.   I will have multiple pieces in the show and have work for sale in the boutique.

The show will run the following hours:

Thursday, November 4, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, November 5 – 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come and say hi!

Back to the Caves

Thursday, June 10th, 2010


Cave screen:As you may have noticed, I haven’t gotten a heck of a lot done in the art department over the last few months.  I did revisit a whooping crane piece I’d started before leaving for my trip to Japan, but wasn’t really engaged enough to stick with it when design problems arose.  It is currently in pieces waiting for me to get interested again.

I noticed, over the past few days, that when I thought about starting or working on one of my bird pieces, I’d start drifting away.  Suddenly, any thing else was more interesting:  laundry, walking the dogs, solitaire, you name it.  Interestingly, when I thought about doing some work on my cave series, I began designing and working the logistics of the piece out in my head.  I guess I need a break from the birds for a while.

I began working out fabrics and creating new thermofax screens to use in the piece last night.  I haven’t decided whether this will be a pure fiber piece or a piece that combines fiber and etched copper like my Lascaux pieces:  Horses and Bulls I and II

Anyway, here are some of the new screens I made based on the cave paintings in Altimira, Spain and Lascaux and Chauvet, France.

I am going to try to get some screening done over the weekend.  We are getting house stuff done next week (carpeting).  I need to empty out all of our furniture for the job and move it all back again when they are through.  It will be completely chaotic here for most of the week. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I have been working on my preening Whooping Crane piece the past few days.  I’m happy to be back in the studio and motivated, however, progress has been one step forward and two steps back.  

I did quite a lot of work on the wings, but it started looking like some weird bird angel.  Obviously, the shape of the wings is off.  I cut things apart last night and hopefully when I piece the bird back together it will look like something from the avian family, rather than the Great Holy Whooping Crane.  

I will post pictures when I have something done that I don’t find embarrassing:-) 

In the meantime, Christine Kane has posted a video of Simon Sinek from the fabulous TED series.  It’s about marketing directly from your passion.  It’s really about presenting what you do in life in an authentic way, rather than “selling’.  I can definitely see applications in my own life, especially in art marketing.  It’s pretty long, but if you have 18 minutes to spare, it’s worth the watch.  

In the meantime, a daily moment of Zen.  This is a shot I took from a flight I took to Knoxville, TN.  I don’t know what the body of water was, but it snaked around all over the place.  I loved the organic shape of the river system obscured by clouds: 

Over Knoxville (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart


I think I’ll be thinking about how to apply the content for a while.  I would love to hear your thoughts on art and marketing-or anything else!

Big in Japan-More Preparation

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Here are the scarves I started a few days ago.  I will bring them all to Japan and let my daughter choose the one that I give to my daughter’s host mother.  I posted about this yesterday here.

I thought the scarves needed another layer of vat dye, so I screened an indigo and grey mixture over them.  I got better haloes today, too.  I think this one below is my favorite.  There’s a real hot spot from my camera’s flash.  The color is much more even:

Procion MX and vat dyed scarf by Tracy McCabe Stewart

 Here’s the second scarf:

Tree screened scarf by Tracy McCabe Stewart

The final scarf turned out all right, but the new screeend flowers turned out really blurry.  It was all the same vat dye, so I don’t know what happened.  I like the look of it anyway:

Procion and Vat dyed Scarf by Tracy McCabe Stewart

Big in Japan-Trip Preparation

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

I am headed out for a 10 day trip to Japan this Wednesday.  My daughter has been finishing her last year of university in Kobe and staying with a host family there.  she has a minor in Asian studies. 

Big in Japan is a fun song from the 80’s by Alphaville.  It’s one of the worst music videos ever; complete with Robin Hood sort of outfits that don’t really have much to do with Japan, as far as I can see.  See it here.   We hum it around here because I am 6’2″ and going to the land of 5′ people.  I’m guessing I won’t exactly blend in. 

Right now, I am trying to get gifts together for Ashley’s host  family.  The Japanese have a somewhat complicated ritual of gift giving.  Here’s what I know:  gifts from/related to your geographical location are appreciated.  The presentation is really important, too.  I will wrap my presents in hand dyed fabric to try to make them extra special.  

I am from Chicago, so I am bringing them a book on Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.  I am also making a hand dyed scarf for my daughter’s host mother.   Apparently she wears very plain, dark clothing, so I am trying to do something pretty subdued.  I started by dyeing silk scarves blue grey and screened them with vat dye solution.  Here are the results form the vat dyeing.  They will probably get a layer of fabric paint before they are complete. 

Here’s a picture.  I am having a hard time getting the colors true because the silk is so reflective.  I barely got any haloing on these-too bad.  She wants plain, so I won’t add another design layer, but may screen some paint to make the effect more monochromatic.  

Hand Dyed Scarves by Tracy McCabe Stewart

More Progress on Whooping Crane Piece

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I am spending 2010 working on a series of wading birds.  The latest in the series is based on the Whooping Crane.

I spent today in the studio working on one of the wings and the neck.  Here’s a picture of the latest progress.  Unfortunately, the feathers aren’t showing up all that well because they’re white.  Hopefully, you can see the individual feathers.

Whooping Crane Progress (c)2010 Tracy McCabe Stewart

Preliminary Progress Whooping Crane Piece

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

After ripping apart this head about half a dozen times, I have one I can live with.  It will change considerably when I start shading and stitching, but here’s the rough start of the head for my whooping crane piece.  I don’t know whether you can tell from the picture, but there are individual feathers in white.

Whooping Crane Progress (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart

Preliminary Sketch-Whooping Crane Piece

Monday, March 8th, 2010

preliminary sketch whooping crane

Hi all,

I am beginning a new wading bird piece in the series I am working on- this time based on a whooping crane.  Whooping cranes are one of those saved from the brink of extinction stories.  They were on the verge of extinction, but are now only endangered due to some incredible efforts to save them.  It’s an inspiring story you can read about here.

I began this series largely because I love the look of wading birds.  Most of them are incredibly graceful, gorgeous creatures. 

In addition to their good looks, I connect with my best self when I am outdoors and they are a reminders of those wonderful times that I manage to get myself into that quiet, connected space.  They are also symbols for me of a more meditative, mindful state.  Wading birds stand or move slowly, watch and wait.  They patiently wade through the unseen waiting for that which they desire to reveal itself.   There is a calm quiet energy about them that is a great teacher for me.

In addition to all of this, wading birds are an early warning system for ecological concerns.  They are losing habitat daily and many species, including the whooping crane, are endangered.    For me, they are a reminder of my commitment to land preservation.

As I have posted previously, I start with a photograph of a bird that has a body position that I like and do a preliminary sketch on batting from there.   This one again, is of a preening bird and the body position is pretty complicated.  My drawing is REALLY rough, but it’s enough for a starting point.