April 30, 2007

A Day Late

Last week was a killer week, with no stitching. And the weekend continued in the same way, so I'm going to show you something art-related, if not entirely stitching-related.

The first two pictures are of an art acquisition by Big Law. We have lots of very interesting (and probably very pricey) art in the building. I like that we have sculpture and photographs and etchings and paintings and weaving and glass. We actually have some Chihuly glass, which is just beautiful--a series of ruby-colored ewers. Most all of our artwork was done in the 30s and 40s (although I don't know why since Big Law was founded in the 1800s), and much of it is devoted to work: farming and factories in particular. Some it is sly, referencing our larger clients (which must remain secret, but which are household names) in a flattering way. This is a folk art rendition of the White House, which I love especially since the real White House is across the street, but which a lot of people here do not like at all. The carving is amazing, and the scale of it is eye-popping; you can't tell from this picture, but it's probably a bit over three feet up, sideways and deep. It sits on a pedestal in our reception area which is a bit problematic because the reception area is Italianate and formal, all cold white marble, white leather and white orchids in clear glass vases.


Mostly I worked in my garden. Now that mid/late-spring is seriously, solidly here, I can see what the previous owners of our home planted, and I am adjusting accordingly. Mostly there are lots and lots of hostas, which I like well enough, but not in such quantity. I don't know a lot about them, but I overheard someone in the garden center saying that they tend to take over a garden bed. They sure do! I believe there are flocks and flocks of irises, which I love. Hopefully there are some yellow ones as well as blue/purple ones. The azaleas are in bloom; most of them are scarlet. And there appear to be some lilies, some hydrangeas and some stuff that I can't identify yet. I went to the nursery and purchased a modest supply of peonies (my favorite flower on earth), two enormous pre-planted pots for my front steps and stuff for the veggie garden. The house came with a 20 foot by 10 foot raised bed which we think the previous owners used as a kind of play area/sand box for their kids. We're filling it with dirt (the landscaper is trucking it in tomorrow) and then planting tomatoes and other stuff. When I wasn't planting, I headed for the library (gardening and landscaping books) and stopped along the way at a community yard sale where I bought this for $5. Even though it's done on aida, I really liked the vibrant colors and the folky design (it looks like a Charles Wysocki), so I bought it. The yard seller told me she had stitched it, and that it took her a long time because it was a lot of work. We all know how true that is, don't we? I don't know if it's cheating to buy someone else's stiching, but I'm going to enjoy it anyway because at the rate I'm going, I'm never going to complete anything!

And since we're talking about other people's art, here's something I bought from a lovely blog that I read called http://beachyscapecodcupboard.blogspot.com. Beachy is such a wonderful artist (she hand made this card using a photo of an old house she spotted on her walk to the beach) and is a fellow Cape Codder as well.

9 comments:

Barbara said...

I love that prim White House!!!!!!! And the Cape Cod artwork, too. I spent a weekend on the Cape that I would love to try to repeat someday... ;)

Annemarie said...

Stitchy or not, I like your pictures. You're absolutely right: hang it! Even if you haven't stitched it yourself!

Michelle said...

The White House piece is great! We have a Chihuly here at my office building too - I keep thinking I need to wander down and photograph some of the art here. The Cape Cod piece is gorgeous - I'll be sure to check out her blog.

Itching To Stitch said...

The stitching piece you bought is part of a series and I believe it is Charles Wysocki. I stitched two of these many years ago on aida and just recently threw them aways because they were filthy and not mounted properly. Hope you enjoy yours ;)

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I like the photos! The stitching you bought is lovely! I have been rooting in the dirt myself and enjoying it! We are trying to find the flower beds under all the grass and weeds! Slow progress! have fun!

HeatherJ said...

Hi Glenna. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love yours, and your needlework is wonderful! I live in No. VA myself, and I had a house bunny once (actually 3). Is there any animal cuter than a bunny? I think not!

Julie said...

I love your pictures and even though its aida, the framed piece is nice.
The peonies here have flower buds on them, but probably won't bloom until the end of the month. I love it when they do.

Margaret said...

Love Beachy's card!! Love Cape Cod!!
No it's not cheating to buy someone else's stitching - it's appreciating the work they put into it.

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

That is a darling piece of stitchwork you've shown! The last kit I bought was YEARS ago... and I've never even started it! Thank you so much for showing my card! =) I am so pleased you are happy with it!