People at Work Series.
From the April wedding in Austin, Texas.
David Lujan co-owner(with his wife) & curator of Black Lagoon: art+ yoga and artist. He tended the bar at the wedding celebration and made the little fairy chairs out of the champagne tops. He was sketching a tree house for his daughter, as I remember. I must carry a reporter’s notebook to write down the details.
Available light portrait of David Lujan
The Fairy Chairs he created from the champagne bottle tops.
Yesterday I met the weekly challenge in black and white.
Converting pics to black and white helped them transform into ABSTRACT
Today I sifted through photos from nature and tried to extract the abstract.
- Upside down Monongahela River reflection in Autumn
- Bluebonnets and Paintbrush in a blur from the bus, Austin TX
- Lemon wedge
- Ed’s Lobster
- Puddle reflection
- Peeling Paint
- Homestead Grays Bridge upside down- definititely still literal.
So I guess I think turning the image makes them abstract?
Fun to play with bits and pieces of photographs, like a jigsaw puzzle.
We happened to hit it just right- Bluebonnet Season in Texas. It would be a bummer to come before or just after they’d bloomed along the highways throughout the state.
We went to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. A public botanical garden in Austin, Texas. Although they sell bags of wildflower seed, you are not encouraged to purchase it if you don’t live in the zone where the wildflowers will thrive.
Texas Wildflowers Index for identification and categorized by color is listed here–
I’ll ask Ilix at Midwestern Plant Girl blog to help me identify the flowers properly because I went to the index and am thoroughly confused now as to what is what except for the lupinus– Bluebonnets
Rattlesnakes? Yikes. We did not see or hear any, thank goodness.
Professional and family photographers capturing subjects posing in the bluebonnets.
Making Eco Pots out of newspaper to plant seedlings.
Mother of the Bride, my friend Joanne, in the butterfly chair.Pink Evening Primrose
Remember the bride Anna in the Bluebonnets with Champ?
Remember the post from a few days ago about how Austin Texas is Live Music Capital of the World?
This is Cody, drummer of the hard rock band Sweat Lodge.
I met him on his way to the studio as he was picking up the VINYL master for the band’s third album.
Yep, vinyl. You all know I have plenty of vinyl in boxes in my house.
Now I’m wasn’t cool enough to know any tracks from Sweat Lodge as of yet but I went and listened and here is the link to their webpage, too.
On my first Uber ride to the Austin Airport, I said I’d be willing to carpool and although our driver Edward could not allow me to photograph him at work, Cody said it was okay by him. We dropped Cody first, I got out and photographed him.
I told him about my People at Work series and I didn’t have a hard rock musician for the upcoming show at Panza Gallery in Millvale–
(did I mention that the show’s opening is in July? July, 2018!!! I’m serious)
Thanks Cody. Check out the music.
As we drove to his destination, he gave an excellent guided tour of a part of Austin I had not seen on the double decker bus tour.
It’s good to change it up on the blog. You’ve seen a lot of my knitting, coffee mugs and tea cups, a lot of food for dinnertime, the grandkids, the recent wedding and the starring dog Champ but I think Cody has the distinction for being the first ROCK musician on the blog. Thanks Cody.
Austin, Texas is noted for live music and creative artists.
And stunning hand-dyed, uniquely-patterned fabrics, by Malka Dubrawsky. Touring her studio, I was reminded of my color theory class, studying Josef Albers.
In between wedding and celebrations, Colleen, who hails from Nova Scotia, made arrangements to meet Malka at her studio, A Stitch in Dye.
Colleen is an avid quilter and follows Malka’s blog.
The four of us piled in Joanne’s car and her son Chris, ferried us to A Stitch in Dye where Malka welcomed us and generously gave a tour of her studio.
Malka Dubrawsky – Fiber Artist
Malka explained the dye process. We learned about the addition of soda ash.
Lengths of fabric soak in dye. Wax in electric frying pans for making the designs on the fabric
Wax design drying, ready for a dye bath
Joanne spotted these gloves on a shelf. Thanks J.
Custom designs available and international shipping! Click for her Etsy Store to see samples of her vibrant hand dyed fabrics. She has written two books.
Left Handed Appliqué Scissors.
Stacks of fabric to be sewn into quilt designs
Thanks for a wonderful tour. Malka saw us out to the parking lot.
Glad Colleen had such a cool connection in Austin. The fabrics she bought were richly colored and fabulous designs. Can’t wait to see your quilt creation, Colleen. Send photos for upcoming blog post!