Thursday, April 21, 2016

I'm Moving

My iPad app for posting to my blog stopped working, so I've created a Facebook artist page for my creative stuff - "Barbara Moore Art". I can't make it a hot link here, but you can copy and paste this address.

UPDATE: Gene Black was kind enough to post a hot link. It's in the first comment below. Just click on it!

Barbara Moore

Monday, April 18, 2016

Another Oldie

Painting with watercolors was always hard for me, so I now hesitate to try again. However, in a brave moment while recently shopping, I bought watercolor paints and paper. When I got home, I suddenly wondered "what was I thinking?"!  So, I returned them to the store. Then I found this old, skewed watercolor image done during my obsession with trees in the 7Os. Now I'm feeling like I might really want to try again. First up, shopping for watercolor paints and paper...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

An Older Drawing

Charcoal on newsprint from the 1970s. 
This was our son watching TV with long 70s hair. He's now in his late 40s and shaves his head. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Resurrecting the Past

Getting back to my roots in art, I recently bought some drawing paper and supplies. After decades of not drawing it took some time to get a feel for it again. I had forgotten how lost I can get in being creative this way, time just flies by! This is rough, but it's a start. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"April Showers" Mini-Quilt

The swap group theme for April brought out many varied designs, each one special. This is the one I sent to my partner, a 14" x 20" mini with a bright floral print layered underneath glittery organza to suggest raindrops. I didn't want to give this one up! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Borrowed Idea

A fellow blogger, Katie of "The Red Tin", once sent me a lavender sachet that was more artistic than mine shown here. She had made a stamp, and that inked image appeared in the center of her heart. I don't do stamping, but the basic idea stayed with me. My sachets are simply two layers of scrap fabric sewn together with wonderfully aromatic lavender buds in the middle. It's a good way to use scraps, and they make great little "add-on gifts" to include when mailing swaps.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Not the USA

My husband is part of an environmental consulting team that goes to Colombia, South America, every couple months. I'm sharing two of my favorite photos from a national park in Andes mountain clouds near Bogota,Colombia. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Scrap Blocks -- Crumbs vs. String

In my Sit and Sew group I was shown how to make scrappy Crumb blocks. They are supposed to be mindless, require no thinking, and promise to come out great. I couldn't quite get a feel for it, and the group said I was "over-thinking" (haha, not the first time I've heard that). Anyhow, I promised to go home and make a Crumb block, which I did (top in photo). It took me a long time, and I was tired when done. Then I decided to make one of my favorites, a String block, and I enjoyed making the bottom one very quickly. These blocks have a lot in common. They are both scrappy, mindless, assembled willy-nilly, and anything picked up will work, so why can't I enjoy making a Crumb block? 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Art Everywhere

While wandering in some lovely upscale stores yesterday I saw this hanging very high above me in Anthropoligie (click to sharpen image). It was huge, and this photo is only a portion of the entire piece. I loved it! 

Sunday, April 3, 2016


My daughter and I were hiking in a large forest with nothing but trees in every direction until we came across this scene in a small clearing. The photo does not convey the out-of-place unsettled feeling we had. It was a little like a scene out of a horror novel. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

From My Window

Wild turkeys are common in NJ, but not this close to the house. Their size is awesome!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pretty Stick Pins

I have a big bead and bauble collection from my bead embroidery days. Numerous visits to bead shops found me buying them just because I liked them. Now I've started to use them to decorate stick pins and vintage hat pins that make my pincushions a little prettier.  These are fun and quick to make, and they are great little gifts to include in swaps!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I've Messed Up!

I hoped to post an update on the project in my last post, but it has been torn out instead, and the yarn is back to a beautiful yarn cake. I didn't work on it for days, and then I couldn't pick up where I left off without making many mistakes. So, I threw in the towel. Instead, here is a beautiful NJ sunset I captured on my evening walk last week. This is also a Pinelands Treasure!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Yarn Stitched

Knitting with the hand-spun art yarn in my last post has yielded this piece of cloth. I have no plan, I just couldn't wait to see how it knitted up! I used size 15 needles to cast on 20 stitches, and have completed about 16 rows. I found a "drop stitch" pattern here (copy and paste, I can't make a hot link on my iPad):

I used that to create spaces between rows (see shadow) and show off this beautiful yarn. It also provides more length to a project. Maybe a fancy scarf?