Monthly Archives: June 2010



(c)2010 Shelley Brucar

It’s very nearly finished!  You can now track the progress on this piece from initial dyeing, painting, redesigning, more painting, machine stitching, hand stitching and more painting. 

Starting with my March 10 post and continuing March 15, 18, 23 and June 20, I reported on progress and showed photos of this piece.  The gap between March 23 and June 20 was the time it spent rolled up in the closet because progress had stopped.  When I took it out and put it back on the design wall, it once again started to come together. 

It’s all part of the flow.  Just let it flow…

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This past weekend at the Fountain Square Art Festival, I discovered two fantastic jewelry artists from New Mexico.  They are Katherine Goulandris and Michael Burris of Studio Q Jewelry.  Their intention is to “step outside the box” and surprise their customers, and they do this well; their designs are unique and beautiful. 

I don’t purchase much jewelry because I find that when I do, it winds up sitting in a drawer, never to be worn.  But I could not resist a necklace from Studio Q; these pieces are just too wonderful to pass up!  After much deliberation, I selected style 102 of the Bolero collection with a darker stone than the one pictured on the Studio Q website.  And I have already worn it!

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“Shades of Summer” (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

Getting work ready for July exhibit:

Impressionist Landscapes in Fabric  

Simply Chicago Art,  1318 Oakton Street,  Evanston, IL

July 10 – August 1 

Join me for the  ARTIST RECEPTION:  Saturday, July 10, 1:00 – 5

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This piece from my “Mountain Views” series is back on the design wall.

(c)2010 Shelley Brucar

After struggling with it, I put it away for several weeks and worked on other pieces.  Motivated to take another look at this piece, I put it back up, did more painting and started stitching.  Happily, I’m liking it again.  Sometimes, for whatever reasons, progress on a piece of work seems to get stuck or just stop.  When the creative process gets clogged, I roll up whatever I’m working on and take out something else.  There are some pieces that have been in the closet for many months before they return to the design wall and once again, “flow”.  The explanation for this totally escapes me; I just know that sometimes it works and sometimes not so much.  And when it’s not working, a change of scenery on the design wall is often the solution.


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Solitude (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

This is the most recently completed piece for my July exhibit, “Impressionist Landscapes in Fabric” where I will be showing all new work.  Gallery owner, Mary Berg, features two Chicago-area artists each month, and painter, Joe Steiner, will also be exhibiting during July.

The show is July 10 – August 1 at Simply Chicago Art, 1318 Oakton, Evanston, IL.   Regular gallery hours are Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 1-6 or by appointment.

Please join me for the Artist Reception, Saturday, July 10, 1:00 – 5.

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The images above are newly painted, not yet stitched.

A huge amount of time, effort and energy goes into creating art work.  Yes, we love creating so it’s not really “work”, but it is time and energy.  When you finish a piece, you probably want to photograph it.  Whether it’s for publication, entering shows, or simply for your record, you want good quality photos – sharp and good color. At first, I wanted to photograph my work outside.  Natural light is great, gives you true color and shows off detail such as stitching.  The problem with outdoor photography is that you are at the mercy of the weather.  Cold, rain, wind and other elements can make taking pictures quite difficult; just try getting a sharp image in the wind!  I tried everything to get good results indoors on those days, and nothing worked very well.  So I knew a better option was needed.

Last year, I finally invested in photo studio lighting – this set-up is made specifically to provide light for photographing people and things and to give true color (go figure!).  I chose the Square Perfect light set because it was recommended by Barbara Schneider and she knows everything!  I purchased the set on eBay from DTX International and have been very pleased with the results.  The set comes with photo stands, photo lights and bulbs, photo umbrellas and a carrying case.  I initially had a probem with one of the stands, and it was replaced immediately, no problem. 

For the best photos, you will need a good camera and a tripod.  A 3 megapixel camera is adequate; one with 5-6 megapixels is better.  It’s also good to have a camera with some manual controls; if you are photographing something 3-dimentional, you may want to control depth of field by setting your own aperture.  I sometimes change the white balance if I’m not completely happy with the color.  And I use my camera’s timer so when the image is taken, I am not touching the camera at all – tripod + timer prevents camera shake and gives you sharper images.

You also need somewhere to do all this.  I took over a small corner of my basement for my photograpy set-up.  I put up thin insulation of one wall, then covered it with black velvet fabric.  The insulation gives you a surface to poke pins into for hanging your work, and the black velvet background is a non-reflective surface, therefore does not catch the light and does not compete with the art work.

When you’re all set-up, play around with light placement to see the different results.  Photographing fiber art, I like to place the lights on either side of the work, fairly close because side lighting shows off texture/stitching.


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This is probably the last post on Yosemite – photos of some wildlife and some not-so-wild life forms.

Obviously used to humans, the deer come pretty close to nibble on branches, ignoring the crowds of people.

Where there are wildflowers, there are butterflies.

We were close enough to this brown bear to photograph with a LONG lens.

Bright and beautiful Stellar’s Jay can be found all over the park.  It was difficult to get an image that was in focus because this bird never stops moving, but Wayne did it.

Walking a path behind the Ahwahnee Hotel, we came across the graduation ceremony for a group of Yosemite Mounted Patrol.

We fell in love with this English Cream Golden Retriever who was staying next door to us at Yosemite View Lodge.  We wanted to take him home with us, but his owners were too attached to give him up!

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