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Art and Stitch – How in the World Can I Do That? Guest Blogger: Marilyn Olsen

November 25, 2018

Advanced studies in Experimental Stitch – level 3 Exhibition – Blog 3

As you will see from my exhibited work, and/or hear my short talk, my five-year study with Gail and Penny has truly been a path of inspiration.  Mark Twain claims that there are really no new ideas, only old ones seen in a new way.  Sherlock Holmes became famous for his admonition to Watson, “You see but you do not observe.” 

And I guess I would describe my path of inspiration as involving both of these concepts.  During my working career, my focus had always been on the written word, so, not surprisingly that first color class was a real physical and artistic eye-opener for me.  Wow!  Those colors can be produced in so many different mediums, and combined in so many ways.  Talk about old ideas seen in a new way! Then, on to the amazing ways colors can be altered to create such visual impact.  Studying old ideas in the works of a wide variety of artists taught me not just to see but to really observe.  How in the world did he or she DO that?  And, better yet, how could I do that?

The other component of the Harker experience, of course, has been the opportunity to spend so many, many hours with such wonderful friends, to see not just my mind being opened to new ideas, but to see theirs blossom in so many other ways. 

Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes and Gail Harker have helped me on my path to inspiration both now and, hopefully, into the future.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    November 25, 2018 11:05 pm

    Wow! Your birds really do take flight, except for staid Mr. Stork. Congratulations on completing the course and your lively work! Penny

  2. November 26, 2018 12:32 am

    I love your Mother Crow piece, did you use rubber for the feathers?

  3. Barb Fox permalink
    November 26, 2018 2:21 am

    It’s such a pleasure seeing your work evolve and the ‘character’ you put into it. Your crows continue to be an inspiration along with your generous sense of humor. It was so much fun getting to know you the last two and one-half years.

  4. Marilynn Olson permalink
    November 27, 2018 6:30 pm

    Congratulations, Marilyn, on a wonderful body of work. Definitely something to “crow” about. Very imaginative. Lots of hard work sure paid off! Love the connection to the lyrics of Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night. Sorry I wasn’t able to experience and enjoy the exhibit first hand.

  5. November 27, 2018 10:52 pm

    Love your birds, especially the stork 🙂 Wish I could have seen it in person.

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