Orchid blooms

slipper orchidWhen the buds of the Slipper Orchid appear there is a sense of anticipation for the months of blossoms from my various orchid plants.  They seem to take it in turns to flower and there is a gradual progression from the end of Autumn to Spring.  Today I noticed the first of the Cymbidium spikes.

My orchids flower once a year and I adore their exotic beauty.  Every year I do   battle with the insect world as I inspect the developing flowers in the hope that I can deal with the insects who think it is their right to eat these obviously delicious blossoms!  I don’t always win…..

In the past I have created several art works  from photos of orchid flowers but once again I have been inspired…… as they say…..’watch this space!’

Art & Dementia

Art & DementiaIf you have looked through my website you will notice that I have qualifications in Art Therapy.  Recently I have undertaken a part time position at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery as the Facilitator for their Art & Dementia program.

This is a very exciting initiative by MRAG to give people affected by memory loss the opportunity to spend a morning at the art gallery with one of the current exhibitions.  We have morning tea and I facilitate a conversation around the exhibition we are viewing.  The conversation may be about the art work or memories associated with something they see in the artwork or may be about the cake that I have cooked for morning tea!!  Or the gorgeous tea cups we serve tea/coffee in!

“Leafy” the Sea Dragon

LeafyWork has begun on painting “Leafy” the Sea Dragon.

Misty Inspirations

Recently we went camping,  – it was WET but beautiful also.   Our campsite was covered in tiny green green foliage.Greenfoliage detail It felt a little like we were walking on  a minature lilly pond. The first bushwalk – leeches(Kids loved that!!) and all – was very misty and we felt in a world removed.MistyTreesMistyMountainTop For someone – me – who loves living on the coast and most things blue and purple – it was so refreshing and inspiring to fill my creative soul with green !TallTrees I wonder what will emerge in my creative work?

New scarves

GreenMulticolourScarfI’ve been working on a couple of new scarves as well.  This one has hand made felt motifs and a multicoloured yarn make this a colourful scarf to lighten a Autumn day.

Meet my helper!

SandyThis is our family pet – meet Sandy, a beautiful strawberry blonde cutie.  However she loves fabric, quilts and getting under the sheets and doona while I make the bed.  Here she is insisting on making herself comfortable on the quilt I am trying to sew!  She also tried to get under it.  I have to admit to feeling a little nervous that I might inadvertantly sew her tail to the quilt!

Currently I am working on a quilt with a Leafy Sea Dragon.  Three solid days of quilting later and I  am ready to hand colour it.

LeafySeaDragon

Something other than a seahorse!

Parish-Evans, In Full BloomUnfortunately computor hassles such as a dying modem has kept me from updating my blog in the last week.

Just thought I’d share an image that I have been working on … a little test quilt which may grow into a larger quilt.  For those of you who know me you will know that flowers are also a passion of mine.  They provide me with an endless source of wonderful shapes, textures, lines and colour.  The Zantedeschia flower or the Calla Lily has inspired me over the years, as I sought to explore its  sculptural qualities.  It is titled “In Full Bloom”.

The beauty of seahorses

Here are a couple of photos that help to explain my creative interest in seahorses.IMG_1513

As a family we visited a seahorse farm in northern Tasmania and took a tour around the breeding program.  During the tour we were able to hold a seahorse – out of the water!

In the entrance were aquariums with different coloured ropes and the seahorses had changed colour to fit in with the environment.  Cameleons of the sea?!  I was also struck with their sense of floating and drifting and the calmness of their existence.

seahorse farm

First ‘stitches’….

LParish-EvansdetailWell, here I am finally entering the technological age!  For all of you who have suggested to me over the last few years that a website would be a good idea …..here it is.  Thank you to Brenda who has done a wonderful job of creating a loisparishevans website.

This year has begun really well  – not only have I finally a website but one of my hand coloured art quilts was selected for the Living Colour! travelling Exhibition.  I just wish I could travel with it!! What an interesting year it will have.

Here’s a sneak previewimage001(3) and please go to the website and check out all the stunning entries and the exhibition program.  This art quilt is called ‘Masters of Camouflage’; seahorses really are masters of camouflage, they change colour to suit the environment.  In that way they are really a living colour!  It is free machine quilted then hand coloured.  I started with the shapes of the seahorses and the rest of the images evolved.  I love the process of both free machining and hand colouring a quilt.