Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Conscience of the Human Spirit, the life of Nelson Mandela


It's been an awful long time since I've posted on my blog. You see, I've been a bit busy with life in general, mainly consumed with being a care-giver to my aging dad. Family always comes first.  While I've not been physically present in front of either my drawing board or sewing machine; my thoughts are never far away from the passion I have for my art, and particularly what inspires me.  As busy as I've been, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to pay tribute to my hero Nelson Mandela in the upcoming International Quilt Festival Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa with a 30" x 30" quilt named "A Queue for Democracy". There was power at the ballot box at the first Democratic election 20 years ago this past April. South Africans of all backgrounds lined up all over the country to cast their vote for Nelson "Madiba" Mandela. This quilt focuses on that significant piece of South African history. This wonderful exhibit, "The Conscience of the Human Spirit, the life of Nelson Mandela will be featured at the Emperor Palace from July 24th through the 26th.  If you're in the area, please check it out.  
 

"First Kiss"

"First Kiss"
Innocence

Cheetah Girl

Cheetah Girl
QA Reader Challenge "Inner Animal"

Freida

Freida
I just love Freida Kahlo!

"Hello down there!"

"Hello down there!"
Rare find of shrimp like creature in a iceshaft in Anartica

Kiss of a Rose

Kiss of a Rose
Quilt Visions "Fantasy Flowers" Challlenge

Swept Away

Swept Away
Another quilted portrait

Quilted Denim Jacket

Quilted Denim Jacket
Close up of Shaunna's quilted photo

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle
Watercolor rendition of a photo of a lion I took while in Africa

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge
Couldn't resist posting this water color work of an elephant on safari

Leopard at night

Leopard at night
Another watercolor

Geronimo

Geronimo
My quilted rendition of the proud Apache leader

Something to think about....

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"



Pablo Picasso