Monday, April 14, 2014

lots of art happening!

... and I can't show it all to you ... YET!  So snippets for now ....
Puff ...
his castle ...
clowning ...
a tassel ... maybe a quilt ... maybe not saying too much ...
love a border ...
Fuchsia ...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

accomplishment for today...
new doodle and
I'm posting this from my new tablet!
Learning curve with Windows8 .... My 'Happy Beast' is not the only thing being stretched.  The brain is getting a great workout as well!

Monday, March 31, 2014

did you ever get your needle stuck...

Odd thing for one in the needle work industry to ask ... but I get these ideas and I can't let them go until I fully vet them out!  For two days I've been scouring the internet and bugging locals shops for copper screen. Actually, I found it immediately but I don't happen to need yards nor do I wish to spend a minimum of $75.  

See ... and I'm determined.  I know it's out there and I'm positive some one sells it in smaller portions. Problem is I don't move forward in the interim ... I basketweave instead!  

And watch reruns of silly movies, last night was Captain America 'The First Avenger', yes, loved it.  Thought it a riot that Agent Smith from the Matrix played Schmidt aka Red Skull ... seems he's been typecast although he was pretty amazing as Elrond the Elf King in the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit trilogy.  His real name is Hugo Weaving ... so I watch 'Weaving' while basketweaving .... very big grin here.
Love a messy pile of thread to play with ...
actually, it's not as messy as it looks,
none of it is tangled together.
 Watching the negative shapes play across the emerging design is a lot of fun.  Lets face it, I'm easily entertained most of the time ... especially when it comes to color.  For a while it looked like T Rex repeats across the canvas in coral.  Then little birds.
Once upon a time a comment was made.  
'I'd love this design as a belt, Kimberly.'
'Mondays' Belt©
I do listen and retain great ideas
that are often just idle comments thrown out there.
Thank you Carol Eix !
So happy to have fresh spearmint from
the Farmers Market for my tea once again.
Great way to start my day.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


I think these amazingly somewhat pre historic looking birds are coolness personified!  So glad we live in the same neighborhood.  Although...they fly off to the coast for the summer months.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

First finish....

I've seen so many 'First Finish for 2014' posts on FB and felt way behind each time.  To my credit, I've finished many projects, just not of the stitching type.  Guides have been written for at least three canvases and several new designs drawn up and painted. Made an awesome mobile with my daughter one weekend and have a baby sweater on the needles for my soon to arrive grand baby girl. Yay!  

So below is my actual first 'finish' of the stitchy type.  He was a blast to work up even if the beard did give me a few fits.
'Santa Close Up'©
a Kimberly design©
Fish Eye Turkey Work with Vineyard Classic
First time ever that I've not brushed and cut Turkey Work.
The Classic doesn't need it I'm happy to say.

Next up on the frame is a dragonfly....stumpwork, maybe, almost positive,'s playtime.  Wings that glisten are in my head.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

time changes....

It's a gorgeous day and I'm feeling like a slug.  What I want is to sit quietly with a basket weave piece. Which would require me to 'have' one ready with threads and I, of course, do not!  

I've a lovely piece drawn on canvas ready for painting.  That's what should be my focus...but my messy mind is elsewhere.  

I'm going to totally blame this on the time change.  Speaking of clocks....the one below is amazing.
My daughter took this beautiful shot of the Astronomical Clock in Prague a few years back.  It's one of my favorites of hers.
You can see more of her work here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

happy birthday !
Seven years old today, my constant companion
who supplies daily unconditional love.
Sweet Chance, with a yogurt beard...he loves yogurt!
Plain Greek yogurt, of course.
One more heart design transitioned to canvas, yay!
'Flower Power'
a Kimberly design©
Next up to be painted, another portion of my Dreams piece.  
This one titled 'Dream Glimpse'
a Kimberly design©
His superb version of down dog, perfect alignment.
I've recently returned to taking yoga classes, home practice just isn't enough.  No matter how devoted you are to a home practice, its so nice to be with others in a class once in a while.  So of course, nothing halfway, I've also returned to a tai chi practice, moving meditation, so good to settle my 'messy' mind

Monday, February 24, 2014

eye test....
Not so precise to my eye, more free form.
'Around Monday'©
Precise....almost an exact cut out from 
the original rectangular design.
'Around Monday'©

Original piece from 2009...
I drew this right before my daughters wedding...she and I spent a wonderful week hobnobbing around Columbus, Ohio before the big day.  We also sat around watching movies in the hotel while I played with my Prisma pencils.  I forget how many different colorways I did of this piece that week.  She used them for thank you notes.
One of the original cards.
You've seen this piece many was my banner along the top of this blog for a long time in stitched form.  Its also an inset in my Weekender bag from Lee's Needle Art.  [aka nylon tote]
[because I drew it on a Monday....]
So back to the top...which do you like best...precise or free form?? I'm not sure now that I have both painted.  It is possible to make oneself go in circles.  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Keeping track of my marbles...
at least three of them.
It's been said that artists are flighty...
I don't totally agree, my theory,
different focus.
Sometimes the focus is very single minded.

"Not all those who wander are lost."
J.R.R. Tolkien

It's a process...this is my second attempt to turn a rectangular design into a circular one.

Not there just yet...
'Around Monday'
a Kimberly design©

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's not the position in which you stand....
it's the direction in which you look.  
Whether you're up North staring at feet of snow or fearful of stepping out your front door because of the slippery ice, make today special on your own terms.  Be present, Enjoy!
It's a process...converting card art to canvas.
Tada!  I'm on a roll here.
a Kimberly design©
Valentine Collection
a Kimberly design©
[cards are available through Brooke Pottery click here]
Next in the line up is
'Flower Power' far left, then 'Happy Hearts' in the center.
No...I'm really not having any fun.... :-)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

a trunk show !

BeStitched in Scottsdale, Arizona is having a trunk show featuring artists from Ruth Schmuff...of which, I am one!  Yay!  My first public trunk show!  Have fun shopping, click here for more information.
Most of my designs start out as illustrations.  Blossom was actually a 'trading card', that grew into a greeting card, that grew into a painted canvas.  

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Designing, painting, I love ...

...from me to me.
a flower bloomed...
the dew fell and a butterfly happened by....
and the story grew...with more to come!
Dream Fragment©
a Kimberly design©2014