Saturday, January 23, 2010

Signs of the Times

I'm going to be calling this new series Signs of the Times. I'm combining my interests in nature and cities in these pieces. I'm invigorated and overwhelmed by the amount of information displayed in cities (subway signs, posters, newspapers, billboards, etc). I find it fascinating how our cities attempt to subdue nature, while individuals do their best to include nature in these environments. I have already sold the first two pieces from the blog. This one here is going to my hubby's office. Two more are completed and are waiting to be photographed. These pieces are each 6 x 6". I prefer to photograph outdoors and need an overcast day to do so. Today, it just so happens the sun is out so I will have to wait. Probably not long. I will begin to post these on Etsy in February, after my sale is over.

I've been doing some "research" of cities on GoogleMaps. I'm zooming in on as many cities, large and small, that I can think of. I drop the little guy down into the streets in the heart of each city. He does seem to panic and flail as I toss him onto the main streets of each city. Usually he arrives facing the gaping maw of a parking garage. I'm going to attempt to post some "photos" of each city if I can figure how to do that from GoogleMaps. There's much to be said about American cities and what has happened to them. I just might write about that when I've got more energy.

While I'm vastly disappointed in most American cities, there are a handful that I find quite interesting and seem to work quite well (from what I can tell on GoogleMaps). I'm going to spend a little time now exploring them (also known as wasting time).

I've read so many blogs lately that include quotes. I'd like to throw in one of my own. I'm sure its been said before, so, if anyone knows who has said it before, please let me know.

It is difficult to bloom when one is planted in shallow soil.

Our environments should nurture us not subdue us.


paula said...

so strong this unexpected this work you are doing. much more masculine and doesn't even look like quilting. and i LOVE IT.

ArtPropelled said...

Well done for your 2 quick sales, Kim. No surprise though, they are such fantastic pieces.

Fibra Artysta said...

Hi Kim,

The pieces arrived today and I LOVE them! They are so strong, I really love the graffiti style of them.

I put them up in my daily photo essay, the "365 Happy Things Project" ( with a link back to you.

Can't wait to see more!

Wiggy said...

I am Happy for you Kim! So many things to be Happy for.

Nellie's Needles said...

Your other series have been intriguing, but this one is exciting. Your use of graphics is exceptional in portraying city scapes. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Bridgette Guerzon Mills said...

Fascinating subject Kim. I can't wait to see more of your explorations.

I like your words here: Our environments should nurture us not subdue us.

I totally agree. I feel like I'm in the wrong environment right now and long to go back to the Pacific Northwest. ...sigh...