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 Hello October

Gee whiz fall is here! It seems that the summer just flew by but when I look back on it I think of all the neat things I had a chance to do and the great people I met.

Early summer brought high school graduation parties and summer festivals. Then our cousins from Italy arrived for a visit - their first time in the U.S.!

I took another botanical illustration course at the the New York Botanical Garden. I cannot say enough good things about the continuing education program. Excellent instruction with options for in-person, hybrid, or online. I prefer online to avoid the traffic.  The image above is a mushroom in pen & ink with a micron 01 pen. 

At the end of August I was at Hog Island

 Audubon Camp

Fine instructors, new friends, and great food. If you have a chance to attend one of their sessions you will not be disappointed. 

I am also honored to have several artworks displayed in juried and invitational shows in Connecticut this fall. 

I hope you are enjoying the change of seasons while living a simple creative life. 

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  • Writer's pictureMary Lachman

Ideas for a Construction Project

I am honored to have the chance to exhibit at the Kellogg Environmental Center with Ann C. Rosebrooks, the award-winning modern folk art acrylic painter. She and I had such fun greeting visitors at the reception this past Saturday. Thank you to everyone who braved the torrential rain, thunder and lightning to say hello.

Several attendees had questions about "Parkway Dawn", a textile collage. It was inspired by my early morning commutes on the Merritt Parkway. Anyone who has ever traveled on this road knows what a nightmare traffic can be. Many folks try to get beat the morning rush and I was one of them. I'd leave the house in the dark and see the sun rise through my rearview mirror each day.

The fabrics I used are a combination of hand-dyed and indigo-dyed cottons (that I created) along with painted fabric (made by Mikey Lawlor's daughter). I cut random strips of all of these and stitched them together in a spontaneous and intuitive way, slashing and reassembling them into the final piece.

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