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Starting a week of sewing fun at Nancy Crow’s workshop


No pictures today although I had ample opportunity to take them–road construction around Louisville Kentucky meant a detour and then I was lost somewhere in Indiana. The roads there are well maintained and the scenery picturesque. The Ohio river is quite large with lovely bluffs on both sides–so reminiscent of the Wisconsin or the Mississippi.

So I drove a lot–my phone Navigator stubbornly refused to work and so I navigated by the compass–heading east and north.

Eventually I came to the Ohio state line–and then some major roads that I recognized. I took smaller roads to Lancaster where I am now settled in on the Fifth floor of Shaw’s Inn–a lovely old hotel with an ornate mail box near the elevator; mail slots in the lobby, and a very nice restaurant serving fancy food. Breakfast is included in  my room=-and there is fresh coffee in the morning down on 4th floor lobby. In the past I have always stayed on that floor and probably drank most of the coffee out the huge vat/urn.

After I checked in, it was time to head to Baltimore and the workshop. I don’t remember how many times I have come, twice to the basement with  painting and shibori workshops and three times with Nancy in the upstairs sewing away. This week is a continuation from last week and I feel quite behind. I think there are only three new people this week–and so my assigned location is back in the corner. Nancy likes us to face our work; I don’t like to be in the aisle; I like to see people coming and prefer to get up and look.

The temp is quite pleasant but there are some mosquitos out.

We already have our assignment for the next day and half–something to do with flat and vibrant colors. I have an idea of how to begin and hope my ideas will last until tomorrow morning when I actually sit down to sew.

This was a hard assignment--getting just the right subject with the right colors made it challenging. I cropped this photo to show the bird more clearly and did some adjusting of bright/shadows.

This was a hard assignment–getting just the right subject with the right colors made it challenging. I cropped this photo to show the bird more clearly and did some adjusting of bright/shadows.

I spent several days at the beach and took a lot of photos in the early morning and the early afternoon. This is a pelican at rest after a day of fishing. I found this technique required certain colors to work well (for me). It was hard not to have parts of the image wash out in the light.

I spent several days at the beach and took a lot of photos in the early morning and the early afternoon. This is a pelican at rest after a day of fishing. I found this technique required certain colors to work well (for me). It was hard not to have parts of the image wash out in the light.

How about these glowing birds? or how about a flower>

This is a sunflower found on the beach. There are huge hills of them on the dunes as part of the stabilization of the dunes. Two hurricanes leveled the dunes in the past and they are slowly rebuilding. I took a lot of flower photos this past week but this is the only one that seemed to work in the assignment. I did crop just a bit off the right but and did some adjustments of bright/shadows.

This is a sunflower found on the beach. There are huge hills of them on the dunes as part of the stabilization of the dunes. Two hurricanes leveled the dunes in the past and they are slowly rebuilding. I took a lot of flower photos this past week but this is the only one that seemed to work in the assignment. I did crop just a bit off the right but and did some adjustments of bright/shadows.

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