Artful sewing and quilting with reclaimed vintage fabrics as my focus. Creating colorful homemade table decor, window treatments and pillow covers that I design in my "cabin" studio. My creations are for sale at craft shows in Florida during winter months and eventually online from my website. I have been working my craft for decades!
This is my last post from hermanscabin.com …. I have a new web page called JanetHermanArt.com. Click on it and take a look see! (Hopefully the link works for you.)
I have created a new website that is just for my art. That is what I used this old site for but too many people (at the shows) got confused by the name “hermans cabin.” Understandably, now that my work is not craft-based, I had to reconfigure my web presence. My new site uses a simplified theme that I fell in love with. The new site gives me the opportunity to present pictures of my thread paintings in a better way and add a shop.
Shopping at Jan’s
My shop focuses on sending out photo reproductions of my thread work in small sizes, as well as notecards. That is what I am also adding to my shows this winter. This is a test season for that. The photo work and printing reproductions has been a fun challenge. It did not take a big investment in cash … but it has taken a lot of time. Let’s hope it even remotely pays off. Grin.
During the summer in Colorado, at Arrowhead Point Campground and Cabins, I was able to complete 22 new pieces. That is only half of what I had planned but perhaps my target was too high. Two new series are the “Southwest Series Thread Paintings” and “Sunset Birds.” I included a gallery of the small thread paintings in the Southwest Series. I was able to scan them in at high resolution and follow with a bit of Photoshop. The five larger pieces and the bird series need a photo shoot and I have not decided whether to DIY or hire that work out.
So … here are pictures of a few new pieces inspired by my southwest photography and travels through Arizona and Utah a few years ago
5×7 Southwest Series, Zion Paintbrush, matted.
5×7 Southwest Series, Trail Flower, matted. SOLD
5×7 Southwest Series, Utah Flowers, matted.
5×7 Southwest Series, Desert Valley, matted.
5×7 Southwest Series: Sunset Lace, matted.
5×7 Southwest Series: West Rim Flower, matted.
5×7 Southwest Series: Summer Tanager, matted.
5×7 Southwest Series: Desert Cardinal, matted.
5×7 Southwest Series: Warbler, matted.
5×7 Southwest Series, Wood Thrush. Matted.
Finally, I hope you enjoyed your summer where ever you are. It definitely feels like summer here in Florida. Next up is getting everything else scanned and photographed so I can revamp my website and present the entire Southwest Series thread painting series.
My goal for next season’s art theme: From Florida marshes to Colorado mountains and Utah national parks. My theme is yet undecided but something along the lines of “threading trails across America.”
I am using my photos from over years of travel as inspiration. Two such photos are those below. (Click on them for photo caption.) Many photos I collect are along trails Ken and I have hiked. I include birds and wild plants I photographed along with researching what else can be expected along those trails. I like to include my “artistic” version of those as accompanying pieces as well.
Image of trail below treeline as it threads its way through aspen forest.
Exploring trail system near campsite
I have much work to do as I experiment with my ideas for creating more realistic trees and, for the first time, incorporating people into my work. Those are my summer plans along with working for Joe & Cathy at Arrowhead Campground & Cabins in Buena Vista, Colorado.
My next post will probably be a while as we thread our way North to visit family and friends … then find the trail West.
Thread painting over watercolor of Roseate Spoonbill.
Thread painting over watercolor on 11×14 cotton. Crane-like Limpkin in water.
Chirping Meadowlark in 5×7 inch thread painting on cotton. Waterolor painting before thread work.
night eagle feather 8×10 inch. Rose gold thread colors free hand embroidered on black.
thread art 5×7 inch of painting on cotton
Thread painting on 8×10 black canvas as rose gold eagle feather.
I’ve added a few more birds and feathers for art shows. Over the six art shows I have done (and, only one more to go in April) I have sold 35 pieces of art. Most of the sold ones are the little ones but that is expected.
One little change I made is now having only framed work in my booth. Previously I did sell unframed originals in a bin and decided not to do that any more. Another little change is avoiding art shows with car shows attached. I have been doing okay selling art except at those types of events that are more “family festival” than “art show.” This is a learning experience and fortunately I still consider it fun.
My biggest selling event was at Lake Wales, Florida. I don’t know why it was so different from all the rest (except, no kids activities and no car show). This was the first time I actually got nervous that I was selling too much.
I’d like to think my art work is improving with all the challenges I am putting myself through and I seem to never exhaust my supply of ideas. Of course, I get requests: pelicans, swans, loons, fish (really?), and a manatee. This gives me pause for thought. It is time to think about what my “series” will be for next season. After making a list, it seems I will have to whittle it down a bit. Logically, it seems I should continue on with what was sold, and I may a bit. Here is a brief list:
Purple flowers in pots, an owl and owl feathers on black, a guitar on black, gechos (lizards) done on colorful batik fabric, Midwest birds, Florida birds, sunset over the gulf and camping (lots of photos), Colorado mountain scenes (lots of photos), beach scenes, etc. If I do five different photos in different sizes for each series that gives me 45 pictures for next fall-winter-spring. Will I get them done? Who knows!!
yellow crown night heron from Sanibel. 8×10 thread painting over turquoise watercolor pool.
Thread painted snowy owl feather on 8×10 back cotton canvas. Presented in natural wood frame.
Thread painted Trio of eagle feathers in white and gold on 8×10 background of black cotton canvas. Shadow gray feather below.
Thread painted eagle feather in white and golds on 8×10 background of black cotton canvas.
Shy Great Egret with neck curl up. 8×10 in wood frame. Background watercolor in green pool. Art by Jan Herman.
After the Suncoast Art Show I knew I needed to make more feathers. Using on-hand frames these are 5 of my new pieces with more to come. These are all in 8×10 wood frames for a show coming up this weekend. A few of my first pieces were feather thread paintings quilted black on black for the background. They never made it to a show because one of my lovely neighbors purchased them first. I am curious to see the reaction of art show patrons.
The birds are from my old photos of Florida birds taken at the Ding Darling preserve on Sanibel Island.
January 21-22, 2017 – SunCoast ArtsFest fine art show at Wiregrass Shoppes, Wesley Chapel Florida.
I was at booth 72, in front of the Sleep Number store next to Dillards.
Saturday was a very warm, sunny day. So many people came past and stopped at my booth. As always, I hear “it’s thread?”
It helps that I had a sign made to identify thread painting … sort of. There is no name that specifically identifies what I do. I’ll admit that I enjoy that aspect.
My observations, so far, are that men are quite interested in my work as far as the technical aspect goes: how long does it take? how much thread do you use? Any women who have been even remotely involved in quilting are quite interested, peering closely with glasses off. They are more interested in, “what stitch do you call this?” There is no answer for that. But I enjoy talking to everyone.
The crane above was purchased by William K and his wife. I hope they enjoy their purchase and that I see them again. My last two hummingbirds have been sold as well as several feathers. I must get to work on more hummingbirds and feathers for the next show at the Lake Wales Art Festival on February 18th. I have a few ideas in mind.
My show list is uptodate through March. There will be one or two more shows in April and I think that will be it.
Meanwhile, my floral work will probably be moved to the Village Sampler, booth 307 where I stage some of my art and all of the vintage items I have made. That is located on Avenue B, SW at 2nd Street in Winter Haven, FL.
Presenting my latest work called either I am the Heron, or Lavender Sky over Heron Pond, this is a 24×20 inch thread painting over ink drawing and watercolor paint. The unframed photo on the left shows the work before thread painting.
This new thread painting is ready for the SunCoast Artsfest on January 21st and 22nd. It is the first time I will show work without glass over it. Here’s hoping for no finger marks in spite of the request to “please do not touch.” There is not enough time to get a custom frame ordered for this size and still have it in the show so I am going to present it with an unglazed wood frame I have on hand.
More fine art festivals
Meanwhile, I have been applying to other fine art festivals in the area. This week I was accepted into the Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County at the Bradenton ArtCenter on February 25-26th; the Leesburg Art Festival on March 11-12th; and the 9th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival in Riverview, FL on March 25-26th. There are a couple more shows applied to that I haven’t heard from yet and April shows I decided to wait on pending the outcome of the January art show.
Retail Coming Up …
I will soon have a booth at the Village Sampler shoppes in Winter Haven. Since I have an inventory of hand sewn art pillow covers and table linens from craft shows, this will hopefully be a good outlet. I will also try to sell thread paintings that don’t fit my “body of work” theme and some of my experiments. And, there’s that massive stock of vintage linens I was collecting. I’ll be including the best vintage pieces at booth 307. However, you won’t see any current art festival work or things like “Lavendar Sky” there. There are interesting art and fine craft booths there along with vintage which makes this MALL quite different from others I have seen.
The Village Sampler is at 155 Ave B., SW in Winter Haven. It is 2 blocks south of Center Street and near the intersection of Ave B, SW and 2nd Street.
Hopefully, the walls to my booth are up and I can get it stocked by Friday the 13th. Hmmmm.
Heart carved into aspen in mountain scene with wild turkey. 11×14 thread painting.
Bigger than life hummingbird hangs onto stem. wood framed 11×14
Thread Painting of path through flowers and robins singing. 11×14
I made a few new art pieces and new frames over the past couple weeks. I had these unfinished frames and decided to stain and finish them in a driftwood color. I had an urge to present some artwork without glass over it so I made these 8×10 pieces and tucked them into 11×14 inch white mats I had on hand. I’ll have them at the next show which is January 21st. I am concerned about keeping them clean. This will be a test. All of my pieces have been framed and glazed (under glass), except these three. I wonder if anyone will notice the difference.
It was a pretty nice day in Clearwater, Florida. The weather couldn’t have been better. The Pinellas Women’s Club Arts & Crafts show overlooked the bay, attended by thousands of buyers on Sunday, November 13. We had booth #80, under the huge canopy of an oak tree, shaded all day. Many people were in a buying mood for Christmas decor and “gifty things.” There must have been over 150 booths for buyers to shop at. I was one of THREE art-people there. It was pretty evident people weren’t looking for art and seemed surprised to find us there. I received ample attention and several folks took some of my work home. My black-and-white eagle and owl feathers went to Carin for the wall in her “master.” She wants these small works to fill the space next to a black/white piece she already owns.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Fall Festival at Solivita, The Solivita Show Report: Weather on all fronts was really great as was the attendance. Also in the positive column was the availability of a big, ice-cold matai cocktail from the bar at Solivita.
Thanks to Kathy H. who owns “PA Blue Jay” and Margaret W. who now owns the “Tanager” artwork in red. She is Chinese and shared with me that her name means yellow and red is her funshi color. I will not pretend I know how to spell what she said.
I was busy explaining my art process to the many artists and quilters that live in the Solivata community and appreciate their interest. Many asked about classes. I’m not there yet! My booth was full of people for much of the show.
It was nice of a certain gentleman, whose name I didn’t get, to talk to me about marketing my art. He reminded me to make a sign for my booth with my name on it. Oh yes, I should have done that already. He also mentioned it would be helpful for interested art patrons to explain my artwork as many were confounded by it. I love that it challenges perceptions, but we agreed the term “watercolor & thread” on a sign within my booth would be helpful. As he is a retired marketing professional (he claimed) I am grateful for generous, helpful comments like his. Actually, I like his suggestions and will be working on that this week. What do you think? “Watercolor & Thread?”