Posts Tagged ‘Boundary Waters’

Boundary Waters 83 Juried into H2OH!

BWaters83web500Boundary Waters 83
39.5 x 40 inches
Materials:  White cotton fabric, non-woven fabric, Lutradur, ink, gel medium, acrylic paint, miniature paper fasteners.  Techniques:  Screen print, paint, collage, cut, punch, fasten.
Virginia A. Spiegel

Boundary Waters 83 is one of 34 artworks from 522 entries juried into H2OH!, a Studio Art Quilt Associates traveling exhibit focusing on water. A list of all the accepted artists and venues already scheduled for the next three years are here.

I SOOOOOOOO wanted to be in this exhibit because when I am by or on a lake, river, or ocean I feel I have arrived exactly where I need and want to be.  And, of course, the waters of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are near and dear to my heart. I continue making artwork in this series not just as an artistic expression of how I feel about the landscape, but also as witness to an area that must be cherished and protected from development and exploitation.


Boundary Waters 83 – Detail 1

There are three artworks in this series within the series.  The other two are under wraps until I enter them a few more places. There is no stitching in the three artworks. Let’s just say THOUSANDS of miniature paper fasteners would not be an exaggeration. The action of punching small holes and inserting the fasteners is actually quite similar to hand-stitching and equally time consuming.


BWaters83Dtl2500webBoundary Waters 83 – Detail 2


01 2017

Twelve new artworks up today!

SunWaterRock3300Sun, Water, Rock 3

Twelve new artworks are up today on my website. They are, of course, inspired by the Boundary Waters.  The interplay of sun and water over submerged rocks in infinitely interesting and very, very calming.

SunWaterRock8300Sun, Water, Rock 8

All of the artworks are handpainted white cotton fabric, cut and torn, sewn and then cut again and collaged.  Each artwork is mounted on a painted 12x12x.75″ stretched canvas. The artwork is wired for hanging and shipping is included to most locations.

SunWaterRock4300Sun, Water, Rock 4


09 2015

New Artwork: Water, Rock, Tree

waterrocktree448Water, Rock, Tree
27.5″ x 31″
White cotton and non-woven fabric painted with acrylic paint
with brush and brayer, screen printed, duck cloth, felt.
Collaged, raw-edge applique, machine stitched with rayon thread.

My sister and I just completed our twenty-second wilderness canoe trip in the Boundary Waters (a million acres of wilderness along the Canadian/U.S. border) and the landscape continues to amaze me.


It is simply a world of water, rock, and tree. But the environment is endlessly changing from minute to minute.


If you look closely, over time you will see patterns repeating from the water, to rocks stacked along the shore, to the beautiful bark of giant pine trees.


Details showing some of the hand-painted and screenprinted fabrics in this very layered and dimensional artwork:waterrocktreeDtl448


See all sixty-eight Boundary Waters artwork here.



08 2015

Wilderness Canoe Camping – Fun, Inspiration, Art

All photos of me by Nancy J. Spiegel Rosman.
This will be the cover photo of the book I will create for us about our journey.

Trip #18 to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was a blast!  My sister and I said, “Best trip ever!”  Of course, we say that every time. We had ten days of fun and adventure with lots of sisterly laughter while canoeing, portaging, and camping.  It’s back to the basics in its most beautiful form.


A new fav site.  This is the west side, but the “front” is equally rocky and open.

We went in with rain, but then hit hot and windy.  Windy made paddling interesting, but kept the bugs to an amazing low number (except on the portages which were wet, slippery, and, of course, buggy).  We camped for six of the nine nights on a six-mile lake and had it to ourselves except for one night.  We reveled in the peace and privacy. We canoed every day, no matter how big the water was, and racked up 45 miles of paddling.

Thinking about StickHenge 1

I made three found art pieces, but only have photos of two.  Through a weird set of circumstances we ended up with only one camera, my little pocket  NIkon Coolpix.  The battery died on Day 7. End of photos.

Stickhenge 2

I visited Stonehenge this year, so I have been thinking about gates and shadows.  I liked how everything changed in the artwork as the sun passed each day.


Mayflies on a water bottle – fleeting beauty.

One of the most amazing aspects of this trip was the graphic and beautiful demonstration of the circle of life.  Mayflies hatched and climbed at dusk in whirling circles, rising and falling like confetti in a whirlwind.  Why would such a fragile and lovely life last but a day?  Because the next day the ducks, loons, and fish dined on an enormous amount of protein just when needed during their reproductive cycles.

And then?  Out of the sky drops an osprey – boom!  It hits the water and takes the fish feeding on the mayflies on the surface of the water slowly into the air.  The ospreys had a nest nearby and what an honor it was to watch them work and work to bring fish to their young.  And they weren’t alone.  An eagle was hunting also.  When the eagle strayed too close to the osprey territory, we witnessed a deadly aerobatic fight until the eagle slid away on the wind.  No mayflies for a day, no fish, no osprey young.


Java on the rocks – A ritual of silence and seeing.

P.S.  Our record of seeing at least one moose on every trip stands!  Stand by later this month for news of a special Fall trip to the Quetico.



07 2012

“RockTime” – A New Artwork for Rituals exhibit

Boundary Waters 60 (RockTime)
Virginia A. Spiegel

I seldom like to detour from the themes I’m currently pursuing in my artwork, but the artwork for Dinner at Eight Artists (Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison) wanted to be created as soon as I read the call for this juried invitational.  Jamie and Leslie invited us to consider “An exchange between friends.  A handshake.  A kiss before bedtime.  The artist at work. A sun salutation. The wave before boarding a school bus. A song, a word, a meditation. A habit, a custom.  The traditional toast at a gathering. A rite of passage.  The sacred moments of the ordinary.  Rituals:  What are yours?”

I even, oddly enough, liked the required size, 60″Hx24″W, as it made me think of approaching the work as though it were a scroll.  As soon as I read the word ritual I knew that I wanted to do something about RockTime which is one of the truest rituals in my life: “My sister and I paddle to a campsite, put up our tent, unload our backpacks, and then it is, at last, RockTime.  We spend hours just sitting and looking.  But what we are really doing is engaging in a ritual of being of the place, in harmony with rock, tree, and water.”

Boundary Waters 60 (RockTime) – Detail
Virginia A. Spiegel

I’ll have more details about this artwork as the premier at the International Quilt Festival – Long Beach in July approaches.  In the meantime, the Dinner at Eight Artists’ blog is now featuring invited artists’ profiles, including mine.

Rituals’ sponsor for IQF-Long Beach is Moore’s Sewing Centers and Havel’s Sewing for Festival in Houston.


04 2012