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Lee Thomson
Interests: my kids and their interests, fabric & fiber, bicycles, circus, horses, boats
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Oh Roz. Thank you for this. I have read your blog for years now, for the paper and pen and paint recommendations, for your relentless enthusiasm, for your encouragement to MAKE something, but your posts about caring for your elderly touch my heart. My father is 90 and declining, my mother 81 and denying everything. I read your writing here and it gives me hope that I can face their decline with an iota of the grace you are demonstrating.
This blog now inhabits a different place. is my new home. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Dancing Crow Designs
I am deciding how to rearrange my presence online, and part of that seems to be creating a home page and gallery that are easier to navigate, and with any luck easier to maintain as well. If you're interested in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Dancing Crow Designs
I am so far behind if I slow down just a little, I might see the back of myself running away. Or something like that. I have not forgotten that I have a blog, nor that some people like reading... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
The show happened, and then I slept for three days, and then Thanksgiving happened, and this is all I have to show for it! It was a great show. It went well. The kids worked incredibly hard, and to a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
I had hoped to be able to show you that I am painting, or at least, experimenting with paint, but they are harder to photograph than I expected, so instead I give you a travelogue. This is the view out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
The rocks at the northern tip of Crane's Beach, looking across to Plum Island. It was taken last winter, when I was visiting my mother and walking her dog on the off-leash part of the beach. It was COLD, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
After staring at the small mammoth (is that oxymoronical?) I made a head for the two person mammoth for the upcoming show. The next steps are to get a layer of padding and fabric over it, and settle on the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
Done. Now I have to make a mammoth costume. Not an extremely large costume, but a costume to make two kids look like a wooly mammoth. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
I finally started work on the Crane Estate sale works. I am stumped by the current map-like view of the marsh, so I started this one today. It is from a photo I took on my mother's back step, looking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
I was surprised at how many subdued fabrics I chose for the base layers in this piece. So I compensated by making most of the threadwork more intense than usual. Alice likes this one. I like Mt Warner there in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
I seem to be developing a good habit, to my surprise. Frequently I get stuck and can't figure out what to do next. I used to sit and read for an hour or so, to let things in my head... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
I know, it doesn't look like this now. But things change so quickly around here! And fall really IS coming; Alice and I, the polar bears in our family, have been enjoying cooler weather and snuggling into sweatshirts in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
We had a week of sunsets like this while we visited my brother and his wife and their son. (In my opinion th ebest nephew in the world. Please don't tell me otherwise!) We rented a house on the hill,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
Sometimes in the middle of something I am not confident of, I have to stop and do something I know I understand completely, to reassure myself of my hard won skills. Alternatively, sometimes in the middle of working on one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
Meet Iris - finished but nekkid! I think she might need some clothes, but Alice says dragon girls are fine Just the Way they ARE. Thank you. The pattern was wonderful fun. She is knit entorely in the round, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
Of course, much of what I like best about the original idea I had was the focus on details of how water carved channels through the marsh and offshore. And that is the part that is the most difficult to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
My mother lives where she can look out over the salt marshes. When I go and visit her, I go to the beach, because it is the best beach, and because I have a pass for it. I have a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
The same piece of river as the last two, this time at sunset. Al is correct that the long sloping bank makes for a dead spot in the picture, but I knew that when I looked at the photograph I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
can't write, knitting knitting this person; isn't she great? Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
In a series of nine images, you can see the order I generally use to make a piece. This one has an average number of layers. The stitching in the second image shows how I sketch things in to make... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
There is a phrase that delighted me when I learned it: contra-jour. If you have some French or other romance language, you recognize that as, basically, "against the day" and it means, in art at any rate, to sit looking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
I think part of what makes me so fond of this one is the utter absurdity of the colors involved, and yet the forms of the river are all present. When I worked with satellite images, particularly Landsat imagery, we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
This is the second one I've finished. I feel now like I should go look up what it means to be abstract, but I'm not entirely sure it would help. I'm pleased with the lines and colors in this one,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs
One easy way to make something more abstract is to change the color scheme (and then simplify)(at least, that's the way I understand the process). I started thinking this would be brown fabric with blue stitching again, but that dusty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Dancing Crow Designs