Nellie"s Needles

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Real Lake and MY Lake

This is how the real lake looks today.
This is the lake in MY imagination.

Lake #52 - 13"x 11"
Our son took a picture with his iPhone on his bicycle ride to work this morning in downtown Chicago. It's zero degrees up there today. It is beautiful, but it's not my lake.

I've been watching the ice and snow build up on the shoreline where our cottage is in Michigan through the webcam that's posted in my sidebar (live pictures changed every 30 seconds). Just days ago there was running water in the channel and waves lapping the beach. Brrrr....I'll keep dreaming of warm summer days on MY lake.

12 comments:

Waltraud said...

Great, love your interpretations!

Vicki W said...

I didn't realize that you had the web cam - that's very cool!

Nellie's Needles said...

The webcam isn't ours. We checked out getting one, but BOY is it expensive. We're glad that someone else has it even though they're located a mile or so down the beach on the other side of the channel from our place.

Gerry said...

You've been doing so simply wonderful works recently. And as always, I'm in awe of how you make these sceneries so lifelike. Just amazing!

Joyce said...

I was just thinking about your lake series earlier today! Funny that you should post about it. Is the ice breaking up on the lake or is that just a winter look? It does look cold.

Nellie's Needles said...

Joyce, the ice is building up. It freezes and then breaks and the chunks regroup. When enough of this happens there can be what appear to be ships out there. I've heard this phenomena referred to as "the fleet".

Karen said...

Nellie, Bike ride to work...In January in Chicago..! Your son is a brave soul LOL!( of course this is coming from someone who works outside all year long. oh what joy.) The changing lake is so much fun to watch. I love the way you capture its many moods in your quilts.

Micki said...

Another fabulous quilt. I love how you can make these so varied in look, yet using the same technique.

teodo said...

I prefer the lake you did...it makes me feel warmer! :o)
but let me tell you...the real lake is wonderful too.
ciao, ciao

self taught artist said...

its cool to see the frozen real lake and how you see it via the quilt. darn good photo for a cell phone.

hey that photo just below the one where your thumb is, i LOVE that little brown round thing on the lower right with the 6 little gray bulbous things. very cool, as are the blue swirls above. always something different..amazing.

Karoda said...

only in an art quilt can a frozen lake look good! i do not want to be anywhere near a place that gets cold enough to freeze a lake! i complained that it was in the 20's today!

Nellie's Needles said...

Lake #52 reflects my memory of a summertime lake. To see an interpretation of an early winter lake quilt see Lake #48 It was created at the end of this last summer season.