Tuesday, July 31, 2012
My Gentle Giant "Ben" is headed to the International Quilt Festival in Texas. Nice honor to have been accepted. I'm packing him up for shipment today. I will miss him hanging around my studio but glad he's getting this honored trip. Here's a Closeup Detail ... I'll be teaching there this year so hope I see some of you.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Visiting family dominated the computer yesterday so am 1 day later than intended posting this cleverly created story board about the monuments creation. Carol created each story-line using handwritten text and her pen 'n' ink drawings. Impressive.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
...About my dear friend and painter Carol Culbert of Orange, California. Flying Guess Quilt Guild sponsored a challenge to it's members to create a quilt including a history lesson, some number of "flying guess" and use of a challenge fabric. Carol created every bit of this .. no hired quilter.. all her( we talked a bit on the quilting plan and thread choices and how to face her quilt) but she did every bit of the work. I'm impressed. Here's an overview of the result telling Mt Rushmore's story...
Friday, July 20, 2012
While I'm vacationing, friend and student Rachel Sawyer Perkins was busy finishing a gift for her friend and owner of these 2 adorable bulldogs.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Somebody has to vacation here so it might as well be me... ;-) My family is here too.. What could be better than that?! We took a boat cruise out to the famous arch where the Pacific Ocean meets The Sea of Cortez. Rough waters, big waves, and a good bit of fun.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Using a similar process as previously addressed on bricks, I have added light and darker concrete colors on the stoop on which these 2 sit. I've now got the "big picture" complete and can begin a critical review process to determine 'tweaks' needed here and there.
Monday, July 16, 2012
I do begin each rocky adobe brick by blocking in a base color avoiding ink in areas where lighter rocks or pebbles will be represented in the brick. I am photographing one small brick fairly close up and admittedly on a vertical rather than as it actually will be viewed horizontal. This will be clear later.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Most of walls surrounding the entry door are rough adobe bricks.. seemingly more dirt than anything else and really interesting stuff. There are a few red bricks on one side of the portal. They get blocked in first then the long process of 'laying' bricks and rocks.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The lower half of the entry door, in front of which the girls sit, seems a good representation of their village life. The door is worn but brightly colored. I love the colors of the Mexican culture. This will be a challenge to interpret and I'm already thinking about how to quilt a WORN DOOR. Oh joy! I have often said, after the big picture idea and the start of a piece, art is largely problem solving. So be it... it's kind of like life.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
This young girl will be more of a challenge as her head is in a strange position as well as less clear in the reference photo.. but begin I will... I'll figure it out as I move along.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
These 2 young girls hail from a small village in Mexico. What they don't have in tangible wealth, they make up for in a more meaningful wealth of friendship.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Over the years I have become attracted to the work of a well known photographer from the U.S. Through a mutual financial arrangement, the photographer has given me permission to create an art quilt interpretation of one of his photos. His original image is copy written so won't be seen here but my piece will and will also be considered under copyright protection. I begin with a contour black and white drawing laid underneath my fabric. I am in Mexico ( as were these 2 young subjects) and I am on the shore with some humidity... so I will begin with a 'base' coat of light value skin tone which when good and dry will be overpainted with warm hispanic skin values/colors. Let's go! It doesn't look like much today... but tomorrow will start to reveal their hearts.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
I am at last here in beautiful Cabo San Lucas for my annual art and family time. Week 1 is private art time. Week 2 "mi familia" arrives.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A few graceful curved lines in the shadows of the hair...