I am teaching the father Christmas Class next Monday at Houston International... The student image is more like 24" x 20".. but I will demo as we go a miniature version (last class demo finished up here)
Limited details find their way on THIS Fathers Coat.. but the larger students coat can tell a BIG story of their life using sketches ( I bring some)... stamps used as rubbing plates... and on and on. So Fun!
Students start out with a face I pre-painted on fabric. That allows much more time to PLAY with their own fun story.
Breaking a painting down to steps makes it not so ominous. So thats the plan here. A contour drawing is laid beneath fabric to be painted. This fabric is #3940 Stonehenge. It's a light value mottled fabric which adds a bit of texture/interest. The challenge?... seeing the drawing beneath.... It's there though and a light box could help if needed.... just be aware that a light box makes all your marks ( even dark ones) appear lighter than true value.
First... a simple marker sketch to get a feel for the area to be painted
adding some interesting abstract area at the bottom
some sketched in color in the negative space...
I'm not concerned about the blotching here as this area will be densely quilted.
Using a black Fabrico marker... I sketched in selected areas of black outline...
added yellow to the breast area... then starting the blue wings.
The same blue that filled the wings was used to lay a soft transparency atop the upper yellow breast and ofcourse created a green tint to add a bit of interest.
'Have now added black fill on the bird and once dry a bit of white on the face. Then, a soft yellow here and there in the background. Almost done!
A hint of lavendar added in the upper area.. Finishing up supportive borders and ready to quilt.
Sometimes as they say... Less is More.... The interesting mottled background called for less painting than on a pure white surface.
Whenever I'm scheduled to do an extended demo ( I'll be in Open Studio next Friday morning at Houston International )... I warm up in advance doing a small a painting.. this being a new piece of a sweet robin in the snow. I had yards of this exquisite sateen used in the border. There is not much more gorgeous than quilted sateen. This piece is fairly small ( 14.5" square) and because of the overall small size... you will see I was able to somewhat disproportionately quilt.
Simple wave lines in upper background. The bird merely needed to be secured to the double layer of batting designed to give a bit of stability to the overall piece.
Tiny bubble circles in darker snow bank areas
What to do with the border was a challenge til I decided a real feather-like fill would work. Easy and pretty quick.
Hope to see you in Houston this next week AND please take a look at the Libby Lehman auction addressed in the previous post.
It's almost here and we are all excited. (Auction begins OCT 22nd)
Many thanks up front to Clara Lawrence for the idea and coordination of so many artists participation and contributions. YOU can own a piece by one of your favorite artists.
click here to preview a UTube upload of the Inspired By Libby Collection that will go on the block for bidding Oct 22 - Nov 5th .
Quilts will be exhibited at Houston International later this month. Please stop by the exhibit... and bid when bidding opens on Oct 22nd. The bidding will take place at benefitbidding.com accessible directly or linked via http://www.inspiredbylibby.com
I am one of many international artists having contributed to the Inspired By Libby Lehman collection for a fundraising auction. All monies from this auction will go to Libby's rising medical fund. Each 30" x 30" art quilt in the auction has been inspired by either Libby's spirit (including this one below/my contribution) or inspired by one of her own beautiful quilts. I can't tell you how much fun it was to design a one of a kind piece so playful as that is how I view Libby.
She is getting better... talking... standing, some walking. Good chance we will see her at the exhibition in Houston. She has viewed and caressed all these quilts... and repeated " I am overwhelmed" several times. Please take a look at the entire collection shown as a preview on Utube link above ( see "click here" near the top of this post.)