Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
I started painting some of the small details on the house. The shutters were a good place to start, for many artistic reasons. I am looking forward to developing the composition as a whole. I love landscape and it will frame this beautiful house.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
While I was sewing, I had to make decisions about which lines to stitch and which lines to save for painting. I’m stitching the major lines to capture each architectural detail and will paint the intricate details later. The beginning and end of each stitch line must have the threads pulled to the back of the piece and tied in a small knot.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Notice that I drew the general shapes of the tree and rock wall and focused on the details of the mansion. The sketching of so many details was tedious but it needed to be exact to maintain the interesting structure of the house. Drawing straight lines is something I don’t usually do in my artwork!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
My latest project is a portrait of a mansion, the Hill-Stead Museum. The mansion houses masterpieces by Edgar Degas and Claude Monet, along with notable works by Mary Cassatt, Edouard Manet, James Whistler, and others, make the collection at Hill-Stead one of the most significant in the United States. To see the magnificent collection of art, sculpture, furnishings, gardens, and more, visit www.hillstead.org.
I am excited to be working on a piece with architectural detail. It was interesting to splice together two different photographs taken in two seasons to create a cohesive piece. My challenge is to portray the expansiveness of the mansion while capturing the incredible details at the same time.
This will be a whole cloth piece and will include stitching, paint, and embellishments to make the artwork come alive. (Read note in right margin for definition of “whole cloth quilts”.)
Saturday, March 8, 2014
"It's the Thought That Counts" is one of my favorite quilts! I loved the freedom of innovative piecing and designing as I sewed! The inspiration of the batik panel intrigues me. When I am looking at it, I imagine what the rest of the picture would be and it makes me want to expand the visual space of the original piece.
Friday, March 7, 2014
When beginning the piecing process, I work the with the main panel first. I sometimes cut other units which makes assembly a lot easier. By cutting up the other pieced units and re-piecing them, I enhance the abstract look of the art. Sewing almost in a log cabin fashion, piecing around and around until all units are sewn onto the panel, is a primitive way to work, but again, this technique adds to the ethnc feel of the art quilt. Then I added the border that tied it all together!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Seeing that I needed more pieced elements in the quilt and needed some red color to complement the girl’s image, I decided to piece a checkerboard of two colors. At this point I am looking for color and composition balance. The maroon color and the geometric pattern that I pieced seemed like it would do the job.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I liked the Mosiac Crosses, so I wanted to make them again. This time I made them smaller and used more colors. Not really planning how many blocks I should make, I really just cut and sewed as the whim hit. I also used a slightly different way to piece the mosiac pattern together, integrating the blocks into a makeshift strip set.