Thursday, April 17, 2014

Degas horse - Day6

I thought it would be fun for you to see  progression of painting the horse with the jockey. I love the impressionistic style of painting. I wonder what Degas would have thought

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Degas horse - Day5

One of the Hill-Stead's hidden treasures: Theodate Pope's riding boots. Ms. Pope was the heiress of the estate and lived a dynamic life that included many interests. She and her parents acquired paintings from impressionistic painters in the 1800's.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Degas horse - Day4

Painting gesture into the horse and his rider, and then adding the background sky and hedge row, really make the whole landscape come alive. Giddyup!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Degas horse - Day3

It's such a thrill to block in the immediate foreground color and begin the main figure... In this case, I chose one of the several jockeys in the Degas painting.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Degas horse - Day2

Choosing fabric sets the stage for the artwork. The fabric must have the right atmosphere of the painting. Notice how it begins to tell the story.

Degas horse - Day1

My version of instant gratification is collectiong my sketches, resources, and sometimes the frame of a piece. I then take a collage photo. It gets me organized and gets me excited to start. The inspiration for my artwork is a pastel of jockeys on their horses by Degas (1886; This is a part of my series Mastering the Masters.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hill-Stead Museum Portrait: A whole cloth quilt - Day11

Finally! The finishing touches are done in ink. This medium is translucent and using it to add just a few detailed hints of landscape is effective. This technique is much like when the Impressionists wanted to make a ‘suggestion’ on the canvas for the eye to complete.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hill-Stead Museum Portrait: A whole cloth quilt - Day10

The quilt work is making the piece come alive!!! And now I just have to detail the sidewalk and rock wall. The piece is shown draped over the canvas substrate.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hill-Stead Museum Portrait: A whole cloth quilt - Day9

Stitching intricate leaves, texture into the sky, and the grassy I feel like the piece is really coming to life.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hill-Stead Museum Portrait: A whole cloth quilt - Day8

I love the contrast between the straight lines of the architecture and the painterly strokes of color.  I can’t wait to sew tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hill-Stead Museum Portrait: A whole cloth quilt - Day7

It was so satisfying to paint the house, but I couldn't wait to get into the landscape! Sometimes when I work, there is a critical wave that comes and goes: “I like it, I don't like it, I like it…” However, every step of this project there is a new level of excitement and I have “liked” it all along the way! Every day when I finish working in my studio, I can't wait until the next day to work!