Friday, October 31, 2008
Uluru is the aboriginal name for Ayer's Rock in Central Australia. A hot place, hence I chose orange as my colour.
Dingoes are associated with Uluru for many reasons...some of them malevolent. Hence the evil stare.
Any comments welcome,
As some suggested I am continuing "In the manner of Paul Klee" as a series.
Studying his use of perspective I looked at so many Klee paintings that I could see them when I looked away and with my eyes closed!
It appears to me that Klee deliberately obliterated perspective. The sky and Earth are where they belong but values and relative sizes that would indicate perspective are jumbled together.
Klee's painting, Crystal Gradation , suggests the peaks and valleys of a mountain terrain. I based Autumn Poeville on that idea.
Klee's light source appears omnidirectional to me.
To at least acknowledge perspective I cheated a bit by giving the light direction.
Poeville is a ghost town on Peavine Mountain. Seemed appropriate for October.
I have a hold on a book written by Klee. Hopefully it will shed some light on his cryptic painting rules. I would like to know whether or not he obliterated perspective intentionally or if I am way off the mark.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
This month, we are looking at Innunguaq through another inuksuk that forms a window, called a niungvaliruluit, which frames an object or a place in the distance.
So, I pulled the fabrics from my gray piles, and the sky just had a hint of blue-green compared to all the other colors, but it turned out to be quite colorful next to the grays, as was the grassy fabric. Not quite monochromatic, as it turns out. But even though it isn't all gray, I was having so much fun making it that I couldn't get rid of the "pretty" fabrics. Wish I had more of the mottled stuff - it looks like rocks covered with lichens, which ar about the only plants that grow that far north.
This was really fun for me, and I found myself working quite a bit bigger and bolder than usual. This quilt is about 18" x22." Thanks for a great challenge!
With this challenge, I finally found a use for the green wood fabric that I've had for years. I used commercial fabrics, as I am trying to use up some of my stash. I pulled out all my green fabrics and was able to use six in varying shades from yellow-green to olive to dark hunter green (tree trunk). This is the second in my garden series. It has minimal quilting, but I will likely add more later, as well as some shading/shadow. I was also able to use some nice hand-painted Japanese green silk thread, which I couched along the pathway.
Since I am a newbie, I welcome all comments and suggestions. Thanks, Linda Mac in Wyo.
I hate to miss a challenge, but I can tell you using only my left hand was a huge challenge as was monochromatic color! I chose brown and hope that I achieved some perspective. It is a real challenge working with one color. you might note that I snuck in a bit of burgundy.
Carrying on with my women at work theme I'm sure that you can all guess what these gals profession is.
I look forward to your comments.
Thanks for the great challenge Ann.
Originally this was going to be done in blues...lol..but I changed to browns. This is the 2nd in my what is that series and is 15x18.5", I was going to do them all 12" but decided to mix up the sizes for a more interesting quilt after the 12 months.
I held this item in front of me at an angle and took a picture, converted it to black and white and then drew it. I then used fusible webbing to make the various shapes, fused and then sewed the edges. Unfortunately I am out of batting so this will be added to the rapidly growing piles of things to quilt!
So what is that? :-D
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This was a fun challenge! I have set criteria for myself in these challenges to keep it small and simple, and use things I already have. I had to dig to find enough tints and shades of red fabrics (without having to get out paint, etc.) in my stash. I don't have a huge amount of reds, but that's the color this piece needed to be.
Continuing my series on diabetes, this piece represents the target blood sugar range...where a "normal" person just is and where a diabetic person has to work hard to try to be. Somewhere between here and there: 70-100. It's about 10" square.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I found this picture in Scientific American and knew immediately that I wanted to do it. It seemed to meet the challenge well so this is it. I hand dyed the cloud, fuse pieced the light and used commercially dyed fabric for the dark infinity. Deciding on the amount of quilting for the triangulation effect was most challanging. I am new at art quilting and need all thre input I can get so have at it folks. Thank you!
Monday, October 27, 2008
This is my fastest fast Friday ever…. It had to be as I leave for Vancouver B.C. first thing tomorrow am. It actually is a work in progress, and is a continuation of my “spirit” series. Using some rust printed fabric that I tried for the first time a few weeks ago, the orange color family of was my natural choice for a monochromatic color scheme. An attempt was made at a feeling of perspective, only in that some layers are clearly behind others. The perspective concept is hard to do with a “spirit” theme. Some shading may be added when I get a chance to start working on this again. I am looking forward to keeping up with this challenge from my Mom’s computer, and to finishing my piece when I return home in a week. Any ideas of how this needs to be quilted are appreciated, and of course I always welcome critiques.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I choose the monochromatic blues since that is the most of I have in scrapes. I don't feel like I have a good range of blues but it seemed to work out - I wish I had more medium values. I used the light values for the horizon and the ground and the dark values for the trees. In order to show perspective I used used scale - smaller and larger trees in the distance. I also did very simplified trees. To highlight the ground and the sky was done primarily in the quilting lines - snow drifts for the ground and bubbles for the sky.
The final size is 23 x 32.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Challenge #26 – Friday, October 24th ,2008
Guest Hostess – Anna Koziol
Working in a Series:
Continue working with the theme that you have chosen, or you may decide to work with another theme. Whatever works for you is fine; as long as you are enjoying the journey.
Color Concept: Monochromatic
Monochromatic is defined as one color. In a monochromatic color scheme, the colors in the design all come from the same color family.
“The most important ingredient in this color scheme is value – the contrast of light and dark hues. This contrast can be subtle, softly contrasted, or strongly apparent. When working with a monochromatic color scheme, keep in mind that a design is far more striking or interesting when value or intensity changes are present. For instance, if you want to create a purple design, you can use pure purple and any of its tints, shade or tone scales to create a good value contrast.” Joen Wolfrom…excerpt from Color Play.
The monochromatic scheme can be a difficult plan to work in (I have never done it…yet) ,the fabric must strictly adhere to the monochromatic guidelines. If your fabric choice is limited use paints or crayons to extend your monochromatic palette.
A monochromatic design will help us to see subtle differences in value.
Composition Concept: Perspective.
Perspective is a subtle form of geometry; it represents figures and objects not as they are but as we see them in space. (Geometry represents figures not as we see them but as they are. The science of perspective gives dimensions of objects seen in space as they appear to the eye of the spectator.
One way to develop a feel for perspective is to copy or trace the lines of a photograph, translating it to a language of lines.
Perspective is a word but also a concept. Things that are closer to us always look bigger than they would if they were far away; a beetle can look bigger than a bus if a beetle is close enough. Things also appear to change shape depending on where they are in relation to you (or where you are in relation to them). A table will look very different if you are standing on top of it, or sitting on a chair looking at it, or hiding underneath it. This applies to most other things.
Try looking at things from different angles and distances in order to see how they appear to change.
Tips for creating perspective (summarized from Gloria Loughman’s book – Luminous Landscapes)
Overlapping Objects…..using overlapping objects in the foreground to hide or partially obscure objects in the middle distance
Objects in the Distance….placing large and small versions of similar objects in a design
Detail….the amount of detail you can see depends on how close you are to an object. Objects lose clarity and detail as they are placed further back in a composition.
Converging lines…when considering design features such as roads, rivers, buildings, walls; remember that the lines made by these features converge as they move away from you.
Aerial perspective….is the effect of distance and atmosphere on color. Colors become duller and lighter as they recede into the distance.
I decided on a strong vertical composition, simplifying and elongating the image in the photograph and eliminating the perspective to produce a flat poster-like surface with the water-shapes being simplified too. The whole thing has been fused to a dark-blue base fabric which I've allowed to show in places because I didn't want the effect top be too smooth.
Critiques most welcome!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
I finally decided to make use of one of the silk scarves my son brought me from India, cutting the borders for my main vertical lines. The two blue fabrics had practically the same orange color in their patterns so they seemed to fit in well. The backing is white satin, which shows through in a few places. The pieces are lightly stuffed with Polyfil to create some three-dimensionality. I surrounded the three butterflies with very narrow blue ribbon.
As with many of my pieces, I mounted this on foam core, and I made a narrow border of the white satin, which wraps around the foam core and is hand-stitched.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
This is my first in a series of Native American Symbols. Right before the challenge was announced my sister came home from Arizona and gave me a book of Native American Symbols.. this was perfect timing. I paged through the book and found the owl. My time is pretty limited when it comes to my art so I thought I may have bitten off more than I could chew.. but, I finished it in 10 days. I love the color purple so I knew I wanted to use that with a complimentary color. I choose the purple/blue and the yellow/orange. I think these colors worked pretty well with this challenge. I like to raw edge applique with wonder under. All of my fabrics are cotton except the white is satin. And all of my pieces are stitched down with monofilament thread. I also like to embellish. I put a few crystals on the piece and some of that new shimmery ribbon with fusible glue on it. I always have fun with the quilting. I'm not a very good free motion quilter but, these fast friday challenges will give me a chance to improve. The quilt is 24.5 x 9.5 Laura Krasinski
THe first photo I posted looked more pink...I took this one in natural sunlight and the color is much more true. I deleted the first photo.
A day or two after this challenge was issued, I happened to be riding through the mountains on a rainy day. The sky was gray, the trees and the hills on the whole were still mostly green but now and again I saw the bright red of vines that creep up the trees and add a burst of color. I thought :"This is it! This is a complementary color scheme with some neutrals." I did not have a camera at the time but tried to keep these images in my head as I made this quilt. I cut all the pieces freehand and pinned them down, moving things around adding and subtracting until it had the look I wanted. The vines are done with needle lace (embroidery done off the surface and then attached). This let me avoid the pitfalls of heavy thread work on a quilted surface.
I would call the composition predominately vertical because of the trees but it definitely has horizontal and even diagonal elements. I guess nature does not go strictly by one set of rules. The size of this quilts is 22" x 14". I welcome your comments and/or critiques.
This is a work in progress. Finished size is approximately 23" x 24". Commercial fabrics. Thread painting is mostly King Tut varigated threads.
I chose to work with fushia and lime green as my complementary fabrics. Design is diagonal with the background fabrics moving from left to right and the leaves falling from right to left.
The leaves are fused on and then thread painted using varigated threads. To complete this I will be using varigated threads to quilt leaves in the background and border.
Comments most welcome!
-- Joanna Strohn
Hi, I am a newbie, and this was my first Fast Friday. I have been looking at all the beautiful art in Challenge 25 and I feel privileged to be part of such a talented group.
My first piece is titled Garden I. The background was a UFO that I was inspired to modify and finish since red/green and diagonal lines could be used. I thought the red/green colors were meant to be the prominent colors, but I see by the comments and art displayed, that some interpreted this to mean they were to be the only colors.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
12.5 x 14
Size 8.5 x 11
Colors chosen are red-violet and yellow-green.
Line is for the most part vertical, with a diagonal branch.
I used hand-dyed fabric for the background, a commercial print for the moon and tree and I felted the owl. Red-violet roving on dark red-violet felt.
I added beads for his eyes and beak, again yellow-green for the beak, but the eyes are, I'm afraid, purple!
I also used yellow-green and red-violet roving near the base of the tree and on the ground.
Red-violet roving is drifting across the moon.
I used the same colors in thread for the quilting.
I tried hard to use just the two colors , thinking that was the challenge.
I sure was tempted to add some others but found by sticking to it it could
I am really looking forward to your critiques and comments in general.
A great challenge Cynthia, and I am really keen on doing this series.
Sea Glass III (9½ x 13) uses green and red as complementary colors. Green is one of the more common colors of sea glass (consider what colors beer and wine bottles commonly come in). Red is one of the least common. I’ve taken some artistic license and included some light pink. I’m guessing pink is more rare than red sea glass in the real world.
My original idea for a diagonal composition wasn’t working the way I had intended, and so I played with shapes until this spiral emerged. Does the small curve at the bottom help make this a diagonal composition? Perhaps this would qualify more as a circular composition.
The process steps were 1) do some improvisational quilting of blue fabrics – lights and mediums, 2) border the irregular piece with dark blue indigoes, 3) create a wonky horizontal background of light and medium blues, 4) chop up the background and insert orange stripes, 5) appliqué pieced portion to background, 5) quilt vertical lines with dark blue thread, 6) use vibrant orange thread for narrow and medium satin stitches to emphasize the vertical orange stripes.
My observations are that the piece is successful in terms of the composition feeling vertical. I believe that the proportion of orange used in the stripes accomplishes this. I noticed that my ‘wonky’ horizontal stripes no longer look so ‘wonky’ when sliced and appliquéd over. Also, I think the point on the appliquéd section provides something of a focal point, but am uncertain that it is strong enough. I had hoped that the improvisational piecing in the middle would draw the viewer in, but do not think it is strong enough to accomplish that.
I would like feedback on a couple of things: 1) is enough orange included? 2) should I add something in the area of the ‘peak’ to clearly establish a focal point? 3) generally, does it feel well balanced or is it really off?
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Yellow-orange and blue-violet
In the manner of Paul Klee's "signs of Yellow".
This could become part of a series based on one or a variety of painters; or a series based on grids or something else I have forgotten.
Or this might end up being a series of one. Depends a lot on the challenges to come.
I enjoy using fabrics as fabric rather than as paint. I deliberately included an obvious print; monochromatic due to the challenge. Otherwise I might have used a multicolored print.
Rather than an element for element copy of the painting, this was a playful bow to the artist's cryptic symbols. I love my art sunny side up!
I am taking watercolor classes and have decided to recreate my watercolor pieces in fabric which will be my series theme. This week the set-up was a still life with 5 pears. The picture with the white background is my unfinished watercolor still life. Using that for inspiration, I worked in the complementary colors of purple and green with a dash of yellow added! The layout is horizontal and I moved the pears a bit in the fabric piece. Quilting is done on the pears, but not on the background as I ran out of time. One of the things I'm working on in watercolor is shadows and light/dark.
Thanks for any comments.
My series will consist of "tribalesque" motifs I have been playing with this year. I also seem to be doing a lot of long skinny pieces lately; not sure why, but I suppose that could be considered a series as well.
The theme is "Solar" and the colors are Yellow-Oranges and Blue-Purples. Of course, you see no purples yet; they will be laid on with thread later.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
While traveling through Ontario and Manitoba last week, we were fascinated by the piles of stones along the highway. Turns out, we'll be seeing a lot of them, as the inuksuk will be the symbol for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Here's what Athropolis.com says about these symbols:
"Inuksuit - Signposts of the North
An "inuksuk" (pronounced "in-uk-shuk") is a monument used for communication and survival that is usually made of un-worked stones.
Inuksuit (plural) have been used by the Inuit people as guides and markers for special places in the Arctic, marking trails, caches of food, nearby people, or the migration routes of caribou.
Such a marker is of considerable importance on a landscape that could be otherwise featureless or constantly changing because of ice and snow. These "signposts" were essential for survival and Inuit tradition forbids their destruction.
An inuksuk-like monument in the form of a human being is called an inunnguaq (an imitation of a person). These seem to have been a recent development and many inunnguat (plural) are being built by non-Inuit but are incorrectly called inuksuit."
Well, my inunnguaq is visiting the American Southwest this month. He's getting acquainted with Kokopelli.
My complementary colors are red-orange and blue-green. It had to be in the southwest. I kind of think that circles above the sky are northern lights, seldom seen in New Mexico!
Critiques are always welcome - this is a pretty odd piece, actually. Measures about 13" x 19"
This piece is done on the diagonal with a complimentary palette of red-orange / blue-green. The background piece is some of my painted fabric, the base of the center piece is a left-over block and the other pieces are raw edged applique. The assymetrical border, I think, balances the piece. Strong color usually is perceived as heavier so the bottom and right hand side are the largest pieces of the red-orange.
I didn't set up lighting, etc. for photographing this but I will retake the photo after I sew down the binding and block it. Any and all comments are appreciated.