Thursday, December 26, 2013

Challenge 88: Water and Wind

Challenge Hostess: Pat Findlay
Title: Water and wind
Theme: Create an image that shows the way the flow of water and/or wind can change things, over time.
Technique:  Free motion quilting
Due date:  Jan. 4, 2014

Both water and wind can move objects, sometimes minute objects, over time.  Sometimes the effect can be as simple as a gentle rain or breeze on our faces, or moving our hair, and is often indicated by repetitive lines or waves.  Over time the effect can be huge.

The result of this type of action can create a sense of awe within in us. Think of the way wind can sculpt a sand dune, or water erode a shore line, over time. Snow drifts can be both beautiful and sometimes a little threatening.  Think of the strata exposed in rock faces eroded by flowing water. You could show the actual action happening or maybe the result of the event over time. 
Similarly, you could use the technique of repetitive lines to show the effect on a skirt,  or even the fur of an animal.

Resources:


Roxanne Lessa, desert series: http://tinyurl.com/FFFC88-1  

Archived work of Charlotte Ziebart: http://www.charlotteziebarth.com/archived-work/ 





As well as the above, the usual Google images also show some excellent examples of the repetitive lines and curves that result from the long term effect of wind and water.

Google images of :
            wind effect on snow
            water lines in sand
wind action on sand
strata in rock formations


And one final note: have fun with this!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Butterfly Mobile


When I saw the mention of butterfly mobiles I got excited and inspired.  The first butterfly took 4 days.  I used florist wire for the stiffening.  Unfortunately, it is not strong enough to do what I wanted.  I have already made wings for 7 more butterflies.  Not sure how I will handle those.  For now, I hope you can imagine the movement.  Because they are so light weight, it takes very little to set them in motion.  That is my favorite LIKE about this project.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Butterfly Dreams

25" x 21"

"Once upon a time, Chuang Chou dreamed that he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting about happily enjoying himself. He didn't know that he was Chou. Suddenly he awoke and was palpably Chou. He didn't know whether he were Chou who had dreamed of being a butterfly, or a butterfly who was dreaming that he was Chou."

The web is full of philosophical musings about this story (alternate name given as Zhuangzi) from 200-300 BC.  I decided that it had to be depicted with the contemplative philosopher meditating as an image on a butterfly wing, and originally thought of using reds and oranges, but it was the purple satin that led itself to become the sage's robe, and the purple and blue scraps to define the wings.  I made a couple of butterfly stamps and used some purple gauze as the wing surface, cutting out the other butterfly shapes and sewing the edges with coppery metallic thread.

Typical of me, I allowed an extra week for everybody to complete this challenge, and took two weeks for myself!  I welcome your comments.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Butterfly - OOOOoooops

My butterfly became a dragonfly.  And I confess, I don't have a myth or legend about it.
I really like the fabric I found for the wings.  And you have to imagine stems on the flowers on the lower right.  Maybe I'll couch some yarn or ribbon for the stems.  I may tilt him a little more to the right before stitching him down.  Not sure.  What do you think??

Karol Kusmaul

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Hauntingly Familiar





13"x18"
Hand-dyed and commercial cottons, crystals, fusible 
Raw edge fused applique technique 



I finally finished it!  Well almost - it still needs a binding . . .

Based on a photo of my friend, Mauri, at her cubist best with her friend lovingly looking up at her thinking that she looks hauntingly familiar. . .and somehow - she is!  

I had a great time working on this piece and I learned a lot - which is the reason why I joined this challenge list in the first place.  Working on smaller pieces makes it easier to try something new - which this month was to work in raw edge fused applique without tulle on top to hold the fraying down.  

Thank you for this opportunity to participate and share.  I LOVED the cubist slant on the challenge.  It definitely took me out of my comfort zone - in a good way! :-)

Warmest Regards,

Cheryl Casker

P.S. Your comments and critiques are welcome.

 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Butterfly trio

I tried a couple of things before finally settling on this little trio.  I was inspired by the article on the presence of butterflies  in the belief system of  Pre-Columbian Central Americans.  I was also taken by the description of the use of stamps to embed butterfly images in pottery.  I created a stamp using Craftfoam and matt board.  The image was taken from the breast plate shown on a statue.  First I stamped the black out line and then painted in the coloured areas.  The entire piece was free-motion echo quilted ( Boy, does my FMQ'g ever need practice!) I felt that the binding needed to be black to frame the images.  Despite a couple of paint blobs and smears, I have become quite attached to these little critters,and hope to use the motif in other work in the future.  Any comments would be welcome.

Pat F in Winnipeg
www.mousefactorydesigns.blogspot.com

Just When The Caterpillar Thought The World Was Over...

 
The quilt is my fable of the butterfly's life cycle with a moral. The leaf, leaf with eggs, the eaten leaf that feeds the caterpillar, Chrysallis and emerging butterfly. The circle represents the world and the bar code is to count blessings!
It was designed in Make the Cut software. A circle and bar code were Boolean joined. Node editing from lines into curves provides a path for caterpillar to transform into a butterfly. It was cut with my electronic cutter and free motion quilted.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

WHO are you?






When I started doing research on Monarch butterflies,  I became fascinated by the Monarch caterpillars, with their striking yellow, black and white stripes to warn predators away, and the fact  that they tasted terrible, due to their diet of milkweed. 

But, I could find no myths about the caterpillars! So I resorted to the Alice in Wonderland fable that featured an arrogant pompous caterpillar. I changed him to a Monarch caterpillar, and it was all fun from there!

I have enjoyed seeing the Monarchs by the thousands, migrating in Florida, and I love watching them on the butterfly bush by the window in my sewing room. But  now, I will also watch for the brightly colored caterpillars.



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Challenge 87: Butterflies Are Free

Challenge Hostess: Marilyn Wall
Title:  Butterflies Are Free
Theme:  Butterflies and Myth
Due date:  Nov. 30, 2013

Butterflies have inspired mankind for ages, not just for their beauty but also as spiritual beings, symbolic of metamorphosis, rebirth, love, hope, and freedom. 

I have had a love affair with butterflies that covers the last fifty years of my life. I began planting a butterfly garden and following their grown with photography.  I have art work of butterflies and often produce art work of my own with butterflies as my theme.

My challenge for this month is to read about the myths that span centuries. These myths are prevalent in almost every society in the world. Each culture has their own adaptation; in some the meanings are the same, some are totally different. This challenge can be represented in a realistic or abstract manner. Please post your myth along with the fiber piece.  Don’t forget, it doesn’t have to be two dimensional.  How about a doll or a piece of jewelry?

Mary Alice Monroe’s book Butterflies’ Daughter was the catalyst for my interest in butterfly mythology. I had heard about many of the butterfly myths but never explored their meanings. Her blog post below gives you one idea of these myths and the special meaning to her.

Return of the Monarchs, Marilyn Wall,   30” x 40”
The local people of Angangueo, Mexico have long believed that monarchs are the returning spirits of their deceased relatives, mysteriously arriving at the same time each year, coinciding with the Day of the Dead.   Aztec tradition holds that the souls of the departed will return as hummingbirds and butterflies, this link between myth and the monarchs’ annual return spans centuries.









Resources:
Myth and Mystery in Mexico’s Monarch Kingdom:

Delaware / Lenape - How the Butterfly Came to Be:

Psyche is used also as the word for “butterfly” in Greek:

On Wikipedia:

Maraleen Manos-Jones has a book entitled “ The Spirit of Butterflies: Myth, Magic, and Art”

Butterfly and Moth Symbolism List


Goddesses Fly Again: Butterfly Images in Mexican Myth and Textiles:

And one more thing – have fun with this!

Flowers in the Window

20" x 25½"

Maybe it's a bit lame to be posting this piece from the last challenge right before I put up the next challenge, but anyway, here it is!

I can't even claim that it is all that cubist, but I went rather freer in my cutting than I usually do, instead of following shapes in the fabric. I added the dark fabric behind each of the planters to give them greater definition.

The flowers, especially side ones, seemed not to stand out from the sky that well, so I used a bit of foiling around the edges.

I like it as a piece in itself, but not necessarily as really fulfilling the challenge.  Your comments are welcome.


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Sunset Swirls

I belong to a small Art Quilt group that gets together once a month. Our hostess last month provided us with oil paint sticks and textured plates to make fabric rubbings. I made this rubbing on white cloth. She challenged us to make the rubbing into an art quilt. I took mine home and colored between the swirls with colored pencils to look like a sunset, so I created my background in this way. I then traced these plants from a sketch done by Pam Holland. I used permanent fine point pen. I then quilted with black thread on the lines of the plants. I made French knots to emphasize the little berries.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sisters

I have been wanting to try a portrait quilt, so took this opportunity.  The cubist part is in the coloring and blocks of fabric.  This was fun, thanks Sylvia.

Hot One Minute And Cold The Next

 
The painted self portrait shows the profile view when I am having a hot flash and another view when I am freezing not long after.
 
 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Square Thinking

Tobi, you're a darling... This was proving soooo frustrating to post..
Any how, now I'm here.. This is Press. 4 by 6 inches (postcard size).  Fused, Oakshott fabrics, free-motion quilted on a treadle Bernina, inspired by the iron that started it off...

I've been recovering from a major tree-attacked-my-car moment, am really glad to be back.. Hello again
And thanks..

Self Portrait

This really took me out of my comfort zone but it was fun to do. I'm not sure of the cubism but I am sure of the colors.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cubed Bass

This was an interesting challenge.  Even though I’m familiar with Picasso, Braque, Cubism, and the general visual style, I had a hard time bending my mind around the concepts and how those might be implemented.  I wanted to do something “painterly,” but that was even more challenging given the nature of pre-printed fabrics.
















Some time back I had snapped this picture at a local street festival when a musician laid down his double bass for an intermission.  The image had good visual detail and creative potential, so I attempted to apply Cubist concepts in the form of distorted perspective, abstracted shapes, deconstructed imagery, and alternate colors.  Since I really enjoy play with color, that part came easily, but I struggled with the planer aspects of Cubism and being looser with the composition.  This is what I came up with.

In the end this challenge helped me appreciate Cubism as the profoundly groundbreaking moment it was and the instrumental role it played (and continues to play) in modern art.

Feedback is welcomed.

Robert Hartley

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Braque-inspired Still life

Still Life by Braque




Although I was in the middle of several other projects, I could not resist this challenge!

The opportunity to study two of my favorite artists, Braque and Picasso,  along with the chance to play with color, was right up my alley.

I looked at many still lifes by both artists, and chose the one above by Braque as my inspiration. My quilt group is also doing color studies now, so I picked the split complementary of red, and did this piece in red, yellow-greens, and blue-greens. What's not to like?

I couldn't quite make a triangular peach, or a mango with straight lines, but I did simplify my shapes. 

I really had fun with this, and it went together easily.
It is about 15" x 17", all in cottons, fused and quilted.

I would appreciate feedback on ways to improve this.

Factoid: Braque coined the word "collage", from the French word for glue. (I know this is true, because I read it on the Internet.) 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Challenge 86: Square Thinking in Odd Colors

Title:  Square Thinking in Odd Colors
Hostess: Sylvia Weir
Theme: Interpret a common object in the style of cubism
Technique: Represent an object in non-realistic colors; i.e. a banana might be purple or a person might be green or gray. Think about using the complement of the normal color if you get stuck on what color to use.
Due date: November 2

Most of us are familiar with Picasso's rendering of the human figure into  several aspects all seen at once. Georges Braque worked with Pablo Picasso with the two of them painting into the wee hours of the morning interspersed with whiskey consumption, cigar smoking, and a great deal of laughter. Comparing their pieces, I am not convinced that they did not switch easels when they returned to work thinking it a grand joke to sign their names to the other's painting which they may or may not have worked.

However, other painters explored cubism, notably some of the Latin American painters. One of Emilio Pettorutti's work is currently on display at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston in addition to other  Latino American artists working in synthetic cubism.

The challenge for today: Take a common object in your sewing room or kitchen and convert it to a cubist piece using non-realistic colors. For example, if you choose the familiar tomato pincushion, it needs to have sharp angular edges, seen from on top and on bottom and a different color -- perhaps blue or purple. If you want a real challenge you could do your self portrait or that of your dog or cat. Think of pleasing colors that are not realistic. This is an impression of the piece,  of what you know about the object and what you see and what you see over time as you circle about the object. In some ways this is suggestive of drafting a machine part in 3-D.

Resources:
A  brief history of Cubism in Wickipedia; interestingly enough it contains references to architecture -- Le Corbusier, literature, Faulkner; and sculpture.

A collection at MOMA in New York of Braque's work: http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=744

 I was fortunate to see Duchamp's Nude descending the Staircase in person at the Philadelphia Art Museum. This was a significant piece as it represented the beginning of modern art versus classical art. http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/51449.html

Cubism: Picasso, Braques and others

Emilio Pettoruti Paintings

Take a look at how the portraits were simplified into squares and rectangles and triangles using the face as a basis and the multiple aspects of the object seen and remembered.  Note the odd colors.

Of course any good design text book will also have information. This is just one of several hundred websites I found. Libraries also have a lot of resources.

I am not aware of any fiber artists with this sort of work so this should be interesting.


And one more thing: have fun with this! :)  Don't think too hard about it -- just have FUN!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

La Danse

First, here's the photo that inspired me. I'm not sure it's the best example of negative space, but I was inspired. The source is: http://narrativetangotoursblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/foto-rutas-top-5-tips-for-taking-great-tango-photography/#comment-12 or http://tinyurl.com/mjj6d27 . I left a request for permission, but didn't hear anything either way . . . thanks to them for not quashing my creativity. I found too late that I needed to lighten up the picture very much to get the detail I wanted. But I'm still happy with the result.
And here's my interpretation of the photo. I think I will change his foot, again; then I have to decide how to quilt it. There won't be a border, and her skirt will go off the edge. And looking at the picture, I expect I'll cut the other three sides close. It's hand appliqued, though not super-fine. The hat is wool with ink, sleeves are black Radiance, his leg is discharged (unsuccessfully) cotton sateen, her arms are hand-dyed and inked, and her skirt is velvet/een. Oh, her hair is a cotton quilt fabric that I was thrilled to find in my stash. Size is presently 24" x 25".
Thanks for looking, and comments are most welcome! - Lisa of DippyDyes

Monday, October 07, 2013

Whirling Star and Tree

20" diameter

Many years ago, I created the mandala shown here, with three whirls in black on a white background, and a solid five pointed star which wasn't really there, but implied in the missing parts of the three whirls.  So for this challenge, I decided instead to have a background picture, with a similar whirl pattern.

Making it was harder than I expected.  I first laid out the tree, a rather simple one, on a piece of white fabric, then taped together enough paper to make the whirl pattern, cut it out and laid it on top, and it was too big!  I ended up cutting three spirals, and laid a star on top, then cut out the star, and decided to make it with lines instead of solid.  I pinned the paper on my tree and carefully cut the fabric. Once I satin-stitched the pieces down, I felt I had lost too much of the tree, and added lines of stitching across the white.  The star is edge-stitched with gold metallic thread, in part because it didn't seem to come out as well as I expected.

And then, with all that done, I saw that the left arm of the star is over-sized!  It is not completely finished, still needs to be tacked down on the foam core circle, so the circle will be better defined when that is done.  I'd call this a partial success.  Karol, thanks for an interesting challenge.  I welcome any comments.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

My Own Brain

This is my first challenge in about a year.  I decided I had to get back into it.  I've missed doing the challenges.

When I read about negative space I felt like I would have to make my own brain.
I guess I was meant to do it because a friend posted a picture on Flickr of a tree and it's reflection with the limbs  of the tree itself and the reflection coming together in a point making perfect arrow heads.  He gave me permission to use it as my inspiration.

I machine embroidered the tree and satin stitched the branches.

I made it into  a notebook cover.

Betty

Friday, October 04, 2013

Still Life with Apples

Still Life with Apples 14" x 24"

This piece came to life in a round about way.  Though I try to draw something in my sketchbook every day (try is the operative word here) I had forgotten about the negative space exercises we did in drawing class so the challenge really peaked my interest.  First I tried the chair exercise we did in class a couple of times and though I was getting better at defining the negative space I decided I really didn't want to do a chair.  Next up were some paper-whites that were in a little vase.  I liked the drawing:

so I created a background to be the negative space but none of the fabrics I auditioned for the paper-white shape looked right.
 
Later in the week when I was out for a walk I noticed how many apples there are this year even on the old roadside trees.  The red of the apples is so nice with the green leave but then of course many of the apples are red and green in various combinations.  Bingo!  I would do apples and let the background work as the green contrast with the  apples.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

First Freeze

I am back again after the summer hiatus.  We spend those months with our children and grandchildren, so all my time is taken up with making memories to last me through the winter.  That being said, this challenge called to me and I developed several ideas, finally settling on this piece of fiber art.
The base fabric was made with one of my new favorite tools, the Gelli Plate.  I used several different techniques to build up the surface texture including brush strokes, stamps, and tree stencils.  I was very taken with the ghosting which occurred on the right side of the piece.  I also really like the ethereal feel of this piece.  Can you see the bird up in the bare limbs of the tree?  I decided to finish this differently than I usually do by mounting it on a black canvas and adding some old jewelry findings, metallic skeleton leaves, and some decorative trim.  I am really happy with the end results and I am sure that I will be playing with these techniques again.
Thanks for a fun and interesting challenge!




Monday, September 30, 2013

Arizona Sunset

I took a photo last year in Arizona at sunset of the adobe house next to our condo. The little bird sitting on the top was what attracted my attention. The trees lined along the horizon line let the sunset show through their limbs.

It was interesting cutting out the trees for this as I concentrated on just cutting out the negative space. After I finished I wondered if this was really a good representation of negative space or a silhouette. What do you think?

I Love Detroit


 

 

Using negative space, the key emphasizes the Detroit skyline, including the Renaissance Center, the Penobscot building and the Ambassador Bridge among others.

It was designed in Make the Cut software cut out with my electronic cutter.

I would love suggestions on how to quilt it.
I designed it with two versions. One has a circle for the keyhole and one with a heart...which one do u think would work better?

Feedback would be very much appreciated.
Thanks
 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lady in Heels

We have been on the road a lot recently, and I spotted a lady in heels, filling her tank.  Snapped a quick reference photo, and tackled this using negative shapes.  This was quite a challenge, but I like how she is turning out.  No telling when it will all get appliqued and quilted, so I am posting another pinned piece.  I hope everyone sticks with this challenge, even if it gets difficult.  I am excited to see what we all come up with!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Challenge 85 September 2013

Karol Kusmaul, hostess
Theme: Negative Space
Due Date: October 5, 2013

When I was in college, our drawing instructor stacked up an odd assortment of stools, old chairs, manikins, and wadded up newsprint.  We had several assignments using this mountain of stuff as our subject matter.  One day, our assignment was to draw the air around the objects, NOT the objects themselves.  In other words, we were to focus on the shape of the spaces between the objects. 

This is a technique recommended by Betty Edwards in her well known Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain books.  Betty tells about Bugs Bunny running through a door and leaving a rabbit shaped hole in the door.  If you were to draw the shape of the door (or the negative space), you will have drawn the shape of the rabbit. It is amazing how well this technique can improve the way you see and draw.

Try it with fabrics!  You can use real objects or photographs you have taken.  You can use any subject matter that has interesting shapes or openings.  

Here is one of my son sitting at a counter.  It is on my list of projects to finish one day!!!
  


















Having taught this technique in my high school art classes, I was always impressed with the resulting drawings.  Give it a shot!!!  You might try a quick fabric study of a chair that has interesting open spaces.  Don’t cut out a chair shape, instead, cut out the shapes of the air around the chair.
  
Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, and not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space is occasionally used to artistic effect as the "real" subject of an image. The use of negative space is a key element of artistic composition.

Here are some examples:







  
This is an image of a drummer.  As in the one with my son on a stool, I started with some  wild fabrics as a background, then added shapes for the negative spaces.  The wild fabrics became my positive shapes.  You may want to simplify and use solids or more tame fabrics.



  





 
Here are two paintings by Hessam Abrishami where negative space is emphasized.  It really is as important as the positive figures!!














Here is the same idea in a small watercolor study.  If you paint the negative shapes, then the positive ones appear.








Finally, a student piece that plays with positive and negative shapes, as well as implied shapes, where your eye completes the tank top on the right, even if it is not delineated. 

And one last word: have fun with this!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Boysenberry Fog

Challenge #84 finally!

I put this together tonight.  It is made of a variety of materials in circular and oblong shapes.  Comments welcome!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Six Sonner Suns


I have (finally) finished my circle-themed quilt. Six Sonner Suns is about our recent trip to Germany to visit my husband's aunt and uncle. We are all Sonners (4 by birth, 2 by marriage). We traveled around the green countryside and enjoyed lots of sunshine with blue skies and some clouds. We even found a strawberry farm run by Sonners. It was fun recreating the colors of the trip and adding happy family photos. This quilt is part of my family history series, which is evolving into family travel.

Friday, September 20, 2013

A Jungle of Tomatoes

25" x 17½"

Last year I came up with A Neighborhood of Zucchini so this year it's back to the garden with a Jungle of Tomatoes, and I couldn't even keep it contained within the original space I had started with!  And that's also what made me take more time in completing it, I'm afraid.  The leaves aren't quite right for tomatoes, but the jungle aspect certainly comes through!  What doesn't show as much are the bits of highlight I put on the tomatoes.

Later is better than never!  Your comments are always welcome.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Road Racer


This is a portrait of a ten year old girl as she was about to begin her first motorcycle road race of the day. She was dressed in all pink from her helmet to shirt, pants, boots, and gloves. She was as determined as the predominantly male contestants. While not exactly just circles, there are a lot of circles in this piece. It is destined for the SAQA trunk show in 2014.

I've written a bit more about it on my blog--sylviaweirart.wordpress.com

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Forest

Forgive the pins, as this is as far as I've gotten on this piece.  I was rebelling against what I call 'lollipop' flowers, so I made marshmallow ones instead!  Had fun with lots of recycled fabric prints, and playing with light against dark in this one.  Critique is welcomed. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sowing Circles

While flying over Colorado I saw the irrigation circles and immediately knew I needed to make it into a quilt.  This one measures 22"x24".  It is machine appliqued and quilted - no fancy techniques.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Galactic Billiards

The first thing I did was make stratas in two colorways using 1 1/4" strips of hand dyed and batiks.  I then used my Olfa circle rotary and cut circles in different sizes.  I appliqued these onto a backing of velvet encrusted with glitter using satin stitch.    Next, I layered a deep purple-glitter tulle over all, stitched around the circles, then quilted the background in circles.

I actually had no idea where I was going with this when I started...just chose the colors and went for it.  My husband thinks it looks like billiards...thus "Galactic Billiards".
I have always loved working with circles, and have made many quilts based on circle themes.  I really had fun with this one!

It measures 18"x24"
Comments and critiques welcome and appreciated...Cherie

Running in Circles

Running in Circles or Spinning my Wheels is what I feel like I've been doing all summer trying to keep up with the yard work and weeds.

I tried a new technique (to me) by taping a thumbtack onto my sewing machine next to the needle.  Then when I put the quilt sandwich down the tack holds it in place, causing the stitches to form a perfect circle.  By moving the tack closer to the needle, or further away, the size of the circle changes.

Size is 12 inches square on a hand-dyed background.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Challenge #84: What Goes Around Comes Around

Host: Tobi Hoffman

Due: August 31, 2013

Theme:  Exploring the Circle

Design Element: Circles and arcs.  The circles can be part of the fabric patterns, actual full circles, and/or the quilting pattern.  Let them overlap as much as you want, or make concentric circles or offset concentric circles.  You can distort them or use ovals, particularly where perspective might show circles from the side.

Style: Aim for a pictorial or symbolic quilt rather than just a repetitive pattern containing circles as in traditional quilts.  Mandala patterns are acceptable, but try to get away from the traditional. 

References:
The Circle, The Wheel of Fortune & The Rose Window

Circle Symbolism

Circle Symbols - What Do They Mean?

Mandala Symbolism:

 


And maybe not directly relevant, but fascinating (meaning, I couldn’t resist):
Mysterious Underwater ‘Crop Circles’ Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

Examples in art:
The Giving Circle, by Lorraine Landroche
http://tinyurl.com/FFFC84-6

Lucina Lighting the Way, by Mary Veneecke

My Dresden, by Anita Peluso

Art Made Entirely of Circles by Ben Heine

Megan Aroon Duncanson


And above all, have FUN with this!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bridges

Book cover for Bridges of Madison County.  I tweaked it a bit from the photo posted in Yahoo Groups.  I know my focal point is too centered.  Tried to offset that by adding the bright flowers on the left. Maybe cropping away some of the left side would also help. 
I have not participated for a long time.  Tobi gave me a push, so I'm back.  I DO love challenges, but you know how life gets in the way. 

Karol Kusmaul
Inverness, fL