Friday, August 31, 2012

All About Polka Dots

I posted this week about, "Story Board or Design Wall," which do you use?  I am creating a quilt for another local show.  The subject for the entries is, " Fashion's Influence on Contempory Life."  I instantly knew that my quilt would be, "All About Polka Dots."  I am now building my storyboard.  In the center will be a woman wearing  a yellow polka dot blouse ( I have that blouse ) and she will be serving tea from her black and white polka dot teapot ( I have that teapot),  In the background will be "fashionable women," and in the foreground a small girl and her dog.  The attached picture is where I am so far, as the, "story," unfolds!  Stay tuned in, as they say!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Design Wall or Story Board ????

There is always talk about using a design wall, or layout board or is it a story board?  I tend to see my quilts as pictures or, "scenes."  That is how they form for me in my mind's eye.  I can see the scene.
I think sharing our design walls in, "Off the Wall Fridays," will help us all to see the design process of other fiber artists.
Today, I painted some Setacolor paints ( very watered down ) onto my next story board.  It will be the background for my next large quilt, which I plan to enter locally in an art show.
I can already see the characters in the scene.  Do you all think this way as you create?  I wonder?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Channeling Monet; Quilted and Framed

Interpreting The Beach at Trouville complete.  Painted with acrylic paints, fabric medium, cotton cloth, poly and cotton threads and mounted on wooden stretcher frame.  Ready to show.  What do you think?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Adding Thread

Channeling Monet is on my long arm and almost finished.  I should be done well ahead of my deadline.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Channeling Monet

The painting is finished.  Now off to the long arm to add thread.  My spacing could have been improved upon and the figure on the left, Camille, should be slightly reclining.  I also have shown too much of the chair.  I approached this challenge by looking at a copy of Monet's painting which I printed ( 8x10 paper) and I just started painting, no sketching first.  If I wanted to expand this study, I would do at least one more version, but I don't want to spend more time and paint on this.
I am hoping when I quilt it, it will turn out to be a one of a kind submission for this art call.
What do you think?  I wonder how many artists really like to interpret the Masters?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Easel Set Up

The easel is set up and I am working on piece of cotton cloth that almost feels like a heavy muslin.  There is a call for art at the VAC in Punta Gorda with a focus on the works of Monet.  This is not what I prefer to do, but I decided to enter to get my work out there.  The challenge is to interpret a Monet painting.  I have no idea how well my interpretation will turn out, but the paints are out and the first strokes are on the cloth.  Lets see where this challenge goes!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ft Myers Art Community

There is a great art community in this area of South Florida.  Now that I am getting settled in the area, I have begun to look at opportunities to exhibit my work.  While living in New Hampshire, I was predominently showing my work at quilt shows.  I have decided to shift my focus in this area and embrace the many possibilities that this region provides for mixed media art.  I am a painter of art quilts.  I use my combined love of photography, painting and thread painting to create most of my work. 
My first fiber art was exhibited at the VAC Gallery in Punta Gorda, as part of the Art Quilters Unlimited exhibit in April.  I now have, "On the Track," at the Ft Myers Art League for the month of August and "Go Team USA," at the black and white exhibit at The Alliance for the Arts in FT Myers, until Sept 1st.
I look forward to being an active part of the South Florida Art Community.