Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Art Every Day, January 13, 2013,

Good Morning,
As I laid in bed this morning (can't really sleep in, but I can laze about) all I could think about was all the stuff I am behind on; dyeing, packaging, house work, bills.  Seems I have always been behind. After a few moments of self pity, I turned my attention to my day and decided that all of those things could wait and I would get up, do my daily art piece then finish a new sample that is two weeks late and then - begin a new piece that is begging for my attention. 
Today's piece is a response to my wanting to play.  I stuck with the warm/cool color way because all of those fabrics were on my cutting table but instead of messing about with lots of different shapes I decided to do what I love most and concentrate on the quilting, specifically my "dream tree".  I've been doodling this dormant Oak tree since I was about ten and it is the first shape I ever mastered in free motion quilting.  Here I present it as a simple landscape with a moody, cool sky and deep warm ground.  The early evening moon adds a nice nuance to the sky. I finished it in about 40 minutes.  If my inks weren't at the studio, I would have time to color in the tree.
Hope you have a great day,

P.S. Thanks to both Steph and Christa for your comments, interest and feedback.  I so appreciate them!


Steph said...

Ha! You'll laugh when you see what I've been working on this last week (when I get to a different computer and figure out how to upload a picture).

LOVE the tree, moon, quilting behind the moon, juxtaposition of the warm and cool colors... well, I guess I just love it all! Gave me an idea I plan to try with my quilt - adding some horizontal quilting in the sky.

Thanks for sharing your work.

Christa Irell said...

"You have what you need, right now." That's what you said in design class recently, and you are proving it with this art every day :)

I remember the warm/cool color assignment giving me some trouble; here you are showing it in so many ways, all of them so different and so stunning!

I love how the horizontal quilting through the moon mirrors the ground, and your tree looks perfect the way it is. It has a ghostly, sort of unreal quality that suits the sky and ground. Yet it looks formidable at the same time. Strength and dreaminess all at once.

I think the batting adds a lot to the dream-like quality as well. You are making me want to explore the warm/cool in my series, I need to think about this!