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!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Art Every Day, Thursday January 24, 2013

Good Afternoon,

I made this colorful baby this morning but was late for a coffee date and didn't get this entry done.  Well, coffee turned into lunch and yada, yada, yada...... So here it is afternoon, but better late than never!
I'm really enjoying this piece, both the making of it and looking at it.  It began with lots of smallish pieces of colorful hand dyes adhered down on a surface of black batting.  I topped that with white fabric in four segments - because I didn't have one piece of white that was large enough.  For a moment there, I thought I wouldn't be able to make this piece until I brought home some more white fabric from the studio (which I've been trying to remember to do for more than a week now). But then I reminded myself that I HAVE EVERY THING THAT I NEED IN MY STUDIO TO MAKE ANYTHING I WANT TO MAKE RIGHT NOW! So, I just ripped the long narrow pieces of white that I had and overlapped them slightly so that the covered all of the bright colored bits.
After all the white was pinned in place I stitched a bunch of rectangles in both horizontal and vertical orientations, leaving just a few small areas with no stitching.  Then, I cut away the white fabric from inside the long rectangles to reveal the multicolored ground underneath it.  I love the piece.  I love that I can faintly see the colors beneath the white fabric, the raw edges of all of the fabrics, the energetic play of both the vertical and horizontal lines and mostly, the bold vivacity of the piece as a whole.  What Fun!
Now I need to get this damned inventory finished!
Till tomorrow,


Christa Irell said...

This IS a fun piece! I love the bands of colors peeking through the white foreground and the black surrounding it like a small frame. It is lso a great lesson in layering :)

So often I think what is on top has to stay on top... it clearly doesn't. lol

I wonder if you have any idea how many possibilities you are presenting to all of us with this series you are doing? I am keeping notes of ideas- and thank you!

Just so you know, the quote you used about having everything we need right now- Meg and I keep saying it to each other when we procrastinate! What a truly great, and freeing thought.

Cathy Rathbun said...

Could you maybe bring this piece on Saturday for the color class? It is really intriguing and I'd love to see it up close.

Cathy Rathbun said...

Could you maybe bring this piece on Saturday for the color class? It is really intriguing and I'd love to see it up close.