Art Every Day, Monday, February 18th, 2013
One of the things that I try to teach my color & design students is how to really see what is in front of them. Whether it is a tree or a piece of art that they are looking at, chances are they aren't really seeing all of it's nuances. It excites me when I see the evidence of "learning to see" in one of my students and that is what I get from all of the fabulous comments from Miss Christa. Thank you girlie for your excited and active learning. Witnessing it helps to make all that I do worthwhile.
Now, here is today's new piece. I spent some more time yesterday refining the organization in my studio and getting it down to the basics. While doing so, I found a bunch of hand painted fabrics that I had done several years ago when I fancied myself a fabric designer. I figured now was a great time to use them.
This piece is quite simple and elegant. The central leaf motif is quilted in the veins of the leaf and background stripes and the black frame that the leaf sits on is quilted with a curvy inner line. It is the quilting in the negative space that was important to me. The stamped leaves have such a great, scattering sense of movement and I wanted to keep that feel without relying on my old standard of outlining them and stitching a tiny stipple in between. And in walked the curvy crosshatch, all plain and simple as it is. It's gentle undulations gave the leaves all the movement they needed and let the negative space support the positive space beautifully.
I love it when I wake up in the morning and I'm an artist.