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, February 28, 2013

Art Every Day, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Good Morning,

Here is today's piece.  It has a lot more going on than yesterday's piece.  For this one, I began with a light blue green piece of dye painted batting.  It was topped with side bars of different widths in a pure hued red orange.  A piece of black was laid on top of the center then cool colored squares were added.  I pulled off several of the squares and set them aside and stitched down the remaining squares and black background with a grid in a blue green thread.  Then I added back the squares that I took away and stitched them down with a straight stitch around the perimeter. The orange bars were then stitched with a decorative feathers.  One of the things that I really like is the uneven lengths of the orange so that differing amounts of the batting shows.

I'm very pleased with the subtle difference in the depth between the stitched over squares and the squares that are simply top stitched.  I also really like the dichotomy of the very grid based center of the piece against the soft, decorative styling of the feathers in the orange.

Now, I shall go teach someone all about dyeing fabric,
Till tomorrow,
Heather

2 comments:

Christa Irell said...
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Christa Irell said...

Dichotomy. THAT'S the word I needed yesterday! I love your ability to push the limits of it, it fascinates me.

With the grid covering most of the squares, they do indeed look like they are behind the screen of grid, while the ones stitched around the perimeter look like they are sitting in front of the grid.

The feathers are able to soften and push back the orange (which is YUMMY!) so that the strong color doesn't overpower the piece.

The uneven perimeter of everything on the batting really gives it nice detail and makes it a lot of fun for the eye to follow around.

Teensy bit off topic- a recent experience with a frustrating drawing "teacher" has reminded me how lucky I was in finding you. You are a born teacher and a treasure to learn from.