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!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Art Every Day, Monday, March 4, 2013

Good Morning,

Here is today's new piece.  It couldn't be more different from yesterday's work! 

I had started a much larger piece using some of these components but it just wasn't working for me, so, I pulled them off of the larger background and reworked them into this much smaller piece. It's verging on being over crowded, but I kind of like all the centralized activity.  Because the colors in the focal points are so similar to the colors in the background, it sort of mellows the focal points a bit and homogenizes them into the negative space. Everything is quilted very simply with top stitching in the focal points and not to small stippling in the background so as not to compete with the foreground.  I really enjoy looking at this colorway.  It is at once gentle and energetic.

I leave tomorrow for a week long trip to Baton Rouge to teach at the Gulf States Quilting Seminar so, after lots of self talk/discussion, I realized that it would be impossible for me to make art each day as I drive and teach in a different city.  However, I want/must have a piece for every day this year, not just for this blog but because I want to use them for an art installation and a book.  So, to that end, I have pre-made the pieces for the next 7 days.  I will continue to call them art every day, but I will add a note with the date they were actually done.  I hope this decision doesn't disappoint any one too badly.

Till tomorrow,

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

Disappointed? No way! The word that first comes to mind is IMPRESSED. I have so much respect for your dedication to this goal and the fact that you made time to uphold that goal when you know you will be short on time speaks volumes :)

The blue background almost looks like water with sun shining on it- it's so inviting and calm. But like water, even when it's calm, we know it's powerful too. Like this.

The blue does a great job of not only holding up the yellow, but toning it down a little so that we see everything, not just the yellow.

This has beautiful texture with the frayed edges, dyed cheesecloth, mottled fabrics, and different stitching.