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, March 17, 2013

Art Every Day, Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Good Afternoon,

I spent part of yesterday discharging a neutral colored group of hand dyed fabrics then this morning I did some stamping, sponging and mono-printing on them.  I just had to use a few of them in today's piece.  Thought I'd add a bit o'green too since today in St. Patrick's Day.

I love this one almost as much as I disliked yesterday's piece.  The circles make me happy as does the simple neutral palate with the soft shade of yellow green.  I really like the play of all of the circles off of the layered rectangles and the moodiness of the tones of gray that are in the canvas rectangle that is sitting between the green and brown rectangles really adds some drama to the piece. The simplicity of it is a real turn on for me too.  It's not complex in it's construction, but it has plenty to look at and I find the texture of the Mexican jute in the background a perfect counterpoint to all of the shapes in the mid and foregrounds. 

The quilting is all simple, stitching on the actual line of the large, creamy colored circles and inside the circles on the brown with a swirl and inside and around the green circles.  The background is heavily quilted with straightish lines that follow the weave of the fabric.  All in all, a fun day of creating - from fabric to stitch.

Till tomorrow,
Heather

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

This piece is so interesting to look at! You used such a lovely toned yellow green to offset the neutrals.

I like to see how different the two large yellow green circles can look, just because they are quilted on different textured backgrounds.

There is a lot of visual texture to draw the eye around, from the dyed gray rectangle, to the circles on it and the brown rectangle, the slanted marks on
the small horizontal rectangle, and the quilted circles. Even the jute provides visual texture along with it's tactile texture.

This gives me the feeling of spring rain; the stormy sky, the droplet patterns in puddles, the muddy colors of earth,and then the green is the promise of new things growing.

Before really learning to look at art, I could never have imagined I could see a story in a piece of abstract art. Or that the power of color could convey such messages!