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, April 18, 2013

Art Every Day, April 18, 2013

Good Morning,
I am so excited to getting back to making art every day.  The week I took off while traveling and moving did not feel very good!
I've also re-committed myself to get the work done first thing in the morning - it really makes a difference in how I feel all day long.
Here is today's new piece.  It began with a background of yellow green linen which I quilted heavily with an all over pattern of triangles.  Next, I ripped a bunch of 1" wide strips from three different blue greens (I really like the yellow green/blue green color combo!).  I made the swirls by twisting a strip of fabric and rolling up the first inch or so into a tight swirl then stitching it in place then I continued twisting the fabric strip and winding it around the original small swirl, stitching it in place as I went. I love, love, love how textural the swirls end up and how great the ends look spread out.  I finished the piece off with a border of twisted fabrics.  The piece has such wonderful physical and visual depth and though it's quite simple and straight forward it is enjoyable to look at.
Now I'm off to finish painting my new studio/gallery,
Till tomorrow,
Heather 

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

This packs a lot of punch for something with so few elements on it!

Each element brings so much to the table and therefore not much is needed.

First, the colored background, the spirals, and the border piece, all have wonderful variations in their color, giving depth and interest right off the bat.

Then there is the lovely texture: the triangle quilting in the background, all points and edges; the twisted fabric around the border, with it's uneven edges, and the swirls with visual and tactile texture. Their color striations and their physical presence both pump up their volume.

Lastly there is the balance and placement which makes the piece flow so well. The darkest corner is in the bottom left so it naturally carries our eye up and across, taking in every beautiful detail.

The slight black border of the black batting is just enough to pop it all out perfectly.

This is joy encapsulated!