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!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Art Every Day, Saturday, April 20, 2013,

Good Morning,

Here is today's new piece.  I seem to be drawn to circles at the moment, I think it is because of the sense of fullness, completeness and inclusion that they represent.  I'm so excited about this new direction I'm moving my business in and all of the fabulous women that are jumping in to be a part of it.  Yesterday at the new studio I had a couple of private students, two friends were working on getting together the hanging system, another friend dropped in with her husband who is putting in new electric and plumbing for our dye studio and the whole space was alive with all of their positive energy.  It was amazing.

Well, on to the piece.  I love, love, love what the quilting can do to color and to a piece.  This began with a piece of very iridescent pineapple silk dyed in a deep orange.  I quilted the center portion of it in very close vertical lines and the outside edges in very close horizontal lines all in the hope of pushing it way back.  Then the arc, which was left over from cutting a circle many months back, was simply top stitched along the edges so that it would stay on top of the orange background.  The sheer, red violet strip along the top was just edge stitched too and the circle was stitched down with the large swirl.  Even though the circle is stitched heavier than the arc, it remains the forward most because it is so light in comparison to everything else.

Well off to play with my private students again, get a little painting done in the studio and watch my helping friends work their magic in the new space.  I can't wait to see what Miss I.V. is cooking up with the decor in the bathroom!

Till tomorrow,
Heather

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

These fabrics each have a lot of interest and variations on their own and bring so much to this piece as a whole.

I don't even know what pineapple silk is, but the lighter vertical lines in it could be another fabric- the way they shimmer and are just slightly different, they look like another layer!

The bluish areas in the arc really pop and give it wonderful depth, and the offset way the shape frames the yellow circle is soothing.

The sheer strip is only just faintly visible behind the texturized yellow, but enough to help hold it right on top where it belongs.

The pink batting looks positively luminescent with this palette and the simple wavy line around it nicely keeps the eye moving through the lovely flow of this piece.