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!

Friday, May 31, 2013


Art Every Day, Friday, May 31, 2013

Good Evening,

Here is today's new piece.  I call her "The Tale of the Lazy Eyed Woman".  
 But seriously, I took a class today at Wild Heather, taught by Robin Sruoginis all about painting faces on fabric.  I have never claimed to be any good at drawing and realism is something I've never been very interested in achieving. But, I enjoyed this process quite a bit.  It is always fun to try something that is new to you and this portrait drawing was very new to me.  
 I figured that it made total sense to include one of my drawn images to my daily piece today and I didn't have much time, so I layered her on top of some red hand dye and added the bits of warm colored fabrics in front of her.  The quilting in the rouched up fabrics is a large stipple and the quilting in the background is long vertical wavy lines.  The only quilting I did in her face is along the sides of the nose, the lips and her eyebrows.  My favorite thing about this piece is her hair.  I stitched it with a "herky jerky" free motion zig-zag which was perfect.  She may be a little crooked around the eyes but I still like her and loved the experience of bringing her into being.

Till tomorrow,
Heather

P.S.
Hey Christa, it was fun playing with you today at the studio!

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

It was a lot of fun playing with you at the studio too! I just LOVE your new space there, it feels so great.

I love how you framed your portrait. The red behind and around her really pops out her lips and the bit of pink in her cheeks and brings out a rosy tone in her skin.

Having different rouched up fabrics and then stipple-quilting them sort of mirrors her beautifully wild hair and adds some balance.

In true attention to design detail, I see you have repeated her eye color down in the corner, as one of the lovely bits of fabrics.

The background quilting in the white is really just a toned down version of her hair and so perfectly sets her forward .

Her hair IS fantastic, and looks so dimensional with the quilting on top and the shadow of your drawing underneath.

I love this drawing of yours, she has such a soft but strong look about her, and the way she is presented here just makes it more so. Great job!