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, May 27, 2013

Art Every Day, Monday, May 27, 2013

Good Afternoon,

Here is today's new piece.  I had painted the flower many months ago for a web clip that I was shooting and the swirly fabric on the left I painted yesterday.   The turquoise fabric is one of my hand dyes.  
I really like the effect of leaving some of the white fabric all the way around the flower it really helps to isolate it against the backgrounds.  I thread sketched it rather heavily using two different colored thread in the petals and another one in the center.  Even though it is heavily quilted, it''s warm color and the white surround keeps it floating in the foreground. The basket weave quilting in the blue green is just yummy if I say so myself and even though it's color is light and bright, it's cool temperature keeps it back in the negative space.  The painted fabric with it's white background was topped with a fine brush of black and gentle swirls in a multitude of colors.  It is sitting in the mid ground.  I quilted it in gray and stitched around each of the swirls and stippled in the spaces in between. 
Though there are only three distinct areas of interest, it really is a statement piece, with just enough going on to keep you interested but not so much that it overwhelms.

I quite like it.
Till tomorrow,
Heather

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

This is a really good piece to show the rule of thirds at work, with the swirly fabric taking up 1/3 of the side and the flower placed in the top cross-section of one of the imaginary grid marks. Very pleasing to the eye.

The basket weave quilting is lovely and the color is so pretty offset with the orange flower. I love how the flower brings out all of the bluish swirls on the left too. Or maybe the turquoise is bringing out the blueish swirls? Now I am not sure!

Leaving the bit of white surrounding the flower is very distinctive and sets it apart from its background, which I love. I think it's especially important in the swirly background where the flower might have gotten a little more lost in the activity.

Each of the three pieces hold their own but work so well together. The thin black border of the batting really pops everything forward.

I am kind of surprised that the piece feels so peaceful overall because when I look at each element, there is a lot going on and I feel a lot of energy!