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, July 19, 2013


Art Every Day, Friday, July 19, 2013

Good Evening or late night,
Here is today's new piece.  I began it a few days ago for the video shoot I was doing.  The subject was making fringe by machine.  I added the brown fringe today along with the brown Shiva paintstick in the center - which was a big mistake!
I've got a layer of pink cotton on top of brown canvas on top of brown batting I did the simple stitching of a feather in the center then added borders in guided machine quilting.  I added the gold fringe using 40 weight thread then added the brown fringe using 50 weight thread which is way to thin.  I love the gold fringe and will probably add the technique to my bag of tricks.  But I was really disappointed in the Shiva paintstik.  I didn't add any extra batting to the center area where the feather is so when I rubbed the paintstik on it sort of just looks like blobs of poo or if you want to be less gross, melted chocolate.   Live and learn!
Well I'm exhausted after a day of teaching then our 3rd Friday art talk which went on till 10:00. 
So, till tomorrow,
Heather

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

Okay, now I think I am just two behind... between my garden, frantically trying to finish the wedding quilt and these miserable migraines, I haven't been online much lately and I keep running behind. But this is still the first place I come when I get online, and here I am!

I am very intrigued about how one goes about making fringe by machine...! What beautiful texture it has added to this piece!

I love the ripple effect you achieved by repeating the wavy line outside of the gold fringe in pink, then with the brown fringe, then in pink again on the brown canvas, and lastly on the batting. The concentric look gives the piece some nice dimension and gentle movement that really complements the soft color combination.

I guess it looks a lot different in person than in the photo, and I am sure that the extra batting layer gives that depth that really picks up the Shiva sticks. But the mottled look of the brown paint over the feathery design is kind of weathered and almost looks antiqued. It makes the gold fringe and the delicate stitching around it feel like it's framing an old keepsake, something precious.

I'm very curious to see this one in person, because honestly, it doesn't look like your description. Though your description is hilarious! This actually has some nice luminosity to it in the spots that didn't pick up any paint stick, which is very pretty.