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, July 1, 2013

Art Every Day, Monday, July 1, 2013


Art Every Day, Monday, July 1, 2013,

Good Afternoon,
It's been one hell of a week since I last entered a new piece.  I apologize, but, my computer was murdered on my plane ride out to Columbus.  I wasn't paying attention and when I was forced to give my carry on up on the small "puddle jumper" plane that I was taking on the second part of my flight, I forgot that my laptop was in there and though I'm not sure exactly what torture they put my poor bag through, my computer is dust!  So, I had no access the five days that I was gone.  But, I'll try to make up for it this week.
This piece is made from a couple of the weird fabrics that I made a couple of weeks ago while painting with thickened dyes.  I laid the larger piece down, whole on a red violet piece of dye painted batting.  Then I ripped a portion from the second piece that highlighted the large swirl.  I laid it on top of some ripped red violet cotton then laid them both on top of a cotton dyed blue/blue green.  After setting that large stack down at a weird angle, I added the narrow, stacked strips of red violet canvas and deep blue green cotton. 
The background is heavily quilted with a stipple around the circle motifs which really pushes the circles forward.  The big swirl in the center rectangle is stitched around then the background is stitched closely with long lines.  The pink rectangle behind it is top stitched along its long sides and stitched with angled straight lines on the top and bottom and the blue green beneath it is stitched with some circles on both ends.
What I like most about this piece is the strange color combo, the depth and texture, but mostly how it looks like if you were to push down on the short, narrow pink/blue strip on the upper right that it would set the rectangle with the swirl on it in motion.  Kinda cool!
Till tomorrow,
Heather

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

Jeez, sorry to hear about your laptop! I bet that didn't start your trip off so well :( Hopefully everything else went according to plan and you had some fun.

This is really interesting. Having used mostly tones, your blue green piece being the truest or possibly most untouched of the bunch, pops the focal piece right up there! Also with its variations in color, it makes that whole element float on the surface.

The quilting is great on this, I just love how the bubbles come forward and how you echoed them in the edges of the blue. I love how the quilting in the ends of the red violet are echoing the lines in the yellow green middle of the focal point.

There is a lot to suggest the spinning motion is just about to happen- the direction of the narrow strips under the focal point, the swirl, and especially the blurred lines both to the bottom right and to the top left of the focal point. Very cool indeed!