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!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Art Every Day, Well Almost Every Day, July 22, 2013

Here is yesterday's new piece.   I made most of it yesterday then got sidetracked by all the things I had to do and wanted to do on my one day off of the week.  
I had the flower portion done all the way to the brown edge yesterday and today I added it to the red background and quilted the background.  
It is from top most layer down; silk noil dyed red with brown over painting, Lutradur painted brown/black, heavy canvas dyed brown, gold striped seersucker dyed red, brown/black dye painted batting.
The flower was stitched on top with tiny stippling all around it then I cut away the top most layer to reveal the brown Lutradur which I then heated with the heat gun.  I heated the edges that were sticking out around the red square too.  Then I stitched the background with a larger stipple except for the long strips bordered by gold thread which I left alone.
I like the piece, mostly because of the color way.  The flower is a bit clunky for my taste, but all in all it is a highly textural, visually interesting piece.
I'll be back with you in just a moment. 
Till then,
Heather


1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

What I enjoy most about this piece is all of the contrasts.

First, the color: the bright red vs.the dull brown.
Second: the rough burned away areas vs.the delicate gold streaks.
Third: the lacy frayed edges vs.the raw, uneven edges of the Lutradur.

I like how the mottled brown in the batting is repeated in the top layer of the red. It gives the piece nice continuity, a sense of soft movement, and some depth.

It's nicely balanced and the brown gives the eyes a place to rest.