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!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

art every day

Art Every Day,  July 6, 2013

Good Afternoon,
Here is today's new piece.  I was trying to kill two birds with one stone.  I'm shooting some more videos in a couple of weeks and need to make a bunch of samples for the techniques that I'm featuring.  One of the techniques is what I call scribble stitching which is just purposely messy free motion stitching.  But, as you can see, I ain't too good at it! I thought that I was stitching rather messily as I tried to yield a sketched look but it looks a bit too tidy for the technique.  So, I'll have to try again.
I do however like the piece especially how the sun is shining down on the lighter, pinker section of the fabric and there is shadow along the left hand side.  I did it all free form, no marking or anything and I used three different colors of thread; fuchsia, bright yellow and light orange.   I've never stitched a house before this one. I really like the little scene and the shape of the house.  It all just sort of came out as I stitched which was pretty cool.  I did the whole thing in exactly 17 minutes.
However, it did not fulfill the important assignment of a sample for scribble stitching so I'll have to do that again.  I'll try tomorrow,
Till then,


Carol said...

Hi Heather!
I love your book about color and I am so glad my daughter Melanie and I got to meet you on our brief trip to Denver last month. You have inspired me in so many ways!!
Thank you for telling me about your blog. Love, love your pieces!
Best wishes to you!
Carol from Charlotte NC

Christa Irell said...

The "light" and "shadow" areas are very cool in this piece indeed :)

Thank you for always being willing to admit when you think you aren't good at something- even if we don't agree. I think it helps the rest of us loosen our own self-imposed critical tethers to know that it's okay to not be great at everything, especially at first.

This is a wonderful first go at drawing a house in thread, even if you didn't accomplish what you set out to.

The different thread colors add nice dimension and texture to the piece, along with the variations on the background fabric. It's quite amazing what a little color variation can do to our perception!

It's also amazing to be reminded of the power of line. Simply by utilizing some different directions, and different levels of fill, you have been able to portray an entire scene- not even in colors we would normally associate with them. All with line.

This is warm and fun and a great lesson in the power of simplicity.