Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
There is no object in this work. There never was. There is no image within it. It demonstrates the play of light and the manifestation of movement. Light is material in space and reflects nature. This space is made for Indigenous Art. The space allows you to comprehend its size, the depth of it, without being overwhelmed. When you are ready, its own space draws you in. Colour? Colour is manufactured perceptually!
And doesn't Sandhills look like a thread drawing?
Friday, July 18, 2008
This is a somewhat altered and cropped out detail of what I am doing for the next challenge. I am off on Sunday for a week at the Coupeville Arts Center on Whidby Island, WA. I will have 5 days to finish it. I think I can manage that. I am taking a Japanese technique class — color rice paste on silk.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Yay! I'm done!
Here are some scraps from my Illumination piece. You can see that I stuck to my usual subdued palette.
And I'm really happy with my result, which is a good feeling.
I have this other idea that has been haunting me, so I may even try to work a bit with that... But I'm happy that an image I had in my head translated well to fabric. That's not always how it works for me...
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Just a whole lot of nothing.
I know I'm not the only one who has struggled with this challenge, but Oh My Goodness. There is only the tiniest glimmering of an idea there. I have long loved the way Impressionism records light and I kind of fancy doing something that references those paintings. But it's not coming...
It's like being a week overdue with a baby.
I am so pleased with my progress. I had a really rough start... like many of us. I did some mono-printing with less than stellar results, but I salvaged some potential. I'm going to be out of town for awhile, so I've planned lots of hand work and embellishment that I can do on the road. You can see a peek above. I ended up using black... which totally surprised me!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I think everyone has struggled with this theme. I know I did. Two false starts, one nearly finished, before I really got into an idea that worked for me. And it is a simple idea. That's just a little teaser at the left. For all the angst and struggle, from what I am seeing I think this is going to be a spectacular reveal. I can hardly wait!
Will we then be able to say we have achieved illumination?
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I've done it. I finished my illumination quilt. Now that I still have time though, I'm considering trying to do another with the idea I was originally going to use before I got side tracked with the hokey idea that turned out not to be so cheesy after all.
I'm very very far from reaching illumination... But, now, I've got a 12x12 quilt top!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Considering my initial inspiration tends to be verbal rather than visual, I struggle with quilt titles. Still. I have a while to consider this one - I just wanted to be be sure I had this finished, and time for a back up if it didn't become less dire with the quilting, before I go on holiday. In fact I now like it a lot. It makes me smile. Here is another teaser.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I am sure this is salvageble and I'm sure I will grow from this experience, but I'm not feeling the love right now
Sunday, July 6, 2008
This site: Lightmark, a German project, has some phenomenal photographs of light — definite inspiration for illumination. Be sure to check out the site for more photos.
I am finally very inspired and am working on my piece - there may be more than one. And you will all be surprised!!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Five years ago, I was beading this "illuminated" journal quilt while we were driving to and from Portland. There are probably still beads lurking in crevices of the Lexus. Perhaps, fireworks will show up again in my work. If so, I hope I can do a better job, and there will be no binding!!
I have an idea, finally, on my illumination piece. I have a rough sketch done and now I'm in the stage of planning how to execute it.
I actually had a couple other ideas, one of which was at the top of my thoughts from the first and with me the longest. The other idea was much too difficult to create (in my mind) so I have mostly dismissed it.
I will say that this theme has been the most challenging for me so far. I am tempted to come up with a fantastically simple idea for the next theme. Which by the way, is proving to be hard for me also......coming up with a theme idea.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I don't need to tell you, I'm sure, that it is a stylized sun, so it definitely fits the theme. But as I worked away on it I kept thinking how trite it seemed. So I offset it. Then I started hand-stitching on it. Of course nothing helped. It just looks like a sun that any 6th grade art student would come up with. It is cheerful and not awful, I guess, but without meaning or originality. I could make it even more trite and generic by putting a face on it!
So I started over. Perhaps the value of this false start was that along the way I went back to an idea I had earlier rejected and began to see the possibilities in it. I like it so much better. In fact I may even love it.
I might finish this sun and sew it on the side of a beach tote for my granddaughter. I think it would be just about right in that context.