Sunday, 22 April 2012
It took some time, but finally my quilt for this challenge is finished. On the first picture it was difficult to see by whom I was inspired. After I removed the tape, finished the quilting and added the binding the quilt looked like this:
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
At least I'm getting LESS behind!! I've wanted to do this one for a few years. In fact...had already started it and got distracted by other things for a bit. But this theme afforded me the opportunity to complete it and enjoy it all over again. I was inspired by Victor Vaserely. This was a significant moment in my artistic journey because it was the first time I FULLY realized just how much I appreciate other kinds of art!! I saw a presentation of his work (online) in an old church. The juxtaposition of pop art on ancient stone walls was so intriguing. Then I found I loved his work on its own. Found his two zebras next. Now I do love black and white so these were especially delightful to me. Then I found Markab which he did about 1956 or '57. It isn't as much of an optical illusion as some of his other work but it grabbed my attention big time. So I decided to render it in fabric (at least as much of it as I could in 12"X12"). Markab in Arabic means "something to ride". And since finding Vaserely opened up a whole new vista for me, I titled this piece "Enjoying the Ride". As for the process, let's just say I'm extremely glad someone invented those really sharp and tiny scissors!! The white fabric was stitched onto black Kona and then trimmed according to how much black was to show through. Required a bit of patience but I'm happy with the results. It still needs a binding (which will be in black Kona) but at least it is done enough to post.
Inspired by Victor Vaserely
"Enjoying the Ride"
Victor Vaserely's Markab - 1956 (or '57)
Oil on Canvas
Now to start DREAMING!!!!
Friday, 13 April 2012
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Inspired by the landscape paintings of Carry Ackroyd.
This particular image is based on a small section of this photo taken some time ago. One of many taken when I was lucky enough to have a ride in a hot air balloon. An experience I thoroughly enjoyed despite being rather nervous of heights.
The addition of the birds is a flight of fancy. I added them since Carry Ackroyd generally adds birds and animals to her own paintings. Techniques used: applique, free machine embroidery, with some bondaweb additions for the birds themselves.