Monday, April 21, 2014

The Visitor

The Visitor
12" x 12"
Mixed Media Art Quilt
Thank you to all who stopped by my blog recently. I love your visits and comments.  The quilt above is something I've been working on for a few days and it is now finished. It will be a donation to SAQA for their annual benefit auction held in the fall. You can read all about this annual event by clicking here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!
I hope everyone has a wonderful, bunny-filled weekend.
I will be sharing Easter with my family tomorrow. I need to go find my stash of plastic eggs.
I want to fill them with goodies and then hopefully tomorrow the weather will be perfect for having an outdoor egg hunt. I think the grand kids will enjoy that.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Finally! Rylee is Rockin'

I devoted today to working on my quilt of Rylee. It was sitting in limbo for just too long. Although, to be honest, I was contemplating colors and placement for such colors. I think I am done painting this but will look at it for a day or so and see if anything needs tweaking.

The original photo of Rylee was taken at Christmas by my mother. You can see by comparing that I used artistic license with what I included in the quilt design and what I created with my imagination. I didn't want the quilt to "look" like Christmas but I did add the words to identify the time frame.

The Raggedy Ann doll and the wooden rocking chair were both mine when I was a child. While I'm happy overall with how the quilt has turned out, I know there are areas that I do not like, but it's impossible to change them at this point. I still need to add a binding around the edges. It measures 25" x 32".

I'm linking to Off The Wall Friday and Paint Party Friday. Both sites share what others have been working on throughout the week, one paint related and one fiber art related.

Hope you all are having a Happy Friday!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mini Collages

Well I got my mini collages mounted. After I wrote the last post about that and asking if anyone had any suggestions, I remembered that I had purchased a package of  8x10 mat board in assorted colors. So rather than going out to buy new supplies I used what I have. I did like the idea that Linda suggested and may think about that for the future.

The mat board I chose for these two was one with a metallic sheen on it. It's hard to see that in these photos. I've now added them to my Etsy shop. By the way, the diagonal lines you see in the two collages are not part of the art, that is the shadows from my window blinds.

And I also added the following small art quilt to the shop too. I've been meaning to get this one listed but somehow it never happened. 

You can find these and my other art that is for sale by clicking here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Oh Where Oh Where?

Wow, it's been slightly over two weeks since my last post. How did that happen? Time has flown these past couple of weeks as I've been busy with a project and will be able to share that with you in a few weeks.

I haven't been working on anything big other than the above mentioned project. But to keep my creative juices flowing I dabbled on a few small things.  I created these two mini collages.

And here is what I used to create my mini collages on:

I found this set of flash cards at my local thrift store quite some time ago and I came across them recently in my stash. I thought it was time to play with them. I think I will add these to my Etsy shop, but I'm trying to figure out if I should mount them somehow or just offer them as they are. Any thoughts?

Next is a screen that I am creating for screen printing. I've had the supplies to do this for maybe a couple of years and, again, found them in my stash, so I thought I better get to it. It's a two-step process and right now I'm waiting for the pink goo to dry so that I can rinse out the blue goo and then try the screen out.

And here is a painting project I did because I really wanted to paint something. This is done on paper and I am loving the bright colors.

I prepared and shipped a quilt that I was thrilled to have juried into ARTQUILTSwhimsy! You can find all there is to know about this exhibit by clicking here. My quilt that they chose is Crooked Tree Hill, which you can see here.

I tried hard to keep up with my favorite blogs during the past couple of weeks, but I'm pretty sure I've missed some good posts from you. I have a couple more projects coming up soon, but they aren't as big and I really want to return to finishing my quilt of my granddaughter. Happy April!

Linking to Paint Party Friday. Lots of great folks who are painting.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My Bloom True Experience

As you may have noticed, recently I took Flora Bowley's online course called Bloom True.

You can see my previous Bloom True blog posts at the following links:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

The course was five weeks short and believe me, they went by quickly. Here are my canvases at the end of Week 5.

I started the course with the two larger canvases and added the other two around Week 3 or 4. I believe I am finished with the two paintings on the left. They still need a protective finish coat. The two canvases on the right are still works in progress.

My Thoughts About the Course

I will be honest with you, I was apprehensive about taking the course because I didn't want to create art that looks like so many other pieces out there. Flora teaches this course both online and in person and you can find photos all over the Internet with people sharing their results. So much of it looks similar to me. Of course I know that some artists are in the early stages of learning a process and that is usually when their work tends to be similar to others...they just haven't found their voice or style yet. So with keeping my own style/voice in mind, I took the plunge and took the course.

I'm glad I did. The lessons are not about painting like Flora. They are about finding yourself in your painting. Sure, some of the early steps in the process seem to make everyone's art look the same, but once you get past that, you are free flying and following your heart and gut.

I would highly recommend to anyone who has creative dreams to take this course. Even if you aren't a painter. I think that no matter what your art medium of choice is, you can benefit from what Flora shares. And who knows, you may find that you do like painting.

If you are interested in taking Flora's Bloom True E-course, please click the following link to sign up. Please note that the link is an affiliate link, which means that if you sign up for the course when following my link, I will earn a commission from your purchase of the course. If you do sign up through my link, I would like to thank you for doing so.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Quilt Progress

I applied paint to the walls and floor on this quilt. I'm actually finding that I am liking it just like this....leaving all the other elements unpainted. I'm not sure what to do about that. If I do leave them, I may add some white to some areas just to tone them down and also some grays for shading. Again, I may have to let this idea simmer for a day or two and see what. What are your thoughts?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Last Minute Stitching

In yesterday's post I mentioned that this quilt was ready for the next step, painting. But then I remembered that I had wanted to add some text to it. So I got that done today and now it's ready for the next step.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Finished - Maybe

I worked on these two paintings this week. I think I am done with them but will let them sit and then take a look at them to see if anything jumps out at me that may need tweaking.

I believe I will name this first one That Blooming Cat

I haven't come up with a name for the next one yet. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment.

I also finished all the free motion quilting this week on this quilt. Next up for that is the painting.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bloom True - Week 4

I'm making some progress with my Bloom True workshop paintings. The first one shown here is a before and after shot. The "before" is how it looked at the end of Week 3. The "after" is how it looked at one stage during Week 4.

And here is how it looks now, at the end of Week 4. This canvas has undergone the most dramatic change out of the two I'm working on for the workshop.

And below is the same before/after/current scenario with my other canvas.

There is one more week left of this workshop. It's gone by pretty darned fast!