Monday, August 21, 2017

The Eclipse!

I'm ready for viewing!
The shadows were really wonderful!
This one would make a great piece of fiber art!
B views the eclipse.  It wasn't total, it was about 75%, but still really cool!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

SAQA Saturday

 The North Texas SAQA group met at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday to see an exhibit of the avant garde clothing of Iris Van Herpen, a Dutch fashion designer.  She is known for using unconventional materials to create her haute couture looks.
 The garments were constructed of metal filings in resin, umbrella spokes,  magnets, ceramic, metal tapes and plastic.
Many of her pieces were constructed of pieces formed with 3-D printing.  They were stunning, but looked very uncomfortable.
I think my favorite piece was this one.  Formed of 3-D printed plastic and painted to look like wood, it looked amazingly like a medieval altarpiece.
In the studio I've  been working on a quilt based on this collage:
As of Friday evening, it looked like this:

I'm not sure about this at all.  The collage has so many disparate elements.  It's not coming together in fabric.  I was fussing with the right hand side -- not sure I improved it.  What do you think?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NTAQ in August

The August meeting of NTAQ was held in my dining room.  
The program for the month was to create the illusion of transparency using opaque materials.  We made paper collages in grayscale.  It was a fun exercise, and we made some fabulous small studies.
Instead of an artist's challenge for September, the group decided to make a small quilt based on one of our collages.  Either in color or grayscale, creating the illusion of transparency.

Our challenge piece for August was based on a painting by Fernand Leger.
Fernand Leger, Woman with Cat, 1921
As always, our pieces showed a large range of interpretations.  Wendy's gray and yellow piece with circles (far right in the picture) was a standout.  Wonderful!
Wendy also showed a new quilt.  A single log cabin block of mammoth proportions.  Wow!

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday and Confessions of a Fiber Addict, Go see all the wonderful work there!

Art About Town

Viewing art is good for the soul.

The Kimbell Art Museum hosted a wonderful exhibit of paintings from the Phillips Collection this summer.  I love the Phillips Collection!  B and I spent a day there during our last trip to Washington, DC.  Any museum with a whole room full of Rothkos is ok in my book.  It was wonderful to see some very famous pieces of their collection on display here in Fort Worth.

Several days later, Rhonda and I went to the Plano Quilt Show.  Art?  Some were art, some were not.  But all were very visually stimulating.  A few that caught my eye:
I'm Counting on You by Shannon Page
Detail of Confetti by Peggy Abernathy
Never Again by Valerie Salter
Detail of The Color of Music by Jo Ann Cross
Detail of Water Wonders by Tami Marler

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Small Tweak

In my last post, I showed the piece I made for the current NTAQ design challenge.  And I mentioned that the thin line in the left border really bothered me.  In fact the more I looked at the piece, the more it bothered me. 
BEFORE:  Do you see the thin line?  I apparently was trying to hide it......
So I changed it.  I think it's an improvement.
AFTER:  More balanced.  And certainly looks more intentional.
What do you think?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Work!

This month, NTAQ was given a painting by Fernand Leger, "Woman with a Cat," 1921.   An interesting piece in the collection of the Met.  The copy I worked from doesn't do it justice.  You can see the original painting here. 
First, I made a paper collage abstracting the piece into something I might possibly be able to piece:
I decided that I liked the collage better if I cropped it a bit.  Here is the page from my sketchbook, with a slight crop of the collage on the bottom right.

(To be completely honest, I just didn't want to piece the whole thing.  Call me lazy.  And cropping made it a bit more dramatic.  At least that is what I told myself.....)
The final pieced top is below.  It is 23" x 29", unquilted.
I think I like it better in this orientation:
What do you think?

I also pieced in a very small yellow and black line near the bottom of the piece.  I'm not sure why I did that, and I think, looking at it now, that I need to either remove it or make it thicker.  Not sure which.

So, once again, I was faced with an empty design wall.  And some pressing projects to work on.  Things I really need to get done.  So did I get right to work on the things I need to do?  No, of course not.  I decided to create a piece from another of my paper collages.
Paper collage
And of course, I thoroughly enjoyed making this piece.  I finished piecing it yesterday.  
Rhythm and Blues, currently 49" x 65", unquilted
I feel like I've been playing hooky, making paper collages and then piecing quilts based on them.  I like this way of working.

I now have an largish pile of tops to be quilted.  Guess what I'm doing today?

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