Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trying Out a New Process On a New Challenge

After doing the things that needed doing after two weeks away from home (stuff like laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning...), I finally got into the studio on Wednesday.  And it felt fantastic!

Well, it didn't feel fantastic to face the empty design wall.  That felt a bit sad and very daunting.  After the big deadline of the show, I have absolutely no projects in process.  Where to start?

At the NTAQ meeting we were given a new challenge, "The Peasants" by Pablo Picasso.  The piece isn't due until our next meeting, which is over a month away, but I thought I would give it a go.  It seemed a good place to start.

My cutting table had been taken over by painted paper scraps, leftovers from the class with David Hornung.  I had a brilliant idea -- why not make a collage and work from that?
Just a bit of painted paper......
The original painting is from Picasso's Rose period, painted in 1906.  It depicts two figures, two oxen and a box of flowers.  Here is the picture pinned on my design wall.
I decided to make a small painted paper collage, recreating the composition in geometric shapes.  Not only would it be fun to see if I could turn a paper collage into a finished quilt, it would also allow me to clear some of the paper off my cutting table.  Win-win.

I started gluing pieces of paper in the upper left corner, reducing the background and figures to squares and rectangles and more or less matching the colors  As I got farther down towards the lower right corner, I started moving farther away from the original composition.  After I filled the collage with squares and rectangles, I added a few lines -- black, gold and blue.  I felt it needed a few lines.

I managed to make a piece I rather liked, only upsetting the cup of glue once.  Did I mention that I am a messy gluer?  It is kind of a problem...
Painted Paper Collage, 7" x 9"
The next step was recreating the collage in fabric.  I found that I had all of the colors I needed in my fabric inventory.  Not that surprising, I guess....I have a rather large fabric inventory.  I broke the piece into sewable sections and got to work.

I think the final piece is pretty close to the original collage.  I changed the proportions a little, especially of some of the linear elements, but side by side you can see that they are closely related.
Collage with as yet unnamed challenge piece, 31" x 39"
It was fun working this way.  In fact I'm on my way up to the studio to make another collage.  Perhaps it will also turn into another quilt!

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NTAQ Meeting Report

My critique group has finally named itself.  Good thing, because I'm tired of saying "my critique group."  We've decided to call ourselves North Texas Art Quilters, NTAQ for short, pronounced "En-Tack."  As an avid watcher of the NCIS crime dramas, I think this is a very fine acronym.  It sounds very official and military.  Don't mess with NTAQ!

We met yesterday and revealed our pieces for the latest challenge, "Cliche" by Stuart Davis.  The pieces produced this month were obviously related, both to the source painting and to each other, but we all managed to put our own twist upon it.  If I do say so myself, we did a great job!
Our pieces.  Wow!
"Cliche" by Stuart Davis
You might remember I blogged about my piece here and here.  I really enjoyed this challenge.

The program last month was small collages that were fused, hand stitched and mounted on 4" x 4" canvases.  Some of us brought ours to the meeting.
I am really not a fuser, so this project was totally out of my normal comfort zone.  Which is a very good place to be every once in a while.  

On a totally different note, B and I made mango frozen yogurt last night.  I'd purchased mangoes before I left for Ohio but they never got ripe enough to eat.  By the time I got home they were a bit beyond ripe.  So I cut them up and we dusted off the ice cream maker.  It was delicious!  And very welcome on a hot, steamy summer day!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Two Wonderful Weeks in Ohio!

I've just returned home after two weeks studying composition and design with David Hornung.  It was an amazing experience!
David is a painter and Professor of Art and Art History at Adelphi University.  I had taken his color theory class several years ago, and was very excited to have the opportunity to study 2-D design with him.

Working with paper, paint, ink and glue, we started the class exploring simple shapes and the concept of stability vs. instability:
We then combined the shapes into more complex compositions.   And we added a little colored paper:
We did some gestural drawing with india ink and pencil.  And created cut paper color compositions from some of the drawings:
 The second week started with a study of progressions and transparency.  We worked in black, white and gray:
 We painted thin paper with acrylic paint, creating tints and tones and expanding our palette mightily. And then the fun began!  We spent most of the second week honing our design skills:
I created a number of small compositions that could be the basis of new art quilts.  My final piece, though, surprised me.  It didn't look at all like a piece I would make.  And it doesn't look like collaged paper.  I think it looks like a painting.
If you get a chance, take a class from David.  He's a wonderful teacher, and the skills you learn will enhance your work.  I know it is going to affect mine!

I'm featured on Maria Shell's Blog!

The wonderful Maria Shell has blogged about my work and my show!  You can read it here.  Wow!

Thank you, Maria!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

It's So Cool!

Orbital Plane #1 is on a coaster advertising the Circular Abstractions exhibit at the Schweinfurth!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Opening at the Goodrich Gallery

The show opened Sunday afternoon, and it was fabulous!  Brian and I got there early and took a few pictures before the crowd showed up.  
The Front Door 
A red and black tableaux (featuring some new tuning fork quilts and Banded Iron Formation #1)
Looking down the gallery -- north wall 
Looking down the gallery -- south wall
TF 17, Marble, Wild Thing (small piece on top) and One Blue Roof
At the beginning, a few folks came in...
And then it got busy!
It was a wonderful opportunity to share my art! 
The people who made it possible!  Barbara (left) provided the refreshments,
Melissa (second from left) invited me to exhibit.  Candace was the coordinator.

I love talking to people about my work!
Melissa and I - photo by Carol Morrisey

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Work! And a New Format!

I recently made ten 12" x 12" quilts, five tuning forks and five based on mineral thin sections.  I have seen other quilters mount their works on canvas, and thought it was a very nice presentation. But I hadn't really thought about how I would do it until I ran into Cindy Grisdela at the SAQA conference in Lincoln. 

First, the new pieces.  Each, as I said, is 12" x 12" and mounted on canvas, wired for hanging.  
Tuning Fork #40, © 2017
Tuning Fork #41, © 2017
Tuning Fork #43, © 2017
Tuning Fork #44, © 2017 
Banded Iron Formation #3, © 2017
Banded Iron Formation #4, © 2017
Quarts and Hematite, © 2017
Schist #3, © 2017
Schist #4, © 2017
Tuning Fork #46, © 2017
Cindy was nice enough to give me detailed instructions.  And she has recently posted a tutorial on mounting small art quilts on canvas.  If you are interested in her technique, check it out here!

These pieces will debut at the show on Sunday, and are available for $150 each.

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

Set Up Day at the Goodrich Gallery!

Finally!  After all of the hard work, anticipation and, I'll admit, some anxiety, set up day for my show at the Goodrich Gallery was here at last!

B helped me pack the day before.  We managed to put 20 of the 32 quilts in the back of our Mini (which is actually our larger car).
 12 small quilts fit in the front seat.
At the gallery, we laid the pieces out.  I had spent quite a lot of time planning the layout.  But of course, after looking at the quilts and the flow of the colors, shapes and sizes, we moved them around.  A lot.
When we were happy with the layout, the crew started to hang the quilts.  
They did a fabulous job!
The wall of tuning forks is especially nice!
I'll share more photos after the opening.  Sunday, June 4th from noon to 2:00 pm.  Hope to see you there!

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