After having a Thanksgiving weekend so hot we could swim in a lake up north, it’s a little hard to take the cold, dreary days we’ve had since.
My mind is spinning lately, trying to consolidate what I’ve learned over the past few months into a solid plan for studio practice. I think I am getting there. Gradually. More sketching out of ideas, more exploring with paint before I move on to working with fabric.
I discovered this week that I can use the thin flexible cutting mats from the dollar store to make stencils, and cut them with the eCraft. This will be fun.
This is by far my favourite of the 3 creatures designs. It makes me happy every time I look at it:
Life Study #9 (2011) 9″x9″
Another iteration of these lovely creatures, with a high contrast between the figures and ground, and with twice the layers of batting in the trapunto, to give them a lot of depth.
I need to fine tune my lighting for these photos; this one shows the depth better because it is lit from the side, but it wasn’t lit enough and is therefore a little blurry.
Life Study #8 (2011) 9″x9″
As I mentioned before, I am taking the Artist’s Toolbox course at Quilt University, with Lyric Kinard. I also have her book, Art + Quilt.
I hope to ultimately make a fabric book for each of the art principles as I continue to study them; I found the process of making this one was helpful in cementing the ideas.
I chose possibly the easiest subject first, texture:
I am appreciating the slow paced aspect of drawing and sketching, it is more relaxing than a lot of what I do. I think it will be very good for me to spend more time on it.
And now, some very bird like creatures:
Life Study #7 (2011) 9″x9″