This summer I have been concentrating on 2 activities, stitching and sketching. Above is a stitching project I finished a little while ago. I had some pieces left over from this quilt
and decided I would make myself a bag.
I have been enjoying an online intuitive painting class with Flora Bowley. The class is called Bloom True and it’s delivered in an online format. The paintings below are two I have been working on. We started with a warm color layer, let that dry then added a cool color layer. I am on my third layer in the paintings below – back to a warm color.
It’s a lot of fun to just apply paint to a surface and see what happens. There are no plans, just to follow your intuition.
I feel like this painting process is a lot like how I create my art quilts. Maybe I can combine the process at some point.
Color Story No. 10 (I think that’s what number I’m on.) Is finally done. I started on this quilt in 2010 and have kept working on it over the years. You can check out it’s progress here, here, here, here, and here.
It was worth the wait and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
I took this picture at my husband’s parents house. My mother-in-law has a wonderful lavender gardening shed and just oodles of fun bits of this and that all over her yard and in her home. I’ll have to go back to do a photo shoot of my quilts one of these days.
COLOR STORY NO. 10, approximately 29″h x 27″w
The photo in my studio doesn’t do it justice, but you can get an idea of how it looks.
I highly recommend the book STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST by Austin Kleon. It’s so simple. You can read it in an hour or maybe two and it’s just full of advice. Great stuff like…nothing is original…start copying…fake it ’til you make it…and much, much more. It has given me a lot to think about. I think you’ll enjoy it to.
I was going to try to take notes and started copying every other sentence, so I’m just going to buy a copy for myself. That way I can reference it all the time! It’s that good! You will want to reference it all the time!
Or maybe I’ll buy two and cover the walls of my studio with the pages of this book.
Fall happened overnight. All of a sudden there were leaves on the ground and the temperature dropped 10° or more. It is very pretty with fantastic colors in the trees and at your feet. I love the leaves and wish we didn’t have to rake them.
Fall Fabric inspired by the leaves on my front walk.
Now my thoughts on Quilting…
Since 2004 I have been studying quilting. It has mainly been a study by observing what other quilters do and then mimicking them. I have studied with Ann Fahl and Carol Taylor, but the rest has been from observation. My main teachers have been Nancy Crow, Lisa Call, Gail Baar, Robin Ferrier, and Denyse Schmidt…and they, I’m sure, don’t even know it! :)
In 2009 I quit my day job to design quilts full time, but became obsessed with still life painting. Since I haven’t been quilting a lot has changed. In 2010 there was a movement that started showing up…Modern Quilting. Before this time there was traditional quilting and art quilts. To me modern quilting is a combination of traditional and art quilting.
As an art quilter I found it very important to dye my own fabric, so I would have a palette of my very own colors mixed by me! (An artist doesn’t use paint color right out of the tube.) I also found it very important to cut my quilt pieces without a ruler or template. There was also the design wall, where I would audition fabrics and shapes before I would sew it all together.
I’ve been savoring the modern quilts I see online. I love the idea of something that is utilitarian as well as art.
Changes…Blog Version 3.0
I’m rethinking this blog and trying to come up with a definition of what I want to share with you. At the same time I’m rethinking where I want to go with my creativity in the next few years.
More on this soon!
Google knows when you are sleeping, they know when you’re awake and they know when it’s your birthday.
I didn’t log out of my gmail account and was a bit shocked when I opened my browser and boom! There was a “Happy Birthday Heather” banner. Kind-of creepy…kind-of cool.
ANYWAY…it has been quite some time since I’ve stopped in. I haven’t been quilting this summer just doing a bit of thinking and sketching and researching. I’ll be back at it soon!