I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go. I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures. I cannot believe it's been six years now! Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:
1. Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic
2. About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea
3. I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while
4. It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at once
With all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!
Wow have my boys been keeping me busy this summer! So I'm trying to keep up with them plus I've started writing another blog AND we are going on vacation in three days, yikes! This post will be short and sweet, my fabric bowls are a huge hit at the art gallery so I challenged myself to make six more before we go on vacation, I knocked out four but didn't reach my goal of six. So here they are:
I don't work with the color purple that much but I absolutely love how this bowl turned out:
(The purple bowl sold five minutes after I walked in the door with it!)
Thanks for looking and I'll be back in three weeks!
A few years ago I wrote about my art retreat. It was my time to get away and just create. I have always been fascinated with the Amish culture so on these art retreats I would go to Lancaster, PA. Over the years my art retreat has turned into a mommy's getaway and I now like to mingle with the Amish more than focus on my art. A few weeks ago I got back from my annual mommy getaway and every time I sat down to write about it here I realized something. I have way too much to say for just one post so I have created another blog. I will solely focus on Amish life and my experiences among the Plain people. It is still "under construction" but it is called My Fascination With The Amish Culture: Exploring The Plain People.
While on Pinterest I came across this absolutely beautiful watercolor of a ballerina. I think what caught my eye was that it wasn't a normal ballerina pose. The artist, Inslee Haynes, named itTutu, Aerial View and I just fell in love! This became my inspiration piece for my first art quilt. Please visit her blog The Sketch Bookso you may learn more about this talented artist.
So the first thing I needed to do was to graph the image and enlarge it.
Next I traced the pattern and cut out the pieces:
From there I found fabric for the skirt and fused it onto a piece of light green flannel. I thought about changing the colors to pinks but then decided that greens and blues (the original colors the artist used) were more interesting.
I then stitched green-with-gold-sparkle tulle into the center to make it look more like a tutu:
From there I decided that it now needed more blue so I cut strips of shimmery blue tulle and added them around the skirt:
It still needed more "bling" so I hand stitched blue and green beads onto the blue strips:
Her body was felt applique and her hair was "doll hair" found at my local craft store:
I picked my fabrics for my boarders:
And then quilted everything except her body and her tutu:
Fixing Her Hair is now hanging (and is for sale) at Olde Towne Art in Portsmouth, VA