Sunday, February 22, 2015


Trio: Modern Quilt. This panel is yet another class sample for my Modern Quilt design class. I will be teaching this in 2 weeks so I am now collecting all my materials and class samples. The modern movement in art as well as the world of quilts has produced a more simplified composition for us to analyze. It is more about balance than intricate elements. As I said before, we are going on the premise that the use of at least 40% of negative space and the use of high saturation color will give a piece of art a more modern appearance. Although Modern Quilts as well as Modern Art can take many forms. Traditional patterns used in a Modern way can make a striking contrast in a show full of traditional art or quilts. In Trio, I have used a lot of vertical and horizontal balance to work against each other. I have also used the combination of the curved line against the straight line to create the best interest. Assemetrical balance is also a great way to create an artistic approach to your design. These are fun and simple to make. The circles have been fused, but the rest is pieced. This can be seen on Off The Walls Friday

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Summer Tanager: Bohemian Tapestry Series. 12 X 22 panel. This is another in the series of what I call my Bohemian Tapestries. The reason I call them this is because I use a lot of scrap material that would seem to have no relation to each other. But somehow, when you cut them into scrappy pieces, lay them out on a muslin foundation and then cover the surface with free motion quilting, it seems to work. I have provided a bright songbird as a focal point to tell a story of a summer day. The bird has been threadpainted onto a peltex foundation and appliqued to the tapestry. This can be purchased through The Polish Pottery Shoppe  This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bohemian Christmas Tree

Bohemian Christmas Tree is done in my improvisational tapestry style. I made several of these little panels for Christmas presents for friends. It was all done from scraps of previous projects. I call it bohemian because of the combinations of random colors and fabrics. I think that this sort of combination has a charm of it's own. All fabric cuts were laid on a muslin panel and water soluble stabilizer placed on top. Quilting patterns of random meandering is done on top of the stabilizer with heavy quilting thread. The whole top is put into the washer and dryer before it is placed on the batting and backing. This gives it a very textural tapestry look. I love this process. It is painting with cloth.

Around the World Blog Hop

I am participating in an International Blog Hop which means that I must tag someone here Kathie Schmidt is a mixed media fiber artist and author. She does improvisational piecing workshops and hand beading classes. I think you will enjoy seeing what she does. 

The rules are to answer these 4 questions about my art. So here they are:
1. Q. What am I currently working on?
     A. Currently, I am doing a study of Modern Quilts so that I can teach a design class in March. This class with be taught to traditional quilters and we will studying modern art and principles of design. 

2. Q. How does my work differ from others of it's genre'?
    A. Because I am also a painter, I do a lot of my work similar to painting with fabric. I particularly enjoy using a muslin base as my canvas and with scissors, cutting snippets and hunks of fabrics from scraps in my stash. I hand dye many fabrics for more vibrant colors but also use commercial fabrics. I have also designed a line of quilt panels I call Bohemian art. Made from a large variety of colors and patterns. Everything is done improvisationally. Much like knife painters. 

3. Q. Why do I write/create what I do?
     A. I found this one a little difficult to answer. It is a pleasure to create, of course, but it is also a lot of work. The only thing I can compare it to is a compulsion. A compulsion to communicate through expression, color and design. It is just a natural talent that I can't ignore. 

4. Q. How does my writing/Creative process work?
    A. My process usually comes from inspiration. Inspiration leads to imaging and imaging to planning. I make rough sketches to formulate my ideas, but don't spend a lot of time perfecting those ideas. The exception would be when I am doing a portrait. This is the ultimate perfecting process. My priority is balance and contrast for most things. Color comes next. You can decide to use color or just rely on contrast. They are both interchangable. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Modern Quilts: Prism of Time

Prism of Time: by Janice Lauderdale. As I continue to study modern quilt design, I am putting together class samples and study material for a class I am teaching at our quilt guild. My good friend Janice, has generously volunteered to make up a class sample and a pattern for this modern design. This time we use more patterned fabrics and a very abstract modern look. Each student will be able to use the pattern with a variety of colors or patterns; and each one will look completely different. Simplicity is the key to successful modern design. This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Modern Sunset

Modern Sunset: 22 X 36 Wall Hanging. In recent years there has been an unexpected interest in making what is known as Modern Quilts. It was taken up by mostly younger quilters who do not have the time to spend with the perfectionism of tedious piecing. They are, instead, making quilts with simplified piecing and a more modern appearance.

As I studied these quilts, I realized that I had seen this movement somewhere else. In the world of art. Moving from very ornate and complicated frames and paintings, to what was known as the Moderns. The Abstract artists, the Impressionists and even the DA Da movement. Painters all experimented with the move from classic painting to a more loose and simplified composition. This movement also carried over into archetectural design and modern home furnishings. 

And so, with this in mind; I am doing some of my own experimenting with Modern Wall Hangings. I have adopted a more simplified method of quilting and concentrate on negative space and diagonal balance. Negative space just means that it is void of designs or embellishments. A good Modern Quilt Design should have at least 40% negative space according to quilt artist and teacher Kathie Schmidt. I think this is a good rule to follow. This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Thursday, July 24, 2014

More Art 4 Charity

Hydrangeas: 18 X 24 Oil on Canvas. For several months now I have been putting together a body of work that can be donated to our silent auction for our Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild. This guild is for artists who are ages 55 and older. We give support to each other by organizing workshops and having monthly programs with guest artists. This year we decided to do a charity affair for our annual fall exhibit and partner with our host church to benefit a women's and children's shelter and a local food bank. Since we had never done this before, the church was quite helpful; and they gave us their spacious gallery for this event. Although I am a fiber artist, I am also a painter. So this post will have both. I spent a little more money on a nice frame for my Hydrangeas because I want to do my best to sell this. 25% of all sales of artwork will go to our charity. I tried to make this as appealing as possible.
I also spent a lot of time making these needle felted, business card sized, refrigerator magnets. I embellished them with thread and ribbons, beads and broken jewelry bits. Each one is a tiny work of art. I made 20 of these and priced them at 4.00 each. I figure that these will sell, if nothing else does. Anything in the silent auction will donate 100% to the charity. So that is a wrap. I am set with fiber art, watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings. Now back to my normal life. This post can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Friday, June 27, 2014

Art 4 Charity

Charity Benefit Exhibit: 12 X 20 Panels. Most artists are called upon to donate artwork for charity auctions. This time it is our Studio 55 Seniors Art Guild. We will be doing a fall benefit for Harmony House Shelter for women and children in abuse relationships; and for Crosslines Food Pantry.

25% of all sales and 100% of any proceeds from the auction will be going to these charities. These panels are done in my tapestry style and are completely hand washable. In addition I am donating some of my small watercolor and pastel pictures. 

Maple Bonsai Pastel

Coneflower Watercolor

Thrush Watercolor

Sparrow and Cardinal Watercolors

White Cat Pastel

Hopefully we will have a good turnout for this exhibit and will be able to donate a good amount for these causes. You can see this post on Off The Wall Fridays