Saturday, November 4, 2017

An Abstract Wall Hanging - "Watershed Moment"

I nearly always do representational work, but on a rare occasion I complete something abstract. This piece is an abstract interpretation of an aerial view of  a water drainage system.  I hand painted the fabric a few years ago and liked the design. I didn't want to cut it up, but I also didn't know what to do with it.  Finally I stared at it enough that I realized it reminded me of the aerial photographs of water drainage through mountains that I used to look at when I worked as an environmental professional.

I enhanced the design with oil paint sticks, and added beads to represent boulders.

I think this is my favorite detail:

It's good to break away from your comfort zone and try something new. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, October 27, 2017

"Tough Old Bird" in the Houston Show

I'm thrilled to have my "Tough Old Bird" piece in the "World of Beauty" contest at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year. The show runs from November 1 - 5, and is at the Houston Convention Center.

I'll be going to the show, so it will be a treat to have a quilt hanging while I am there!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

A Beaded Bird - TV Watching Project

I like to make beaded birds while sitting in front of the TV. I try to have one in the works so that I can add some beads to it when the mood strikes me. I usually make them from a heavier fabric and sew beads and other doo-dads on them. Here is my most recent bird:

I like to sew a heart on the chest area, and you can see this birds heart in the photo below:

I found a place on a shelf for this bird, near some other fiber art pieces that it coordinates with.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

"On the Boulevard" is Finished!

"On the Boulevard", by Eileen Wintemute

It's done! Here is a photo of the finished art quilt featuring my Mother walking down the shopping district in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was young and full of life. I think I captured that and it puts a smile on my face. 

This piece will be included in the "Attitudes" exhibit that I talked about in a recent post. I'm thrilled!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"ATTITUDES" Solo Exhibit Announcement!

"Fashion Plate" by Eileen Wintemute

ATTITUDES” – that is the name of my new solo exhibit that is going on the road! Yippee! I am proud and honored to have this exhibit debut at Mancuso’s “World Quilt Florida” festival in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center.  The show dates are January 18 – 20, 2018.

ATTITUDES” is a collection of fiber art pieces I have created showing people depicting great “attitude”. I don’t necessarily mean they have a good attitude, but their posture and expression show the world they are full of something… 

I show one of the pieces, “Fashion Plate”, here. I think you will get an idea of what I mean from this one.

In February the exhibit travels to Virginia for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and in March to New Jersey for Quiltfest. I’ll post more information about those two shows as we get closer to the dates of the events.

Anyway, it is very exciting for me and I am thrilled and proud! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, September 29, 2017

North Umpqua River

Every year I go on a camping and fishing trip on the North Umpqua River in Oregon. This is a beautiful location and the inspiration for many paintings and art pieces.  I have just returned from my annual trip, so I thought I would post this painting of a spot on the river. The location is called "Elevation" and the rock structure there is unique and very recognizable to those who know the river. I did this painting over the summer in a workshop with Judy Schroeder.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Stitching Down the Figure

  The background stitching is completed and it is time to stitch the figure to the background.

I started with the center of the figure and worked my way out. Here are some photos showing the stitching I used:

Here you can see the stitches I used on the blouse and face:

 This photo shows the shopping bag, skirt and jacket.

And here you see the legs, socks and shoes. I added some blue colored pencil to the shadow side of the shoes, which you can also see here.

I'm almost finished with this one. I need to do a binding, sleeve and label next. Thanks for visiting my blog!