Thursday, May 16, 2019

Quilting and Details

    Here is the final piece!  I show some details below:

This is a fun memory piece for me of Shane in his younger days. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Pitcher's Mound

This is a close up of the pitching mound in my "No Hitter" piece. You can see the grass behind it and the mound itself. I used a few different greens for the grass, and a Japaneses fabric for the mound. I also added a shadow next to the foot to "ground" the player. 

This also shows the painting I did on the shoe and legging fabric to give a three dimensional appearance. I used liquid acrylic paint for the highlights. I have found that to be my best paint for highlights on dark fabric. 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"No Hitter" Background

  One of my favorite things about this piece is the background. I like how it makes him look like he's high up on the mound with a big sky behind him.

To make the background I pulled out about three different blue fabrics that reminded me of sky. These pieces were cut into different shaped squares and rectangles. The placement of the pieces is a trial and error process. 

This is one iteration. I place the ball player next to the background so I can see how he looks next to the fabrics. It is important to have enough contrast to allow the ball player to stand out.

 Another iteration is shown here. This one is pretty close to the final version. It's time to move on to the grass and mound!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

"No Hitter" - Progress Photos

  This is my most recent portrait piece and I'm calling it "No Hitter." It is based on a photo of my nephew Shane when he was in little league. Here is the photo that I have based it on:

This photo was taken by one of his parents.

I took the photo and traced a line drawing from it. I enlarged the line drawing and used that as my pattern.

My first step is to paint the exposed body parts. I use white cotton fabric for that. Here are some photos of the painting process:

It looks pretty ugly here, but it improves as you keep going.

Here is my palette:

After all the body parts are painted it is on to the clothing. I used a commercial fabric and enhanced it to give shadows and highlights. Here is a photo showing the shadows on the pants:

I'll show more on this art quilt process in my next post. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, March 25, 2019

"No Hitter"

I've continued working on my portrait style pieces, and for the time being I'm focusing on sports or people in action. This is my latest in the series:

I call it "No Hitter" and it is based on a photograph of my nephew Shane when he was in the little league. He's a teenager now, but it's nice to remember his younger years.

It is on my design wall in this photograph. I'm almost done with it, and I like to leave it up while I am trying to decide what else it needs, if anything.  I'll show a few "during the making" posts of it soon.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

"Say Something" Exhibit

"He's All That"

I'm proud to have several of my fiber art pieces in BEYOND THE EDGE FIBER ARTIST'S new exhibit on display at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista, California. The exhibit is entitled "Say Something".  My pieces on display include a few of my "Attitudes" pieces, and my "Waste Not, Want Not" collage. Here is information about the exhibit:


A new exhibit from Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists. 

"Say Something" will be shown in March 2019 at the 

 Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery (Rancho Buena Vista).  

The Gallery is located at 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista, California. 

Phone (760) 639-6164. 

The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 am 

to 3 pm and runs through March 30th.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Beaded Autumn Leaves

Here is another recently completed project:

Beaded Autumn Leaves

It is a small project, about 8" x 10". It started out as an experiment with oil paint sticks and a few leaf templates. I placed the leaf templates on an orange, mottled fabric and traced or filled in around the shapes with oil paint stick. Then I sandwiched it and stitched through the three layers.

The leaf shapes were in my "projects to be completed in the future" bag for a long time. Last year I decided they needed some beading to jazz them up a bit. I beaded along the leaf veins.

 Then I stitched yarn around the edge and framed the piece.

It is now completed and ready to be displayed next fall!

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