Cherry Blossoms, It’s Raining Pink!

  • I have been working on a new quilt that has kept me mighty busy. It’s a 4 foot by 18 inch panel. The subject is an old gnarled cherry tree,with the perspective of looking up the trunk of an old gnarled twisted cherry tree to a pink cloud of blossoms.
  • I painted my cherry blossoms on silk and cut them all out. Then I began to applique zillions of the pink blossoms.onto the fabric I had painted for the background. To give the jfinal details and depth, I used thread painting. It adds an almost sculptural element.
  • I will be seeing pink for some time to come.
  • I finished my quilt and here it is.” It’s Raining Pink.
  • This art quilt is from the perspective of looking up the trunk of an old twisted cherry tree. It carries the scars gained from many years. As you look up you see a cloud of pink above. Your eyes follow the slow drift of a pink petal as it finally reaches the ground below your feet, that is  covered with pink. Is it raining pink?

It's Raining Pink- detail

It's Raining Pink

perfect pink blossoms cover the limb




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Barbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach
Art has always played a role in my life, in one form or another. My family is filled with many artist's, so my love of art came naturally.
By my teens, I had narrowed my focus to painting. I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild at 15, the youngest member at that time.
I've continued to paint throughout my life. On occasion I've sold my work, but I had more important priorities, I was raising my children, part of that time as a single parent.
My circumstances have changed, the kids are grown and I have more time for Art. Art is a form of therapy for me.
I was introduced to quilting & fell in love.
In time I missed the creative freedom painting made possible.

Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home.
It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads.
My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. I make creative decisions, choices, directions to take as they present themselves.
This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise!
Sometimes everything just comes together & I think to myself, "this is one of my better ones". when that happens, I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.

I’ve had work published in several magazines., which is gratifingvl. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased quilt.

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  1. Anonymous

    I just came across ur page cause I too am changing my dining room into a studio! I love love love ur work, you are an amazing artist! Great job Barbara!


    • I’m so glad you found me, I’m just starting a series on this, maybe it have something useful. Please share any ideas you come across with, and help us out. I have one work of the best advise I can give you, think Ikea!!If there’s a showroom near, go, see, take a pad and pen,a lunch and stay the day no kidding!!they have so so many ideas for conserving space. Look everywhere, kitchen stuff, bedrooms, dressers, office. Almost every display room is jammed with ideas so useful if you think of it in another application.They’re affordable,downright cheap, shelving oh that’s the best,boxes, crates hanging baskets. Even if you aren’t in a position to buy, it will give you unbelievable ideas that you can adapt. They have catalogs, ok but not the same as a zillion display rooms. But anywho, I’m sharing some of our ideas, searching the web for more, I’ll start to add some pics next post.


    • There are so many paints available, I like Pebeo Setacolor a lot, the consitancy is perfect for me, but everyones different so…also it has many color choices, which give you more freedom to mix the color that you want exactly, I’m not just saying that because they bought one of my art quilts for a trade show, to demo their use in art quilts! It really is good paint!
      There’s Dyno Flo, but it’s thinner and has a tendency to bleed more. Still it gives a few more colors to fill in. I use it but take into account the thinner consistancy.There is Jaquard, very thick rich color. You will need to do your own color mixing to achieve the color you want, so you you’ll need a palette and good brushes. All these are are water soluble so can be cleaned with water. This also means they caN mixed with each other.Another of my favorite mediums is colored acrylic inks, I love the look. They can be mixed with tthe other paints mentioned.O ne fiber artist said she uses Airbrush paint, so to each their own.One point about silk painting, it is next to impossible to go back and touch it up, over paint or add additional color or detail. The color will bleed all over and it will leave water marks., It takes a lot of experience to do, and it is a trial and error thing you pick up over time. Hope this helps.-Barb [Ask me a simple question, and I rattle on forever]