Do you ever wonder where artists find inspiration?

With fiber art quilts, as with any other art form, many wonder “Where does the artist get his inspiration?” What I find photographs can serve as a helpful tool in that regard. When I take one that I think would make a good fiber art wall hanging, I store it away in my inspiration box so to speak. I like to savor it, imaging what kind of an art quilt could be created from it.

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We went somewhere, in a toy plane!                      

 

 

We recently took a trip to see family.

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We set out in a very tiny plane.

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Do most people actually fit into this narrow isle?

 

Planes have gotten a lot smaller these days. We were in no position to complain, we had found a budget flight, we didn’t expect to be seated in first class, still we

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 Banish Winter Doldrums, Bring Spring Indoors and Advise on Buying Art.

Continue reading ” Banish Winter Doldrums, Bring Spring Indoors and Advise on Buying Art.”

Hot Air Rising

This is one of the art quilt I started a little while back “Hot Air Rising”. I thought I’d post the result. This silk painted fiber art quilt is a combination of oranges and dark blue. I threw in a touch of copper and gold metalic. Lately I’ve been just mad for orange and dark blue. They look fantastic side by side.  

                                                              Here’s the finished art quilt.

 

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Detailed view-Hot Air Rising

 

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Out of the Blue!

Out of The Blue

I was contacted by the editor of Art Quilting Studio magazine recently. At the editor’s request, I submitted a couple of my art quilts for consideration to be published in an upcoming issue. I’ve been contacted before and had an article about me and one of my art quilts published, so I was hoping to be included in another issue.

. When the second editor contacted me just informed me that my art quilt WAS accepted for the the upcoming issue, I was thrilled!.Continue reading “Out of the Blue!”

Orange and Blue, Hot Air Rising

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I’ve been pretty busy last few months working on a commissioned piece. I really enjoyed working on it and I’m happy with how it turned out.

I took a moment to catch my breath and now I’ve started a new art quilt. It’s an abstract this time.

I love the colors orange and dark blue when they are used together. They set each other off and look awesome. When I painted the silk I wanted to feature those two colors in deep rich concentrations. I also added some elements of metallic gold and copper in there.

Here are a few shots of this new quilt in progress. It’s an abstract. I’ve finished the the applique and begun the thread painting. I want a very linear look.

 

 

Confessions of A Thrift Store Addict

I admit it, I love thrift store shopping. I don’t know why this admission is a bit embarrassing. It’s true, I enjoy it. It’s a treasure hunt, you never know what you’ll find. That’s part of it’s appeal. When you discover something unexpected, that you just love, it feels like you won the prize.

These little vintage playing cards are my latest find.Continue reading “Confessions of A Thrift Store Addict”

The Finished Quilt, in it’s new home, Australia

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Here’s the royal poinciana

“Here’s The Finished Quilt”

Now that this art quilt is completed, I’m going to share a few more photos of it, in it’s final form. Many of the elements in this quilt will look familiar, because I’ve been posting photos all along, showing it’s progress as I’ve worked on it.Continue reading “The Finished Quilt, in it’s new home, Australia”

The Finish Line in Sight

It’s been months of work on this large new commissioned quilt and I am just about finished. I’ve gotten a lot done since my last post about it and will show you a few of the most recent pictures and my next post I show you the finished quilt.

It’s around 50″ wide. The fabric was painted, then appliqué was done, covering almost the entire quilt top. Finally the extensive thread painting  was completed. I’ve nearly finished the quilting. Almost at the finish line and leaving for Australia to rest in it’s new home, the office of the psychologist who commissioned the piece.




A Look Over My Shoulder, Work Continues On My Latest Commission.

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I’ve made some real progress at this stage, as the photo reveals.

I’m posting a few pictures along the way, as I work on my latest art quilt commission. Feel free to look over my shoulder if you’d  like to follow my progress  along the way. As I mentioned in my last post, this art quilt was commissioned by a psychologist in Australia. The subject she chose was an exotic tree called the Royal Poicaat. It was completely unknown to me, but that was about to change. I scoured the web searching for photos and any details that I could find. What I found was a gorgeous tree.

Looking at so many images of this unfamiliar tree. I wanted to feature some of what I felt were it’s most interesting traits. Rather than doing a whole tree which would not show a large enough view of  these traits. I choose instead to show several branches drooping down from the  upper right side showing some of it’s curving limbs, amazing flowers and the leaves that looked like fern fronds.

.A few sketches to get a feel for this tree.


More pictures later as it comes along.

I Never Knew, So Many Wonderful Things Waiting To Be Discovered

If you’ve noticed I haven’t been around much, lately. I’ve been keeping mighty busy working on a new commission from an Australian psychologist. To

She has given me a very interesting project. My client wants a large art quilt with a beautiful Australian tree called a royal poinciana as the subject.

 I’d never heard of it, so the search began.What I found was a gorgeous tree! When in full bloom it is covered with masses of bright orange/red blossoms. The flowers are so pretty!

This tree has some interesting characteristics, of course the first being those fantastic flowers. It has long twisting limbs, curving  in many directions. Those limbs can form unusual shaped trees. Then there are the leaves, which look like fern fronds.

The next step was drawing some practice sketches to get a feel for the tree

 

I decided that I wanted to place the focus on those beautiful flowers. When the tree is  blooming, great bunches of these red/orange flowers cover the tree. I have a few branches hanging down from the right side. This tree is just beginning to bloom.

At this point in working on this art quilt, it doesn’t look like much….yet. Often created work when seem mid way, will look much different completed

.I’ve made a lot of progress on it more than I’ve shown here.

If you’re interested I’m going to post a few progress photos as it moves along.

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