It has been a long time since I posted here. I have not been idle by any means, just “otherwise occupied”. No long excuses, just time to resume and catch up.
Today I am featuring a portrait I have painted and stitched of my 28 year old Dusky Conure Daphne. Daphne began her life with us as a birthday present for our then 10 year old daughter Courtney. I hand fed her, have been her caretaker, and she has been my buddy ever since; out-living all our other pets. She is opinionated, bossy, and hostile to those not willing be a true friend (meaning she bites first). She keeps “young” and active playing with her toys and shredding cardboard cereal boxes.
My inspiration photo was one of a few taken by my photographer daughter Stephanie ( http://sdkphoto.com/ ) of Daphne. I began the portrait in class with fiber artist and friend Lura Schwartz Smith–a very inspirational teacher ( http://lura-art.com/ ). Working with inks and colored pencils on whole printed background fabric, her portrait came to life. I machine and hand stitched her feathers and my hand.
Love her feather colors
Daphne on my shoulder
Seagull Sunset, Sherry Davis Kleinman’s SAQA 2015 Auction Donation
A lone hungry seagull watching me eat lunch at the Malibu Pier was my inspiration for my SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) 2015 Auction Donation.
Watching every bite I took…I had to take his photo.
My 12″ x 12″ piece Seagull Sunset was first drawn and then painted on artist canvas with water soluble crayons, colored pencils, and airbrush paint. See my process below:
Pencil drawing first followed by paint.
Sky and water colors applied with airbrush paint. Hand stitching with pearl cotton on water.
Sunset colors added with water-soluble crayons. Feathers hand stitched on body with pearl cotton.
Edges cut and squared off, quilt sandwich made (top, batting, backing).
Machine quilting of quilt sandwich.
Scallop shells added to bottom border. Individually batted and hand stitched.
Detail of my SAQA 2015 Auction donation
This year’s online auction begins September 18th.
Check out SAQA’s website to see photos of this year’s donations. https://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3325 (My piece Seagull Sunset is on page 7)
Want to see youtube videos of HOW the donations were made? Check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ5BzRvCPgNeMqLMKeMUncg (My video will soon be posted.)
While at the International Quilt Festival in Houston I am looking forward to seeing the exhibit Reflections, Dinner@8′s 2014 exhibit curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jennison. I am thrilled that my piece In Still Water is part of the exhibit. My inspiration was a photo I took while visiting Santa Barbara of a Great Blue Heron wading in a pond.
my photo of Great Blue Heron in pond
I digitally manipulated the photo with an app on my iPad so that it resembled a wood cut; I then printed it on whole cloth, adding Asian fabric letters to set the tone. The piece is heavily stitched with both machine and hand stitching with silk threads.
In Still Water, 24″ x 60″, 2014
The stillness of the Great Blue Heron mirrored in the still water helped quiet my mind from the noise of the day around me. I found myself lost in thought, reflecting “what is and what could be” as I spent hours methodically hand stitching my image. What a pleasure it was to create this piece!
Detail images of In Still Water
Jamie and Leslie have just published a new book called: Women Who Come to the Table: Selected Art from Dinner@8 Artists, featuring selected artists from the past 6 years of exhibits they have curated. I am thrilled that I have been part of their exhibits for the past 5 years. I look forward to joining them in Houston for a real live dinner at 8 with other artists from the exhibit (Yes that is how they named themselves!) It is available through Amazon.