Today is My Day on the month long Blog Tour of Martha Sielman’s latest art quilt book called Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits, published by Lark Books.
Her books** are a “MUST HAVE” in your art library. Lark Books is giving away a copy of the book as part of this blog tour. Please respond with a comment to my blog by June 28th (one week from today) with your email address (so I can contact you to get your mailing address). I will pick names out of a hat and one lucky person will receive their own copy.
(**Check out her other volumes too–Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World, Master Art Quilts, Volumes 1 and 2)
I am honored to be one of the 21 featured artists Martha has chosen for her book. What I have loved about each of Martha Sielman’s art quilt books is that the reader gets to really know each featured artist with an in-depth interview with accompanying photos of each artist’s work. In addition there are many photos of individual works of art from the “Who’s Who” of portrait art quilters (over 100) from around the world today. It is a treasure trove of inspirations for artists and non-artists alike! It is a book you will come back to again and again.
Posing with my interview in Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits book, page 46
Portraits of people have always fascinated me. As a child I would copy photos of famous people I saw in magazines in pencil. As an adult I have “graduated” to life drawing classes, preferring to interpret the figure from an artist model with a wide variety of media, from paper to fabric. I am intrigued by the face and the figure, the expressions and shapes. I love to watch people, guessing their stories of who they are or what they are doing. I strive to pull my viewer into my images of every day moments, so that they can relate to what I have created. Each person will bring their own story to what they see in my work. I create a scene for the figure to live in and to tell a story.
Girl in Blue Stockings, 22″w x 25″h, 2010
I am excited that two of my pieces (not in the book) will travel this fall as part of the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ (SAQA’s) People and Portraits Exhibit. Girl in Blue Stockings is one of the two from the exhibit that will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October, and continue traveling to other venues.
Girl in Blue Stockings, detail
In this detail image, you can see some of the many layers of stitching I used to create textures and layers that are integral to the finished piece. I painted the woman’s image on raw painter’s canvas (no gesso) that had an initial layer of meandering machine stitching that I then painted over. I continued to add more layers of stitching and more layers of color (water-soluble artist crayons) until I had built up the amount of color I desired.
Please leave a comment to have a chance at owning a copy of this inspirational book…and I encourage those of you who do not win, to order your own copy. Each page is “eye candy” that you will go back to time and time again!
Below is list of others on the blog tour. Check them out too!
Blog Tour Schedule
June 4th – LarkCrafts.com
June 5th – Sarah Ann Smith
June 6th – Maria Elkins
June 7th – Laura Wasilowski
June 9th – Katherine McNeese
June 10th – Cheryl Sleboda
June 11th – Linda McLaughlin
June 12th – Kathy Nida
June 13th – Marilyn H. Wall
June 14th – Janice Paine Dawes
June 16th – Pamela Price Klebaum
June 17th – Deborah Boschert
June 18th – Lisa Chin
June 19th – Sue Bleiweiss
June 20th – Leni Wiener
June 21st – Sherry Davis Kleinman
June 24th – Cheryl Lynch
June 25th – Lesley Riley
June 26th – Stephanie Forsyth
June 30th – Pat Kumicich