Sunday, October 31, 2010

Contour Drawing

Continuing on with watercolor journalling, Jane LaFazio has given us contour drawing this week.  Oh, do I love this, always have!  Releases me from getting too tight and aiming for perfection in rendering.  Just going for it, letting eye and pen be linked by following the form of the subject.  The pen is never lifted from the paper as you go.  Then color is added with paint.

I am reminded of contour drawings that inspired the creation of small journal quilts several years ago.  Here is my process that began from a self portrait blind contour, meaning I did not look at the paper at all during the drawing.  The photo shown is not the original one, but you get the idea. 

I drew into the linear image with watersoluble pastels. Next, I scanned the completed drawing (having first sprayed it with fixative to keep the scanner glass clean), then printed it on the inkjet printer on prepped fabric (one option: Printed Treasures sheets that are printer ready in various types of fabrics). 
This became the basis for the quilts by cutting up the printed fabric and applying as applique with other materials and threadwork for some fun results, as you see below.  Try it for yourself in any subject matter, and let me know how it goes.

"Self Portrait" 2008

"Restriction" 2009

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Leaf Week

So the lesson this past week has been greens and leaves.  Have you looked at leaves lately?  I mean really see them?  Oh my, so complex! The wonder of nature.  The challenge for me is not to try to get all the details right...then I tighten up.  I aim to be lighter with my painting.  I am loving connecting hand and eye again. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Visions Biennial Opening

Over the weekend Quilt Visions Biennial 2010 "No Boundaries" opened at the Oceanside Musem of Art with a number of events.  It is superb exhibit, with wide spectrum of amazing quilts.  I enjoyed the Sunday morning Artist's Walk Through, during which about half of the exhibiting artists spoke briefly about their quilt.  Friends and I went on to a SAQA SoCal lunch at a local restaurant for conversation and delicious food.  In the afternoon the Museum hosted a panel discussion on the topic about balancing art making and life, moderated by Judith Content with panelists Diedre Adams, Gloria Hansen, Jane LaFazio, and Katie Pasquini Masopust.  It was a fascinating discussion....valuable to see the varied styles of working and of work produced...from planned out to intuitive.  Having community and the support of family and friends seems to be a big key.  I know that from my own life as well.  I acknowledge my family and friends with gratitude.  It was an inspiring day.
The exhibit runs until March 13th.  A wonderful catalog is available for those who cannot get there in person.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seeing the Moment

Here are some sketches completed during the Watercolor Journal online class  (through Joggles) with Jane LaFazio.  Really enjoying it!  A wonderful reminder to really see what is in front on me.  Bringing a freshness and appreciation to the little things all around.

You might have noticed that my blog has changed.  I have added more pages to it, a feature I recently learned about (thank you, Jamie Fingal!).  Now I can bring more to this site to share with you.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Internet Overwhelm and More

As I have mentioned previously, I receive Robert Genn's email newsletters which bring in thoughtworthy subject matter for artists in particular and everyone in general.  There was an interesting one this week on the effects of too much internet time...and there have been great conversations going on from that post on the site.  Check it out!    I do personally find that too much time on the computer and internet makes me agitated.  Not only is it due to the visual overstimulation, a huge factor, but also due to sitting too long.   I even find this occurring at the sewing machine.  There the tension comes when I flip from being present to goal oriented (I-want-to-get-this-done syndrome - yes, this can happen to even those of us who practice yoga!).  It is good to set time limits and use a timer.  And remember to breathe!  And you...what do you do to maintain balance?
Fellow fiber artist, Judy Warner, has an informative short video about posture at the sewing machine on her blog which you might find of interest.

Fiberart V Announcement

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fiberart V

Flowing Through   -  20" x 22.5"
© 2009 Linda A. Miller 

I am very happy to announce that my quilt "Flowing Through" is now flowing to its next exhibit Innovations in Fiberart V at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, set to open October 28 to December 4, 2010.  Hmmm....can I get up there to see it?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thoughts on Changes and More

Energy was one of those "needs something more" quilts that has been on my to do list.  I revised it by removing the old binding and then appliqueing the quilt on another background quilt, creating a wider frame.  I did this in much the same manner as I did with Essential Core earlier in the year.   I am very pleased with the results.  What do you think?


New Version

As a side note, the SAQA Auction raised $52,300!  Thanks to all!  There are still some pieces available in the SAQA store.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fiber Art Saturday

With Flowing On

It was a full agenda this past weekend with all things fiber art.  In the morning, the inaugural Westside Quilters meeting was held.  My friend,  Sherry Davis Kleinman , opened the presenter talks with a brief show of her fine work.  Lively and interesting, Carol Taylor was the main speaker displaying her amazing trunk show.  Completing over 500 hundred quilts, Carol  is internationally known as artist and teacher.

Later in the day, I joined guests and other artists at the Quilts on the Wall exhibit opening reception at the Whittier Framery Gallery.  Great job with presentation to all the behind the scenes crew!  Click here to see more.  There are many wonderful works for sale, so come on by!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Quilts on the Wall Exhibit

October 6 - 30 - "Quilting is Art" exhibiting the work of Quilts on the Wall artists (including some of my pieces) at The Framery Gallery, 13105 Whittier Blvd., Whittier 90602. Reception October 9, 3 -6pm.  Hope to see you there!


This week begins the final section of the SAQA Auction with more suberb pieces for sale. So check it out!

I am happy to say "Rivulets" sold, and has found a new home in the Netherlands with artist, Wil Opio Oguta.  Click here to see her fine work.


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