I’m thinking of adding a new gallery to my website. Not sure what to title it. Here are just a few of my ideas:
- Am I Insane?
- You’ve Got to be Kidding
One might think after more than 30 years of quilting, the vast majority of those years creating non traditional work, anything I started would flow gracefully from my brain, through my hands to a pleasing finished pieced. NOT! Instead, I find myself once more taking what appears to be a simple, easy to execute design and being overwhelmed by just how tricky it is in actuality. Really??? Why do I do this to myself?
It all started when I caught our cat basking in the sunlight on the stairs leading to my studio. I snapped a photo. Wow! I couldn’t believe the composition. Now this could be a quilt. A cat on the stairs, really, how hard could it be? Diabolically hard, even though I pared down the image to its essence and went artsy with the palette.
Artists approach recreating a photo image in fabric from a variety of ways. They may begin by cropping the image, or simplifying it to remove extraneous/distracting elements. Once satisfied with the photo it is blown up and printed to the size of the finished work. Depending on how they like to work, it will be printed on paper to be traced or directly onto fabric. Been there, done that and it doesn’t appeal to me.
It Really Works
Instead, I prefer to distill the image further, capturing just the primary lines and shapes. In this case, that means the stairs and the cat. Really, how hard can it be? Well, for this drafting/vanishing point challenged artist I might as well be trying to compete in the Ironman triathlon. Time to call in the personal trainer, aka my husband. He figured out all the XY coordinates for the lines. Then, I took the coordinates and plotted them in EQ8. I had to add a few “supporting lines” so that I could paper piece the pattern.
Lola on the Stairs is beginning to come together after some very harrowing, hair tearing, you’ve got to be kidding days. Phew! Perhaps this is what it means to be an artist. When you are at your wits end, you dig deep and push forward. It is worth it. Really! 🙂 Here’s proof. I finished Monarch Majesty this weekend.
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