Sunday, 22 April 2012

Inspired by .... Vincent

It took some time, but finally my quilt for this challenge is finished. On the first picture it was difficult to see by whom I was inspired. After I removed the tape, finished the quilting and added the binding the quilt looked like this:
Still a riddle? The picture of the completed quilt should solve the puzzle:
My inspiration was Vincent van Gogh and especially his painting of irises. I printed a copy on transparency sheets, removed parts of it and painted these in between parts with textile paint.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Inspired By....finally

At least I'm getting LESS behind!! I've wanted to do this one for a few years. In fact...had already started it and got distracted by other things for a bit. But this theme afforded me the opportunity to complete it and enjoy it all over again.  I was inspired by Victor Vaserely.  This was a significant moment in my artistic journey because it was the first time I FULLY realized just how much I appreciate other kinds of art!! I saw a presentation of his work (online) in an old church. The juxtaposition of pop art on ancient stone walls was so intriguing. Then I found I loved his work on its own. Found his two zebras next.  Now I do love black and white so these were especially delightful to me.  Then I found Markab which he did about 1956 or '57.  It isn't as much of an optical illusion as some of his other work but it grabbed my attention big time. So I decided to render it in fabric (at least as much of it as I could in 12"X12").  Markab in Arabic means "something to ride". And since finding Vaserely opened up a whole new vista for me, I titled this piece "Enjoying the Ride".  As for the process, let's just say I'm extremely glad someone invented those really sharp and tiny scissors!! The white fabric was stitched onto black Kona and then trimmed according to how much black was to show through.  Required a bit of patience but I'm happy with the results.  It still needs a binding (which will be in black Kona) but at least it is done enough to post.

Inspired by Victor Vaserely
"Enjoying the Ride"

Victor Vaserely's Markab - 1956 (or '57)
Oil on Canvas

Now to start DREAMING!!!! 

Friday, 13 April 2012

mandys picture

Mandy,I just love the way this has turned out. The colours too are excellent.Hilary.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

New Challenge - 1st July

Hello everyone. Thanks for giving me the chance to set the next challenge, Wil.
Our next challenge will be:


Inspired by...........................

Inspired by the landscape paintings of Carry Ackroyd.

This particular image is based on a small section of this photo taken some time ago. One of many taken when I was lucky enough to have a ride in a hot air balloon. An experience I thoroughly enjoyed despite being rather nervous of heights.

The addition of the birds is a flight of fancy. I added them since Carry Ackroyd generally adds birds and animals to her own paintings. Techniques used: applique, free machine embroidery, with some bondaweb additions for the birds themselves.

Monday, 9 April 2012

new theme

It looks like I am late with everything this month :-). Mandy, you have the honor to announce our new theme.

Monday, 2 April 2012

thank you

Thank you for the kind comments on my piece.I first became aware of Ton Schultons work when reading a book by Ineke Berlin.I loved Anns quilt The colours are lovely-very watery.I am envious of Irenes machine embroidery skills-what an interesting design.
Next Challenge
Hi Wil What about the theme for the next challenge. I like to leave themes floating about in my mind. I know some people will be late with the April piece but having rushed mine through I now have a vacancy in my head.
Irene MacWilliam

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Inspired by Ton Schulten

I used a photograph taken on holiday in Leicestershire of the local landscape. Ton Schulten's work really appeals to me with his use of colours.