Posts Tagged ‘Color’

I signed up for Leslie Saeta’s 30 for 30 challenge which she is holding in February this year.

I’m tweaking the challenge a little.

Since the challenge is meant to be 30 painting in 30 days, But I’m making Art Quilts. So that’s a big fat tweak right there.

And I’m going away for a chunk of February, so I started making my quilts for the challenge this month, in January.

My theme is to do work I need to get done! Not too sexy I guess. I have a one person show in June, for which I’ll need about 14 pieces. I want them all to be new — made in 2018.

And I’m entering work in two jazz themed shows in April. So I want to get that work done too.

Our first art fair is in May this year, so I’ll want to make a number of small pieces for that. So here is some work in progress. Stay tuned!  I’ll be posting every day in February.Work in progress Jan 18


I had to squeeze in one more before the challenge is over.  This is number 6 in Tree Map, completing the red-violet section.  The final three, on the right, will be yellow-orange, making a triad color scheme. That means they are three colors equidistant on the color wheel.  Like red, yellow, and blue are.

I do recommend that artists keep a color wheel close at hand, and use it.

Next to the last day of the 30 for 30 art challenge!

This piece starts the red-violet part of the tree ring map. I’m going to try to complete the next two today. I used a little different method on this one, backing it on a piece of dyed muslin. That makes it more substantial.

I have to order more stretcher bars, so this photo is cropped to show what it will look like when stretched to 12 x 12″

Cheers to everyone on a winter day from snowy Pennsylvania. Penn’s Woods.


This is the third square of the Tree Map piece. Now I’m going to color shift for the middle three squares.

I got my order of Mistyfuse in just in time yesterday to complete this piece. I’d begun working on another project so as not to waste any time.

I won’t be able to complete the Tree Map for the 30 for 30 art challenge which ends January 30, but I plan to keep posting until it is done. Hate to leave dangling ends! It may not be every day, though, as other work has been piling up this January.

The challenge has indeed caused me to push myself, and I have experimented, as was the intent. I hope the other artists have had the same good experience with this.  Thank you Leslie Saeta for issuing the challenge and keeping up the website.

Tree map 3Tree map entire


I’m following a different idea today.  Later I do want to get back to the humor/fantasy landscapes.

We have quite a log pile, as my hubby works to clear brush and dead trees from our land. Each piece is different, with a unique pattern of tree rings, cut marks, rot, and other markings.

I am making an enlarged image of a tree section from our log pile. It will be made of nine 12 x 12″ quilts, each one mounted on stretcher bars. There will be color shifting involved as we move through the piece.

This is the first one, bottom left. We’ll see if this works!


I haven’t written in my blog for a couple of weeks. The reason is that I decided to challenge myself and make a large Contemporary Art Quilt more quickly than I ever have. One I made in 2010 called “Western Pennsylvania — Oh What a Relief” got into a show here in Pittsburgh and has received favorable comments. It is inspired by a “colored geographical relief” map that shows elevations overlaid by geologic formations. I presented it at a critique and they suggested I make a companion for it. There is a national show I want to enter, and it is a good idea to enter two pieces that relate to each other. I’m coming along well on my new one, and might even get it done in time.  I’m not sure about that! But meanwhile, this is the original piece. Since this picture I’ve removed the white squiggly line on the right (the Susquehanna River, with apologies to its many fans). It got in the way of my composition! This picture shows the piece without its original, distracting border. I rebound it without a border.



Hot Spots

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I just finished a batch of “Hot Spots Too.” They are pot holders made made in a raw-edged applique crazy patchwork design. Some have pieces of Michael Miller’s Dysfunctional Family design. I made 20, getting ready for yART sale June 24. I love to make these!