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This is the total of what I got done in January: 27 art quilts in 30 days, participating in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days, international art challenge.

Each piece is not linked to its “day.” <sorry!> Day #1 is top left, and it continues left to right along the top row. All the way down to the bottom right. The Tree Map piece is pictured as it is now, incomplete, with 6 pieces.  It will have a total of nine. You can go to my blog to view each piece, and read about its inspiration.

I was going to leave out the demonstration sample from my art quilt class, but then stuck it in anyway so the number would equal 27. It is tagging along at the bottom right.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this, especially my fellow Art Plus Gallery members, Karen Weber and Gloria Urban, and Sue Goodling.

I hope everyone has a great year making art!

30 days total

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Yeah!  This is the last day.

I had hoped to maybe get two 12 x 12 squares of the Tree Map finished today, but I didn’t, quite.  They are small, but take extra time because of the hand stitching on them.

I like the look of today’s piece, the central one, the best. I now have my method down, and this one has such an interesting pattern of rot, in the center of the tree, where I guess it would be! I’m using layers of Mistyfuse to hold together thin layers of fabric pieces, cut up plastic bags, and paper. Some of the Mistyfuse layers are painted.

I should note that I haven’t had professional photos of these pieces — just me and my camera in different lighting conditions. When it is done it will look better!

When I started the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge I hoped to maybe complete 20.  In the end I think I did 27, and am pleased. Two of these were crafty items — not really counting as art — but they took up as much time. In the beginning I had a head start, using some pieces I’d almost completed in December.

But then I got into a work rhythm (I hate to use “frenzy”!) and worked long days to complete an entire quilt each day.

I’ve almost kept up with my volunteer, arts organization, work during this time. But some tasks will need to be caught up in February.

Cheers to everyone who participated in this challenge.  And thank you Leslie Saeta for organizing 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.

http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com/

Tree map 3Tree map entire

Usually life in the country is peaceful.  Except when it’s not. The children are escaping from the house, the new neighbors don’t look too friendly, mom is having trouble starting the truck, and even the mail service is starting to getting hinky. Oh dear!

This one was inspired by the title of a show I want to enter.  It is called Turmoil.  Similar to the show about borders and boundaries, this one first made me think all kinds of dark thoughts concerning today’s headlines.  But then I determined to give the poor juror a laugh and create something more lighthearted.

The title is “A Troubled Day in the Country.” It was a three-day effort because it is bigger — 25.25 x 30.5″  OK it’s not the biggest art quilt in the world, but it is bigger compared to the ones I have been making for the 30 for 30 challenge.

In my neck of the woods there are many self-described “horse people.” I bought some fabric from one such “horse person” at the flea market.  This is the first piece made from her yardage that called to me.

I know enough about horses to appreciate that talking on your cell phone, or heaven forbid, texting, is an absolute no-no while riding.

Except of course in my fantasy where people are doing exactly that, and enjoying it very much. The item in this piece that I observed while walking about is the funny little man in the top hat, holding the lead to the big horse.

The title is “Distracted Riding,” and the size is 15.5 x 19.25″

Be sure to check out what others are accomplishing in the 30 for 30 Art Challenge.

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On to tomorrow!

We live at the base of a mountain, and especially during mulberry season, often speak of “evidence of bear.” Meaning, well, let me just say that the “evidence” is full of mulberry seeds and of a specific shape and consistency.

In today’s fantasy, entitled “Evidence of Bear,” the bear (another neighbor’s lawn ornament), is hard to miss. I think he has his eye on the delicious looking fish atop the house.

The size of this piece is 15 x 18.75, and again I’ve started with a background of plastic bags, and tulle pieces which gives a feel of watercolor washes.

Let’s see what happens today. Be sure to check out what other artists are doing at http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com/