Posts Tagged ‘humor’

I work in a series by natural inclination.  After I’ve finished a piece, it makes sense to me to keep going with an idea as long as it still interests me. I see if there is a variation that I want to try, a different technique, or just push an idea a little further.

But after listening to a lecture by Kathleen Loomis at the recent SAQA Conference (Studio Art Quilt Associates) on this topic, I picked up on something new to me.

She posed the question: how many series to do you work on at once?

And — oops — I had thought I had to finish (exhaust) a series before starting something new.  It felt, well, disloyal to an idea to leave it hanging to pursue a new one.

Now, since I understand that it’s “OK” to work on more than one series, I’m doing just that.

Here are three pieces I just finished.

The first one, “The Right to Arm Bears” is the upteenth in a series I started in January of combining photos of objects in my environment to create imaginary landscapes — often humorous ones.

The second one is maybe the third in a series of “old wood,” inspired by our humble wood pile here on the farm. There are more to come of these for sure.

And the third one is the first of a series of using bits of plastic toys. There are so many at the flea market I visit every week.  Perhaps they were once loved, but are now discarded. I’m thinking of the series as “throw away nation.” And my thoughts also drift to the waste of human lives, not just tons of plastic, due to racism or wars. Hey — I do have a serious side, but don’t tell anyone!

I was so pleased to learn that a piece of mine was accepted into Turmoil, a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibit.

According to the Prospectus: “Turmoil is defined as a state of great disturbance, confusion or uncertainty.  It can be personal and internal, societal or natural.

“This exhibition features work that depicts chaos, discord, imbalance and tumult. Artists were requested to explore the meaning of turmoil in their own lives. The works selected represent turmoil through color, line, and composition.

“Turmoil is scheduled to debut at IQF Houston along with Tranquility: Turmoil will be hung in the exterior space created by paneled walls, with Tranquility in the interior space. This environment will mirror the chaos depicted in these works. Artists were encouraged to consider submitting a piece for the exhibition, Tranquility, as well, addressing in art, the antonym and direct opposite, of their personal interpretation of Turmoil.

“Juror:  Kate Lydon

“Kate Lydon is the Director of Exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and oversees the installation of exhibitions mounted at SCC’s main Strip District gallery and at the One Mellon satellite gallery in downtown Pittsburgh.

Mother Serves the Turkey II 31 x 26.5

M Ressler Mother Serves the Turkey

“EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX: October 2016
International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois: April 2017
Quilt, Knit, Stitch – Portland, Oregon: August 2017”

I thought I was making pieces for this exhibit during my “27 Art Quilts in 30 Days” hyper effort during January of this year. But my measurements didn’t match the show’s requirements, so I remade the original two, plus one more, the next month, still in time to submit.

It was one of the ones I made twice that got in: Mother Serves the Turkey II.  Note to self: its a good idea to make a piece more than one time.  You learn things!  This version is better than the first one.

This piece has a narrative: “Everything is topsy-turvy.  Usually when Mother ‘serves the turkey’ she roasts it for others to enjoy eating.  Today however, she serves Mrs. Hen Turkey her favorite food, watermelon. In addition, Pony has gone on strike, leaving Turtle to pull Baby in the Wagon. Is there a war going on in the background? I can’t keep track of which one it is.  Oh dear, are they shooting at the artist?  She is oblivious.”

 

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

Mother is walking the squirrel, Mrs. Turkey Hen looks for her baby, who is next door trying to learn to read. Meanwhile Banana man checks on the weather, while the children play.

Another one in the series of life in the country, as it isn’t! The title is Curious Happenings, and the size is 15.75 x 33.5 This was a one day piece, albeit all-day! I’m using the same technique of pieces of plastic bags overlaid with tulle, or sheer fabrics. The original photos are printed onto cloth, and the commercial cotton pictures are backed with Mistyfuse and “fussy cut.”

Only five days left!  I might change direction today.

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/