So I've been thinking about what project I wanted to work on now that my studio is all done. Finally work is slow, the studio is cleaned and I have time to sew. But WHAT?? Lord knows, I have a ton of unfinished projects from all the false starts of the last couple of years. I also have a couple of big ideas in my head for new original projects that I can't seem to let go. Hmmmmmm
One of the ideas is to do a "Mary Blair Inspired" piece that would also have hints of Paul Klee
influences. I've been in love with Mary Blair's work every since our anniversary trip to Disney in 2017 and I made my husband ride It's a small world 4 times....yes 4 times!! (See no wonder I kept him for 25 yrs!) I seem to get a lot of inspiration from master artists because the way I look at it why not steal from the best?!? But is it really stealing???
The answer is a resounding NO!! The art world has always been based on copying from the Greats who have come before you. Why? Because its great way to learn how to successfully use the design elements. And besides that's how THEY learned so why shouldn't you?
Now remember this can extend easily to traditional quilting....art quilting....or both!!
How to be a CopyCat
- Pick an Artist ... Here's a shocker you want to pick an artist that you are strongly drawn to. Research her not only looking at her body of work but also any biographic information you can track down. What was her influences?? Her education??
- Pick a Piece to Copy...Get a good image of the piece. Tons of museums now have Open Access to their collections with great images online
- Analyze The Piece .... Print it out big....locate the focal point...how the artist wanted your eye to move...What draws you the most to the piece....Print it out in grey scale to look at the value placements...look at the palette.....look at the use of light etc etc
- Copy Exactly or Inspired By?? Now you have to decide if you want to copy the work exactly or just let it spur you into a new "Inspired By" piece.
Things I Like
Mountain Crest Gardens. I love to see things grow and since succulents won't bother my allergies, he thought it was a good gift. Well...he...was ...right!!! I got a flat of 2" indoor succulents last week all the way from California and they looked amazing!! So much better than I could get at my local nursery! Plus a flat cost about $50 which was is $2 plant. With the information they have on their webpage I was easily able to transplant them all into my stash of planters (I have about little ones - big ones - weird ones etc etc) and now my house looks amazing!! So far so good, I haven't killed any!!
Also, just a reminder....I will try to answer any comments right in the post's comment section. It really saddened me that I can't get comments in my email anymore so that I can answer them there. You're comments mean so much to me and I really appreciate them and you :)!
So What You've Been Up to Creatively?