Finally finished my mega quilt! 80 individual photographs printed on fabric and woven into the quilt using an original plaid design. Photos of my artist wooden models were used as templates for the four characters, which were then appliqued onto silk swatches using some cool Martha Negley designed fabric. They looked a bit naked, even after adding the birds, so I later added bathing suits with a fabric I designed and printed. The quilt is so big (74 1/4" h x 66 3/4" w) I had to do it in three sections then sew the sections together at the end. What's going on in this quilt, you ask? Well, I love California, I love the sun, I love taking photos in my neighborhood on sunny days, and I love birds.
New mixed media piece 14"w x 11 1/4"h. Paper collage with photo of drought dry California soil and wild grass cut up into a plaid pattern and glued on watercolor paper. Paper, digital photograph print, watercolor, gouache, acrylic.
I thought I'd create some interesting art with grandsons Wilson and Cole Taylor when they were visiting, but Wilson only drew a few items on this sheet of 24" w x 18" h watercolor paper. The twins were too busy playing in the creek to do much art. Now that I've finally finished the latest quilt (with eighty separate 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" photos appliqued into it) - more on that later, I thought I'd follow whatever quirky thing manifested itself and do some more work on paper. I ended up with this mixed media piece which includes pencil, graphite, ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic and various papers, including some old printed photos. It represents a lifetime of seeking the Bluebird of Happiness.