Thursday, June 20, 2013

rounding out poodle week

                                                               "Picasso's Poodle"

This is a 12inch X 12inch piece done for an art group challenge. There are six of us, we meet every other month, and make a 12 inch square piece based on the chosen artist. With a focus on texture. This exercise will go on for two years studying 12 artists.
This is last month's piece based on Picasso's style. I did a lot of research on his work, quotes, style and decided since he also had a poodle, that's the way I'd go.

Cubism grew on me through the research. Of course, true to form I think and think until a day before the deadline and work obsessively to get 'er done. I believe having a deadline helps me stop dithering, and just go with it, you know?  My focus on texture is visual texture from different prints together.Plus thick threads, and the Eiffel Tower metal tags.

I chose B&W fabric for the background and developed a method for piecing angles without inset seams. I love the martini fabric, imagining all the artists arguing over drinks in Paris. I did dither over which sections to outline with the couched thread, managed to over quilt it, hand wrote out the quote by Picasso, "Good taste is the enemy of creativity" which makes me laugh! Well it's not exactly velvet Elvis art for sale by the side of the road, but...
I love him!
The next artist is Paul Klee, and he was one of my suggestions. I love his color sense, I like both his squares with letters, and pieces that look like surface design. I have to decide if a poodle finds it's way into this one.

LeeAnna

8 comments:

  1. Yea! You're a blogger! Super start.
    Diane

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    1. Oh good, I hoped you'd visit! I am cyber imagining us sitting at the table chatting while drinking coffee.
      Come back any time!
      LeeAnna

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  2. one of my fav exercises with kids is to teach them an artist - then do a piece inspired by them. I love what they come up with. I took a class at QBL last year inspired by Paul Klee (who knew that you said his name Clay - LOL). My sacred Threads piece came out of that class - love his work!

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    1. I plan to go to Sacred Threads, are you coming down to see the exhibit? I'd love to meet you in person.

      I love Klee too, and was the person who chose him but the others are grumbling...

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  3. Welcome to blogdom! It looks good so far. Love your poodle pictures! I have been blogging since 2008, five years, how is that possible?!

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  4. Norma, I appreciate your visit and poodle enjoyment. I think I might just label the pics POD Poodle of the Day.
    One day I could be saying, five years!

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  5. I am ashamed to admit that although I come from a family of quilters, I know nothing. I get lost in quilt-speak pretty quickly. But, you work is beautiful! I am glad that you are not afraid of color because that is what speaks to me in your work. It makes me feel joy. Thank you.

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  6. What a delightful quilt! Your blog is terrific and inspiring! Now I need an outdoor fountain!

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