Thursday, June 20, 2013
rounding out poodle week
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.