After listening to the SAQA webinar “Working in a Series”, I have made the decision to do just that! The talk was very inspiring but more importantly made me think about the direction my art is moving… which was basically nowhere! I am hopeful that working on this series will help me grow as an artist as well as elevating my artwork to a new level. I plan to blog at the end of each week on my progress, my successes, my failures, and my Ah-Ha moments. Since this past week was my decision to begin the series, I am going to share with you what has transpired since:
“Wild Life” is the name I have temporarily chosen. It describes the subject matter but breaking it into two words gives the title a hint of mystery. Here’s the parameters I am giving myself: 1) The series will be portraits of animals found in the wild, 2) 16×20 portrait orientation, 3) Commercial fabric, 4) Freehand threadwork, 5) No photo transfers, 6) Ink staining and paint allowed.
This first animal portrait is taken from a photo by Richard Spratley, a wildlife and nature photographer (Mountain Meadow Photography). Richard graciously gave me permission to use this photo of a Grizzly Bear taken in Yellowstone for this first quilt.
Since I am working on a portrait series, I cropped the photo:
This quilt was started by a simple line drawing over a 1-inch grid and it is developing from there. I don’t think it will be finished for a few more weeks, but so far, here is my progress: