|A recent photo of my granddaughter,|
Mikayla wearing one of her favorite outfits.
Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:
One of the joys of obsessively focusing every free moment on making Siren's Song is that it gives me plenty of time to listen to books. Most of the books I select aren't exactly vaporous but I wouldn't categorize them as weighty, either. I select books for my own enjoyment. Sometimes, like this past week, I stumble upon one worth sharing. I listened to The Art Forger, by B. A. Shapiro.
|Girl in Pink Tutu done in|
the style of Jean Dubuffet.
Can you guess my inspiration?
What is it about The Art Forger that grabbed my attention? Well first of all Shapiro has set the novel in Boston, where I grew up and spent the majority of my adult life. Second, one of the side plots is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist. Third, the protagonist is a legitimate art replicator persuaded to forge a painting. It is that final point that gives Shapiro the excuse to discuss the layering of paintings and how paintings are restored and can be forged that is riveting to those who are fascinated by such things. If you read Girl with a Pearl Earring, then you understand the type of insight into painting that I am referring to.
|Paul Klee did many color swatch|
style paintings to understand how
the position of one color next to another
impacts the colors. I used this exercise
to send a message to Mikayla.
|Every princess needs a castle. This one|
is based on Hundertwasser's distinctive
layered lines method.
1) Create 11 Siren's Song blocks. Came Close.
I actually made 9 more blocks and started 2 more this week. Not bad considering all the "extra" art I crammed in.
2) Free motion quilting practice - No
3) Do some surface design work - No
4) Beware of when I find myself shutting down and find a way to stay open. - Done!
|Siren's Song after nine more blocks|
were created and positioned on the
My goal for next week is to keep the momentum going on Siren's Song. Who knows, I might just be able to make my block quota AND work on other items on the following list:
1) Create 11 Siren's Song blocks.
2) Free motion quilting practice
3) Do some surface design work
4) Beware of when I find myself shutting down and find a way to stay open.