My first small sample piece became my donation to SAQA's Spotlight Auction this March in Philadelphia. It began with a photo I manipulated in Photoshop and then a black and white adaption of that photo.
I used a new tool to create my drawing. My LED light pad from Huion is 18" x 14" and has adjustable brightness. Once my photo was enlarged to the size I wanted it, all I had to do was trace the areas I wanted onto paper.
Because this piece was so small, I found myself using my tiny thread scissors to cut my fabric pieces. I also used my exacto knife to cut pieces and to cut reverse appliqué areas out of the top layers as I built from dark under layers up to the lightest.
The finished piece is called Surf's Up and was sold during the Spotlight Auction.
My next piece was taken from a photo I took last spring of Multnoma Falls in Portland, Oregon. After taking the black and white photo to my local print shop, I enlarged it to 20" square and used this enlargement as my guide drawing directly onto the print with a marking pen.
I used the same techniques to cut and fuse the pieces in this latest piece as I did with the previous one. While I love the look that this work is producing, the tiny pieces are wrecking havoc on my eyes. I don't know how long I can continue to do work with pieces this small.
25 1/2" x 25 1/2"
Completed April, 2016
Commercial cotton batiks, fabrics & hand-dyes; fused and machine quilted
I have another one of these begun which is taken from a photo of the marsh areas in Eastham, MA on Cape Cod. It is a bit bigger and will finish off between 30 and 32 inches square. It's about a third of the way done and I should be able to complete it before summer's end while I begin work on Lady Feather, my next in the series of fantasy inspired nature women.
Here's some of what's coming: