"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Catching Up

I've had a productive week, just haven't found time to post. Here's a look at what's going on:

This is my second piece done on canvas, in the same fashion as the ferns. In Guatemala there are these gorgeous flowers than hang off the rooftops like icicles. They were my inspiration for this painting.

In the Elements in Fabric class, after I made the water piece, I attempted a fire piece. The objective was to create a forest fire. I tried twice and just could not get it to look right. Maybe I didn't have the right fabrics, but it wasn't worth going out and buying more. So, I dumped all sorts of sparkly stuff on top, covered it with a layer of tulle, and stitched it together. Then I cut it into a circle and made it into a big bronze sun. I love it! The background piece is a fat quarter that I've had for a while, and it finally found it's purpose. It's quilted, but I'm still planning to embellish it with beads and fibers. I'll post again when it's done.

I swapped 1" charms with about 30 people around the world. They are all just beautiful and I decided that I needed to find a way to display them. This is also a work in process. I am going to mount it on a wood frame so that it stands away from the wall and the charms hang freely. I only wish I could have included all the charms on the piece.

Finally, you never know when inspiration is going to strike! Last night for dinner, I dumped a can of black olives into a blue and white bowl, and it was gorgeous! So my next adventure (when I finish with all my current adventures!) is to design a piece using cobalt blue, black and white.


Dianne said...

What a great idea Michelle - to hang the charms freely!! I was thinking of glueing mine onto canvas, but this has got me thinking. Thanku!!

~Vix~ said...

Michelle I love your new pieces as well as your inspiration! Ohh why not double up the charms in random spots so that you can put them all in the piece on display? Just a thought. Hugs, Vix

createchaos said...

michelle, i LOVE the olive photo, i really like the way the flash adds a highlight of blue/white to each one, matching the dish. cool.