Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcome to My World!

Here's another element for the U.N. art quilt. Since the subject is women in war torn countries, I thought I'd add a global image.

First, I printed a map image on my photocopier. Next, I cut out the continents and used a glue stick to stick them down onto some batik I felt had an organic feel. I then drew around them with reddish colored pencil, a blue water-soluble crayon. Then I splattered blueish green acrylic paint over the whole thing, spraying with clear water to soften, then blow dried to keep things from spreading too much, as can happen with paint on fabric.

I'll go over the continent shapes with dark thread to bring them more into focus.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Our view towards Sheep Mountain

Today is December 23, Christmas Eve Eve. It's a pleasant 40 degree day here in the Central mountains of Colorado. There's a snow storm expected, but we find in our little area we often don't get the huge dumps at the ski resorts only half an hour away. It's all topography here. We're lucky we have this beautiful mountain to see out our window. In the mornings as we sip our coffee and wake up slowly, warm pastels of peach and fuchsia creep over our much loved mountain.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Art Quilt in Progress

Latest project is an art quilt for the United Nations Quilt challenge. The theme is "Women, Peace and Security" to bring attention to the hardships of women in war torn countries. My approach is to portray a woman who is in a turbulent situation but dreams of a better life. Elements of both strife and serenity will be in this piece, symbolized by a bare tree, a bird, etc. In the background I'm drawing words freehand and I'll add more layers of color. The face is complete and will have a burka appliqued on to it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Contribution to the Sketchbook Challenge

My "sketch" for the day is really more of a zentangle. Which I guess means it's really a glorified doodle, since that's what a zentangle is!

The Sketchbook Challenge: Sketchbook profile : Jill Berry

The Sketchbook Challenge: Sketchbook profile : Jill Berry: "We'll be posting sketchbook profiles of the Sketchbook Challenge Artists over the next couple of weeks so you can get to know us a little be..."

One of my new transparent collages

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
One of my collages