Saturday, August 13, 2005

Dia #2 a Salon de Tommy

A recreation of Tommy's devastating-to-my-diet-dessert, sans nuts. After eating that I became a helpless blob of blubber and had to retire to my room. I am certain I snored. However I was miles away from earshot, so there is that.

Next morning Frieda rose with Vigor and insisted on walking on the beach before breakfast. ( I didn't realize Vigor was invited.) The sand had these delicious wave patterns and I was inspired to take these pictures, and enhanced the one below to emphasize the lines for your benefit.

On our drive from IL to IN Frieda had given me a good talking-to about my art and her advice was just what I needed. The short version is that I need to make my art more personal, whatever that means, and my direction can be better found if I return to the sketchbook everyday and allow my thoughts to flow onto the page. I agreed and funny thing, I almost brought the sketchbook with me on this trip. hmmmm.
For the day we had all planned to work in the studio and with ideas which were quickly abandoned in favor of other stuff that sprang into the brain at that moment.
Tommy showed us some fabric she dyed in a workshop and noted that the patterns she dyepainted were never going to be used in her work, which made them up for grabs.
Grab we did! I found some neato fabrics that looked like stones and gathered up coordinating fabrics that would go into my day's creation. Frieda also went nuts over some purples and Frieda Greens and laid them out on the floor for her project.

Tommy already had work on the wall and was happy to return to it, while wearing her dog Mazy on her shoulder. This is from her series (I am jealous) of ring designs. We plan on making this a duo entry in some future quilt show. I will do the quilting on all that black! Omigod...
For my design, I fused up bunches of Tommy's reject fabrics, and then proceeded to use others instead. I am ashamed. I am sorry. Tommy is not. She takes generosity to a new level.
I started doing this piece horizontally and it looked too much like a landscape, when I really was going for the lines on the beach, as noted in the pictures above. So since it was not doing what I wanted, I cut away almost everything but the lines, and turned it vertically and saw that it was working much better that way.
I am not happy making pictures that the viewer can immediately understand. To me this stops the dialogue between artist and viewer. I prefer to make something that causes the viewer to use her imagination and bring her own opinions to the piece.
If she can't invoke her imagination by the image I present, then I have commited non-art.

Surfline

19x22"

I was using Tommy's Rowenta Surfline iron to fuse this, hence the name. Funny how this all connects with the actual surf lines on the beach. Spooky? Not exactly. More like a gift from God.

13 comments:

  1. Ooh I like your Surfline picture. It reminds me of broken spiral shells; the ones with the lovely pink insides. When we used to find them on the beach we called them Momentos as they would remind us of a glorious moment in a day spent by the sea.

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  2. Beautiful! Delicious! I love the serendipity of the surf line photos, Frieda's talk, and the iron. Does this piece seem more personal to me because of all the background information? I'm not sure, but I love it.

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  3. What WAS that dessert?

    I love the earthy colors of the new piece and the surf lines. It's peaceful and medatative. Painterly, too.

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  4. As Sonji said, I like the earthier tones of this piece - a departure from your usual bold, saturated primary color palette. I wish I had a friend like Freida! (Not that I don't have great friends!!)

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  5. So, am I the only one interested in the dessert? What is it? I also want to know where are your toe and heel prints in the line of the surf? Instead of a signature? Love the photo and love the quilt. How neat to share that creative time with like minds... once again, green with envy!!!I know I would snap out of it with a bite of whatever is in that pig!!!

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  6. Serendipity, Melody, serendipity happening for ya! Love the piece you've created!

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  7. The dessert was caramel crunch ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and crushed walnuts.
    Superyummy

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  8. Love Surflines. My favorite part are the subtle horizontal likes spliced for the border. Aren't you clever?!

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  9. This is gorgeous, Meloday! The colors are very calming, just like the ocean. Thanks for sharing your creative genious once again!

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  10. Ah yes....of course slender little Tommy would come up with such a wonderful dessert.

    Great to see Maizy! She is such a sweety. Well, and Tommy too.

    And I love the piece. Not one I would pick out of a group as *Oh...that's a Melody Johnson* but a very nice direction!

    teri

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  11. (gasp). Must have that pig bowl! Where can I buy that???? And Surfline is amazing too.

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