Thursday, June 29, 2006

International Post Your Drawings Week

I just made that 'week' up, but I think it is a grand idea, or I wouldn't have declared it. My pal Laura Wasilowski just posted the drawing of the piece she is currently creating, and it is spectacular. The drawing I mean. I haven't seen the quilt, but I would guess it is also spectacular.


Lots of quilters enter the field because they like the geometry of quilting and don't have to draw anything to make a great quilt. I agree, but something happens to a lot of them along the way and they decide they want to make a picture. That's where things get dicey.

It's one thing to want to make a picture, and another thing to make a quilted picture and not mentioning any names, many of them suffer from the inability to draw.
I feel like I am about to start a big brouhaha, but I sincerely want to be an encouraging voice in the quiltworld and suggest...MAKE A DRAWING FIRST.
No. I mean,
MAKE A GOOD DRAWING FIRST.

And consider making one that is copasetic with the product, which is a fabric quilt.
Which means, please don't do a pieced portrait in which the face is quilted.
PEOPLE LOOK LIKE BURN VICTIMS when their faces are pieced.
O now I have gone too far.
Nevermind.

Burn victim.

14 comments:

  1. Oh, these look wonderful!

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  2. oooooo..look what you've been up to. 1,2,&3 are hot even without fabric.

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  3. Amen.
    (You sure do know how to make a point...lol)

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  4. What can you say? I guess you're a fauvist? ;-) Isn't that Hot Flash?

    Dambergert! And no, Steve Martin isn't Peter Sellers, he's good but not that brilliant, but I did like his version of the Pink Panther. I particularly like the Du Berger scene. And I also liked it. I was prepared not to like it but it was funny.

    It's Steve Martin's comedy and you can tell that through out. He isn't trying to do Seller's, which I thought was good.

    So, how is everything?

    Lot's of people signed up for next year. You're filling quickly.

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  5. Hmmmmm...but I really like *Hot Flash*. The sketch pad is going with me to the northland Saturday. I could strangle my niece for scheduling her wedding on a holiday weekend AND having it over 4 hours away (she lives about 20 minutes away). I HATE driving up north (or anywhere else for that matter) on holiday weekends.

    Oh, the *herd* arrived in great shape and now occupies the mantel in the condo. Email to follow- I have internet here now but my email won't go out from here yet. Gotta figure that one out.

    teri

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  6. Awwwww.... She's not a burn victim...But she could burn a hole through someone with those steelie blue eyes!

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  7. diane5:48 PM

    I know from experience that the hot flashes come in several categories. Number one is a "little warm." Then we progress to "is it hot in here or is it me?" Defcon three is when there's a sudden feeling that you're smoldering, possibly just before bursting into flames. Four is when, suddenly, your face takes on that lobster hue and sweat glands you never knew you had all turn their spigots on at once. If someone happens upon you in this state, it's always good to bend over with your hands on your knees, and proclaim loudly, "Boy, what a GREAT workout!" Then the worst (this would be defcon five) is the nuclear meltdown when nothing short of stripping off everything that you happen to be wearing at the time. In the privacy of your home, no big thing. Those other times, though... Pieced faces, burn victims, etc... All symbolic of defcon five.

    I realize this has nothing to do with international drawing week but the quilt "Hot Flash" with her pieced and fierce face made me want to share with hot falshers and non-hot flashers alike.

    Off to the sketchbook now.

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  8. o.k. ouch. I have my nearly finished quilt on the design wall and am finding faults with it that go directly back to the basic drawing. sigh. It is past the point of fixing the part that needs fixing so I will finish it. I like much of it and being that it is for myself - meaning Im not selling it- I will learn from it. I am surrounded by loving well meaning friends and family who fill me with wonderful praise ( I love them dearly but they dont know squat about art ).This is great for my ego but not so hot for my art. I welcome any and all critiques as each eye sees something different then the next.I like your idea of a post your drawing week. LOL next quilt will get the drawing posted AND critiqued BEFORE it gets set to cloth~ sigh. Thank you Melody for making me open my eyes a bit more brouhaha and all! Karen

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  9. Mel, thanks for posting your drawings too. I've noticed that there is a graphic quality to my sketches that I enjoy. Somehow when I add the color (as in turning the sketch into a quilt) the edges and shapes are not as interesting to me. I am distracted by the color. Maybe I should make black and white quilts. Maybe I will!

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  10. Linda Cline1:09 PM

    These are wonderful. I would love to hear how you get past representational to wonderfully stylized like your sketches. I have a hard time trying to get past drawing what I see. Do you start from photos or objects, or did these drawings come straight from the imagination?

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  11. I am so glad you shared your artists of reference with us (is that a real phrase? It is now) It really helped me to make sense of it all-which an annoying habit of mine, trying to make sense of things. I remember Peter Max hahaha!! And I love Laurel Burch! Now it all make sense! I think I will go make a Melody Johnson!

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