Month: November 2010

Through the eyes of an Artist.

San Miguel Allende… a place I like to be. A place in my heart. I love this picture… I don't kow who the artist is… it was on a wall at a venue. As an artist  there is something special to see around every corner. What does it mean to see the world through artist eyes? It means seeing things quite differently to your friends and family. It's funny… I've always looked at things in the same way. The light on a leaf, the contrast in colors. Filtered light etc…. I thought everyone looked at life that way, but it was on an 8 hour trip home from interstate that I realised how much some folks missed.   I was transfixed by the light and the scenery. When I mentioned it to a friend they just shook their head and said… "looks like any other day to me" It means my brain never shuts off. It means I need to photograph everything I see and challenge the color combination and it also means that I …

Texture.

Today I'm sharing my photos on Texture and colors… As I walked around today, I took photos with the express purpose of achieving texture in the images. Now, just how can you create this image in fabric….? I would begin by enlarging the photo to the size I require. Trace the image onto vellum with a black pigma pen. I would exclude the side walls and concentrate on the wrought iron and the textured cactus fronds nailed to the wall. The picture is divided into two sections…. the dark background to the wrought iron and the cactus leaves in the foreground. For the black part I would possibly use a mottled black that looks a little more like shadow. I love black Maywood "shadow play" for images such as this.  The wrought iron needs to be really accurately drawn.  Lets look at a Mckenna Ryan fabric with a little self texture and then illustrate with a pigment ink pen… that way you get the dimension of the wrought iron and the rust…. I would use …

Mexican tiles and texture…. the quilt.

Sensory overload. That's the only way I can describe today. It happens to me often, but I think today was one of the most amazing days I've ever had. 8 of us went to finalize the payment and delivery of a Lilly Loo. This is actually a view of the loo and the hand basin sitting in the loo. No, it's not mine… but friend Pauline has bought it for her new house. I bought huge platters and as I mentioned the other day… my dinner set. We chose the colors and did the design and it will arrive in a few months…Pauline and I bought the same so if we have a party we can share…. We visited potteries today and watched the entire process of a tile being made  from clay to finished product. It is incredibly labor intensive and it was fascinating watching the artisans at work. The brushes are made from Squirrel fur… don't ask me how they get it from the squirrel. I bought a few to try. In the …

Texture

Working on drawings today… this will be a quilt sometime…. The buildings of San Miguel. Then I had to do this for my homework…. the maid kept throwing out my flower… so I sort of had to guess a little bit. The art is breathtaking here… and I have broken down some of the images into three sections… First of all I'm always interested in texture…. Texture…. you could draw on fabric with a black pigma pen and then quilt on the lines. You could use images similar to this as quilting patterns… ever thought of drawing on the back of your fabric and quilting through the back…. I have actually used a heavily patterned fabric on the back of the quilt and quilted in reverse….quilted the back and the bobbin is the quilting side. Whoops time to go out …more tomorrow…

It's still dark. The air is cool and the beauty of being in a house instead of a hotel room while traveling is that I can get up and work without disturbing anyone. Our friends arrived (after traveling the long way from Houston ) a few days ago and after being on the road for a week  they were thrilled to have a comfy bed and a hot shower. It's been a whirlwind of events and I guess you are a bit sick of   "Views of San Miguel"  hence no blog. On Saturday we visited a city called "Hidalgo" There are dozens of potters’ workshops making and selling talavera—Mexican hand-painted pottery and tiles. You'll find everything from cups and saucers, to giant urns, bathroom sinks, and floor tiles in countless colorful traditional designs. This little pueblo is also where Mexico's national hero, Padre Miguel Hidalgo, cut loose "el grito" (the cry) setting the Mexican Revolution into motion and changing the course of Latin American history forever. On a lighter note, it's also known for its …

Capturing the day, – San Miguel Mexico, day 3.

Woow, I've been frustrated with the download limitations here… I spent the entire day trying to download the latest video.. We're settling well into our environment. This sure seems a good place to spend our Aussie winters and we will seriously think about it.  All we need to do is to transport our family too. sigh!!!!!! We left the house mid morning yesterday, we just wanted to explore the city. The sun was hot on our backs and the pavement is just about 2 feet wide (if that), you have to manoeuvre your way around the light poles to stay on path. I almost stepped into the path of a taxi trying to get past the post with my camera. You pass the most intriguing doors. I know they hold wonderful mysteries behind them and very few yield their secrets unless you get a peek through the partially opened door. The stones are worn and shiny. How many feet have trod this path. What stories could they tell. Buildings of every color fringe the pavement …