The picture is rather boring and certainly not what I would create a piece of art from. But when I changed it into a painting with the help of the iPad. Voila.
Its much more interesting. The colors are broken up for me. I really like the direction of the paint strokes in the ceiling and it forms a great frame of my face.
The turquoise from the glasses migrates to the face and adds interest.
If I decided to create this as a Textile image I would find, or create my own fabric to match the color depicted in the painting. Layer, upon layer of fabric fused down and stitched at the angle depicted in the painting. Can you imagine how great this would look in a 6 foot wide quilt. It would probably scare heck out of the viewer to see this strange lady staring down from the wall.
This is another image I translated from a photo. I was in the desert on a photographic shoot in Dubai and the red and white head scarf against the warmth of the sand background looked wonderful. This image was also done on the iPad using the app Waterlogue.
I love the way the paint has flowed into the background giving a soft effect to the image. I would do the eyes, nose and mouth in very intense, realistic thread painting and leave the ears and the other areas sketched minimally with thread. At this stage I’m not sure if I would stitch it in grey, as if it was a pencil line, or black.
These images are all from my library of ‘suggestions’ stored in my computer for future reference.
These are a pair of small children slippers purchased in Bangkok. The shoes were sitting on the window ledge in my hotel. I just had to snap the image and voila, they have become a piece of textile art. I used the app Sketchmee2 in the iPad the Sketchmee app on my apple desk top doesn’t give me as many choices as the iPad.
In fact, this piece is made up of two images.
If you look at the first picture of the shoes you can see that once changed with Sketchmee 2, the shoes lost a lot of definition, so I printed tow image, a realistic one for the shoes and the background created in sketchmee 2 and I placed the realistic image over the other slippers.
I always have a vision of the completed work before I begin to stitch, but it doesn’t always end up that way. This piece is a testament to that. I listen to my work, and react to the individual voice.
Finally the finish piece. The background was designed by the app Sketchmee 2 and the slippers were realistic. Thread painted with Aurifil thread.
These are more images from the file of …. ‘maybe’ however, just working through the process stimulates the ideas.