I have photos for you!

Last week I did a little bit of work in the studio and more work on the business side of art with the website and taxes. I also finally caught up with photographing my art from the month of January.

I finished this portrait of my daughter. She can be a challenge sometimes and I wanted to convey her "attitude" with this piece. I don't have any plans to do more portrait work- right now I am focused on 3 d flowers, but it was fun to diverge a bit.

"Sierra" cotton fabric (my own original design), quilted with many different colored threads. About 30" x 30".

"Sierra" cotton fabric (my own original design), quilted with many different colored threads. About 30" x 30".

Here are two pieces that I made earlier in the month: 

"Early Spring" 16" x 29", commercial batik fabrics


"Early Spring" 16" x 29", commercial batik fabrics

"Early Spring" detail

"Early Spring" detail

"April Showers" 20" x 14", commercial batik fabrics

"April Showers" 20" x 14", commercial batik fabrics

"April Showers" and "Early Spring" were inspired by the idea of a cold rainy day in early spring. I was thinking of the bone chilling dreary days in early April when I would be cleaning up garden beds when I worked for a landscaper. A little outside of my usual "happy art" inspiration, but I will say the little green sprouts and dark blue fabric do bring me cheer (regardless of the cold inspiration).

I know most people see dried brown leaves and think of the fall, but Oak trees hold on to their leaves until late winter. So, even if you have done leaf clean up in the fall there is inevitably a pile of oak leaves in a daffodil patch in the spring. I can't stand to see the poor daffodils being strangled by oak leaves (you can see in both pieces the sprouts are coming up through the leaves). In the spring I am always stopping to pull the leaves off of the sprouting bulbs.

Love and have a colorful week, Dawn