Wannabe Art

A place where one old woman shares her daily ups and downs and her attempts at art with strangers and friends out in Internet land.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Lesson 3, Altered, Stitched & Bound

The Mermaid that was Lesson 3 in Pamela Allen's online class has now been slightly altered, stitched, and bound...and this week-end will be embellished. This class was so much fun.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Repaired Grammy

Too fully understand the revisions that have taken place on this Lesson 3 of my online class from Pamela Allen you need to read the previous post.

I made suggested corrections, reworked her face...built a sea turtle out of fabric and hopefully now she will pass muster from the teacher...ot at this stage she is pasted together...no sewing at all...so hopefully I will get the nod...so I can begin sewing.

Got the evaluation and a suggestion...the turtle is as busy as the character in the piece...if we change out the busy turtle with a simple fish...the focus is no longer split between the face and a "Busy Turtle (a turtle that was hard to recognize as a turtle)...the fish is easily recognized but does not compete with the mermaid...this is an easy fix.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Lesson 3 Pamela Allen

The name of the piece....

What Happened to Our Grammy?

This lesson is a two parter...she is really making us work! We had to do a self portrait but had to use designs in the fabric to make the facial features...no realism here! I found that my funky fabric collection made all my facial features look like a clown painting...it was very frustrating. After spending a couple of days playing around with it...I had to glue baste and post on the forum so Pamela could evaluate and make suggestions...after all Part B has to be done and completed by Friday morning.

Here is my first attempt:

After taking photo...she needed something...(yea, I know she needs a real face), so I added a hand...which kinda of balanced her. Pamela feels that we need to allow our subject matter to "fall off" the edges...instead of trying to make everything "fit in" the quilt. I did that with my "Grammy Mermaid's head"...so thought a hand would counter balance her. So here is the new piece with hand.

Will post comments and suggestions made on my piece later after I receive them...now it is off to do part 2.

Got my evaluation...it is so obvious NOW....shoulders aren't wide enough ...check out head in ratio to shoulders...The arm needs to be longer..."ocean" background needs more contrast....and the advice she gave me on the face...really makes the whole piece look not so clown like...am hoping I can do the face justice like she did.She takes our work into photoshop and shows up in a picture along with detailed advice what she is suggesting...here is the picture...

Stay tune for my revisions.