Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Water Lily, Pretending Monet--Art Quilt

(Water Lily, Pretending Monet, Art Quilt, Crystals, 8" x 10")

This is a watercolor painting of a water lily on muslin using Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels from Caran d'Ache. Free motion quilting using black thread makes the art quilt look as though it is an ink and watercolor piece. This is my "current" favorite way to produce art quilts. Swarovski crystals are added for interest.


Claude Monet's garden and water lilies at Giverny is well known throughout the world. Monet's work evolved from painting what he "saw" to painting what he "felt." When cataracts clouded his vision, "he painted with the inner eye" that can be compared to the "inner ear" that the deaf Beethoven used to compose his music. When Monet's second wife died, he lost his capacity to "feel," and he stopped painting for several years. (Russell 15.)

For many years, I produced quilts based on what I "saw" from patterns, photos, etc. Maturity, time, and lots of experimentation has brought me to the point of producing quilts that I "feel." This does not mean that producing work from patterns or photos is wrong. It is just a different way of producing art. I believe that the combination of "seeing" and "feeling" can produce meaningful work. Perhaps art that is produced from experiences and emotions connects the artist and the viewer on a spiritual plane. That is the ecstasy and the power of inspiration.


Creating Art Using Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels is my first published lens. This lens is a convenient one-page look at my discoveries and techniques using Neocolor II which I learned from my fiber art and colored pencil art experiments. It is a work-in-progress, and it will have regular updates. Click HERE to read my lens.


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Cited Work:
Russell, Vivian. Monet's Water Lilies, New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1998.

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morningDove said...

I just love you. You are so talented and I love watching everything you create, explore and everybody you touch. What an awesome bloom you are; full of sweet scent and refreshing rain. morningDove

Ku'ulei said...

I absolutely love this art quilt! Wow! Interesting about the Lens and Squidoo too.

Fannie said...

Hi, Dove,
Love you, too.

Hey, Ku'u,
You might consider a lens for your photography business. ;-D