Friday, November 20, 2015

Around the World Blog Hop - Sharing our Creative Path - Again

I am thrilled that Chris Staver invited me to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop!   The theme of the Blog Hop is to share about our art and our creative process. 
I am a textile and watercolor artist.  I publish articles, curate exhibits, make art quilts from my watercolor paintings, and I love to promote my work and other artists.  When Chris invited me she hoped that you all might enjoy the variety of the work I do. Chris Staver is a wonderful art quilter that did an interview with me.   Find her interview on my blog at:  scroll down to April 2014.   Here’s Chris’ Blog Hop post 9.15.14 -

1. What am I working on?

I am in the midst of a sabbatical to develop a series of quilts based on the theme of stories about people – depicting people doing everyday things.  My favorite subject is people and portraiture.  Here’s my latest piece in process:

We all develop our design knowledge and skill with each art piece we make.  Over the years I have collected books on color theory and design.  As I’ve searched the web for design fundamentals, elements and principles I have found some excellent information.  I have had the pleasure of workshops with Caryl Bryer Fallert and Elizabeth Barton.  When I came across Elizabeth Barton’s book Inspired to Design, I brought it right away.  I was delighted to find her class, by the same title, on Academy of Quilting.  This class helped me work through her approach to design.  Well worth the time and effort – it involved a lot of sketching  In Elizabeth’s class we did various exercises that opened up design development to me, and out of this a new series of textile pieces emerged.  Stay tuned – I plan to unveil my series early in 2015.  It is scheduled for a solo exhibit in the fall and I hope to do a few additional solos throughout the year.  The dead line is approaching!

Another area of skill development I’ve been working on this year is to capture through sketching the subjects that inspire me:  buildings, landscapes, flowers, cityscapes and people.  I want to embrace them all in my sketches.  So, this has led to Art Journaling.  My sketchbooks are little bites of experiment, exploration, learning and playing. They are not intended to be a finished piece to frame – though they might inspire a full sized piece someday.  It is a “no harm, no foul” way of arting that I love.  And, it’s a confidence builder!  I have met great folks with similar desires through the Sketchbook Skool online.  Check it out! You might have fun playing this way too.  

Taking a sabbatical from being spread way too thin, scattered to too many obligations has been good for me.  It was timely and the right decision, so much so that I may extend it for another year.  Breaking back has given me time to reconsider where I’ve been artistically, where I want to go and how to go about it.  It has been great to clean out, clear out and redirect my endeavors.  More than one art instructor has told me to “simplify”.  I’m able to embrace “simplifying” now and I’m finding its worth!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? Although I have done traditional quilting, my love is art quilting & mixed media work.  I blend watercolor painting (on watercolor paper) with creating textile pieces in that I use these two areas to inspire each other.

3. Why do I write/create what I do? I write to promote my artwork, and to promote the work of other artists.  We all learn and are inspired by others.  I want to help get that enjoyment out to more folks.  Over the last 2 years I have published 23 Artists’ Interviews.  They are on the Featured Artist tabs of my blog.
My art background was focused on portraiture and I have a large body of work for portraiture.  I am working to expand into people in scenes telling a story.

4. How does my writing/creating process work? I use my own photography for inspiration as well as attending plein air painting outings with painting groups.  I have 2 friends that can really spark and inspire me particularly when I am stalled or in the O hums.  It is wonderful to come away from a chat full of energy and ready to develop my ideas!

Have you ever made an Inspiration Book?  I love these.  A friend was sitting next to me in a club meeting and I noticed her notebook.  It was a small sized sketchbook.  She had glued inspiring magazine photos on to several pages.  I loved the idea and went home to make a few “Inspiration Books” of my own.  I thoroughly enjoyed taking my collection of photos from file folders where they were buried and not so easily accessible and glued them into my sketchbooks.  I started 3 books that day: one for large photos that included cityscapes, seashore & landscapes; one for portraiture; and the last for people and general.  I used small, medium and large sketchbooks I had on hand and wasn’t using because the paper was too thin for my sketching.  So – it worked perfectly for my inspiration books!  Great idea Victoria!  Thank you.  My next step is to add notes describing why I was attracted to the pictures I chose.  I learned from Elizabeth Barton that analyzing in this way (and more) is also an important step in design development.

I need variety.  I usually have a few projects going on at a time.  Working this way helps to keep me inspired and enthused because I tend to get bogged down working on one piece at a time which is usually large.  I also often give away my small projects: totes, small wall hangings, etc.  I have had my fun making them and I enjoy passing them on for someone else to enjoy.

Lately I have been making fabric collage pieces using black felt for the batting finish cut with a decorative pinking blade, fabric I have painted, embellished and quilted.  Here are a couple of just finished pieces:

Linking to talented artists and my friends!
Eileen Wintemute –
Eileen is a watercolorist and fiber artist.  She makes great art quilts in which she includes birds and fish wonderfully well.  Her latest works have included commissions for geologically based themes.  Do check out her work and her blog.  Eileen uses her blog as a teaching took as well.

Judy Warner –
Judy’s art quilts are characterized by bold shapes and delicate detailed stitching. Her handwork similarly reflects a reverence for delicate stitchery expressions.  Judy loves nature and has a passion for travel that is reflected in her art.  Do visit her website and blog – her work is a must see!

Deborah Weir -
Deborah is a fiber artist.  Her current work is comprised of massing, layering, manipulating and embellishing to draw the eye of the viewer to explore more. She uses almost any technique which embellishes a surface. You just have to see her work too!

Would you like to participate in this Wonderful Hop?  Just post a comment below and I will let my invitees listed above know.  They may need tagees for their post next week.  Thanks.

I hope you will enjoy backtracking to discover many of the wonderful artists’ involved in this Hop. 
*Kate Themel:
*Judy Warner:
*Marianne Jeffrey:


  1. It was ever so nice catching up creative endeavors through this blog post, Deborah. Sure hope to see some of these works in person in the future. I already follow Eileen Wintemute and Deborah Weir because I also enjoy their work tremendously; however, your link to Judy Warner's work was great. Absolutely love the variety of her work and especially the glacial flow piece. It is outstanding. Thanks, also, for supplying backtracking to others' blogs. I'll surely visit these.

  2. Very impressive, Deborah. I really enjoyed reading this. It was also great that you included a lot of the blog hop links. I will have to check out the folks you tagged.

  3. Thanks for such a great write up and explanation of your creative work.

  4. Your work is amazing and I envy your drawing talent, something I sorely lack.


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