Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sketches of Alien Bloom

I had to make a couple quick sketches of the "Alien Plant" ... and the photo quality is poor since the lighting a work was not too good ! I wanted to abstract the plant - and like what I got.

I remember years ago I took a class from the inimitable Jane Sassaman called "Abstracting From Nature". It was a wonderful class that I had looked forward to expectantly - but I had such a hard time abstracting .... or maybe it was just that drawing at that time was more difficult for me. I think that was 5 or 6 years ago and now I have a much easier time with abstraction. I am sure that some of what I "got" in the class is finally filtering into my consciousness. That seems to be the way my brain works .. techniques don't seem to "click" until time goes by and I am able to assimilate the information in my own way. Sometimes, I wish I could take a class again with the same teacher to see what I would do 'the second time around'.
Wanda asked if I could make an alien bloom from felt. I had not thought about doing that , but am now! I think it will look wonderful. Thanks Wanda - for the idea !
I should also perhaps mention that if anyone ever has the ability to take a class at the Quilt Gallery in Kalispell Montana you will have one of the best class experiences in your life. It's where I went to take the Jane Sassaman class. The owner, Joan Hodgeboom, is an amazing woman, the staff is the most friendly and helpful I have ever come across. They do everything to make your class experience special. Lunches brought in, class "trips" sometimes arranged (after all you ARE in one of the most fabulous places in the world). I would happily go back yearly if I had the financial means.

5 comments:

Deb Geyer said...

That is a very interesting abstraction. It will be interesting to see what you do with it!

jenclair said...

I like it! Felted and textured, it will be gorgeous!

Sue B said...

Lucky you to have taken a class with Jane. Great drawing, I think it would translate nicely in felt.

PaMdora said...

Love seeing your drawings Marie, Not many quilters have or show them. I took a class with Jane and she said "quilters are too quite to fondle fabric before they've drawn anything." That's what made me stop and realize she was talking about me! That's when I stopped trying to do improvisational abstract and started doing the cartoons!

Exuberant Color said...

I'm so glad you are going to try it in felt.

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