Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Crusade #21 From Michelle Ward


Michelle Ward posts monthly challenges - or mini art projects - that she calls Crusades. All of these little mini projects are quite easy - and all are fun. Last month's 'Crusade' was paper casting. This month's 'Crusade' was all about making rubbings. I made this one using Shiva paint sticks on a batik fabric with some of the areas lightly inked in.

Sometimes I feel rather scattered in my pursuit of art- rather like a butterfly trying many flowers or a dragon fly flitting all about. That propensity used to bother me about myself until one day, as I was working on a quilt, I realized that all of these bits & pieces of what had seemed like 'scattery' energy had all coalesced in the piece. Plus, I think that working in different mediums now and then allows me to get a different perspective and an occasional (or more!) change of pace is a good thing for me.

Projects still in porcess include my Einstein Coat - which is really coming along now. The moss green color keep me going and I am having visions beading it when it is done.

I am also working on a large felted bag - using roving from the three fleece that I got from the County Fair last year. The fleece, and their resulting rovings, are a beautiful, creamy white, a deep, almost black-brown and a warm, soft mocha brown. These soft colors are forcing me to work in a WAY more neutral palette that I usually do - and I am challenging myself to use very minimal, more neutral colors as small additions to these three basic fleece colors. I am working in a pattern made up of circles of varying sizes. More on this soon - a preliminary post to follow.

Also still owrking a several small paintings - oh! how I am loving paint. Who knew?!

11 comments:

michelle ward said...

Wow Marie - so cool to click on the photo and see the enlarged detail. It really is fabric! Very lovely colors and pattern. I like that you observed your interest in different mediums is much like the quilts you assemble. No exploration is wasted as each thing we learn gives us a new 'eye', and widens our perspective. Thanks for sharing your piece with the team. It's the first time we've seen a rubbing on fabric. New eyes for us!

Karoda said...

I love how you explore other art forms and do so with such fluidity and sweet results...the baskets are wonderful!

iHanna said...

Michelle! Your wax rubbing is beautiful and a art piece in itself. What did you rub it against?

I'm like that too, jumping around the flowers of art, craft and creativity. I think its coming together (at least part of it) sooner or later. :-)

KathrynAntyr said...

Your finished piece reminds me of the work of Paul Klee. So very intriguing. I can relate to feeling scattered when it comes to my art pursuits. I liken myself to a squirrel jumping from tree to tree where each tree has a different nut and I collect a little from each tree. It is neat to see how all of the nuts come together though. And your work is wonderful.

susan w said...

These are so elegant in their pattern, palette, composition and execution. They should be stretched and hung as is. Extrordinary!

Melinda Cornish said...

I skip around between different things too but I still get a lot finished and so do you! I think it is a good thing and it keeps you from getting stale when there is always something new to incorporate....Love the paint sticks and the fabric...They are fun arent they...by the way, i am sorry to hear about your kitty...It has been rough for you lately...hang in there, Melinda

momto6 said...

Marie - I really love your work. I looked at the larger image and the detail is great! - Nicki

Maj said...

Your rubbings really are beautiful and I love the colours too!

Becci said...

This really was a fun project wasn't it!

Have a great hair day! Becci

tina's space said...

fantastic. i love the colors you have used.

Sue McGettigan said...

How wonderful to see the rubbings on fabric - great idea!

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