Inspiration from Photos

six views of shadows and trees

Magic Wall, 48 X 48, $1,500

I am often inspired to create art quilts based on my own candid photos. Here are some examples of pieces that started out this way. I am drawn to photos that have good composition and strong contrast of light and dark. I sometimes combine multiple images of a subject to add impact. (Magic Wall also has the added advantage of scale, being 48″X 48″.) My initial artistic decisions are those of scale, cropping, color alteration, and what areas will be abstract or in focus. By the time the artwork is complete I have made many such decisions, both conscious and unconscious. I have no desire to copy the photo. It is just a jumping off place. The medium is also important to me. I think about what colors and textures will best communicate the mood and season of the photos. The fabrics have a lot to say and I try to listen to the interactions. That is why the completed artwork does not look like a photograph, but  more like a painting. I am sometimes commissioned to make artwork based on some one else’s photographs. I enjoy working from candid photos taken outside in natural light. Although I am partial to images of people in relationship to one another, I also love interesting pattern and shadows created by various objects.

Out to Pasture, 23 X 32, sold

Out to Pasture, 23 X 32, sold

Out to Pasture is a piece of farm equipment now rusted and at rest. I sometimes look for an unusual perspective.

four people enjoying golf

Weekend Quartet, 9.5 X 12.5, $110

Weekend Quartet is an example of an out of the ordinary view of golfers.

Is it Good Artwork?

I was recently asked to judge an art show. The art was created by adults, in all media (including photography), from all over the state of Wyoming. The previous time I did this task was children’s art and County Fair. Thankfully in both instances there was a second person judging, making the decisions easier. It… Read more »

If the Power Goes Out

After a week of enjoying 2 hours a day of Spring garden cleanup, Winter has returned for a bit. The power is not likely to fail, but what if it did? Some artists work without power tools of any kind – colored pencil, paint, markers, etc. to render an image, as long as there is day light…. Read more »

Entering the Studio

This week it will be easy to descend into my basement studio, because I am enjoying hand stitching on a large abstract piece. It covers about 1/3 of a ping pong tale and I am exited about the process and the results. I can already see the piece complete, so I am excited to finish… Read more »

Repeating Myself – in a good way

I have recently chosen to create two art quilts comprised of multiple images of wonderful exciting shadows! How many times have I already been drawn to this subject matter? Cosmic Bicycle, Magic Wall, Purple Stroller. Only three times? It seems like way more than this. So… after reviewing my inventory list back to 2003 I… Read more »

Seasonal Artist and Late Bloomer

When are you most productive? I love to work in the garden, specializing in Xeric landscaping, but also growing food crops and tending public places that receive water. Each season has it’s own challenges and delights, that I find enormously and creatively entertaining. Thank goodness I live in Wyoming – a place that really does… Read more »

Creating Abstract Art

For several years now, I have been pushing my art in the abstract direction, even when the image is about a person (and possibly a dog). It is a challenge to retain just enough detail and definition in a snap shot story to give the viewer something to hang on to, and not give them… Read more »

Quilts are cozy

I am a contemporary artist that chooses to work with fabric and present my pieces as art quilts that are hung on the wall. Fabric is tactile, nurturing and comforting; it’s the perfect medium to express themes that are also tactile, nurturing and comforting. My representational pieces are often based around themes of being outside… Read more »


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