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Quick Show and Tell

Quick Show and Tell

In my September blog post, I showed you many examples of artwork inspired by relationships with people, animals and place.  Two of the photos I shared then, are now small pieces of art. The first step in my work process, was to do a lot of editing. I limited the number of fabric choices, I removed unnecessary details, and I altered the placement of some of the background values.

Winter Stroll

In Winter Stroll, the original reference photo had more stuff behind the figures, including a speed limit sign and a more obvious curb. I removed these, but felt that the composition was better with the street light left in. If I were to create this image in a much larger size, I think that the 15 mi speed limit sign would add to the idea of the relaxed pace of these walkers and dogs.





Sisters was a gamble with color changes. Would these girls wear the new colors that a selected? I wanted to capture the original feeling of the photo, but add something a little special to keep your interest.

Bea and Teddy




Bea and Teddy is all about the light and shadows. I used exagerated original colors, and simplified the far backgroud rhythm and the shadow bits in the road and grass. Here’s the photo for comparison.




Cranberry Pancakes- Put one c. of fresh cranberries in a covered glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Add 1/3 c. oats and 2/3 c. water, cover, and microwave for 2.5 minutes. Let cool, and stir in 2 T. each peanut oil and honey, 1/2 c. yogurt, and 2 eggs. Add 7/8 c. oat flour, 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1 t. baking powder, and 1/2 t. salt. Mix well. Add water if too sticky. Cook on griddle at 350 degrees. Eat hot or cold.





Inspiration Found in Relationships

Inspiration Found in Relationships

My artist statement has drifted this way and that over the years, but one thing remains the same. People Together. Relationship. Of course dogs and horses and cats are also ‘people’. There are other Sowada characteristics of outdoors, seasons, reflections, and shadows that usually appear as well.     Here are some examples of reference… Continue Reading

The weather promises to change


Can you guess which one of these images represents December and which one represents March?   Which image is April and which is October?     I have been creating small (10X14) abstract artwork for each month of the year. I use a combinatiion of hand painted and commercial fabrics. All applique and quilting is done… Continue Reading

Something to say with my voice

New inventions have always been both delightful and frightening. An autonomous car is no different than a telephone, except for the century in which it is imbedded into human lives.  My Voice (the artistic voice of Joan Sowada) is exemplified by using images of people and animals, usually in relationship with each other and the out… Continue Reading