Tag Archives: light and shadow

Two Gems

Two Gems

This blog is just a quick show and tell, to share with you two commissions completed recently.

I am showing you the reference photo given to me, next to the artwork I created for a friend.

Notice all the things that are removed (background and shirt logo) and the things added (bottom of shoe and ball), the cropping, and the slight changes in color.  I gave it an abstract background that micmics some of the angles and shapes in the figure. Notice the quilt stitching too, showing the upward swing of the kicking leg.

 

 

Flame Shoes, 11 X 11, mounted on 12 X 12 canvas

 

 

The client knew that I prefer candid outdoor photos to work from. Each of these reference photos was just right. I really like the reflection of the girl’s legs in the wet sand.

Cool Sand , 13 X 9, mounted on 20 X 16 canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Chicken Salad: Combine these ingredients in a big bowl: 15 oz. can of black beans (rinsed, drained, and spread on a towel to dry a bit), one cooked chicken thigh diced, handful of raisins, a little chopped parseley or cilantro, 2 c. chopped purple cabbage (or more), 3 – 4 thick slices of jack cheese cut into small cubes, optional 1/3 c. cooked brown rice or quinoa or leftover pasta. Toss salad with olive oil, juice of one lemon, and salt to taste.

Adventure Abroad

Adventure Abroad

In June I traveled overseas, and for twenty-five days was away from the safety and boring routines of home. The countries visited were Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary (cities – Zurich, Prague, Olomouc, Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest). I was with my traveling cousin and the Gillette Chamber Singers. The experience was good, great, delightful,… Continue Reading

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

Inspiration from Photos

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… Continue Reading