Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wade Into Your Well of Creativity...

Water flowing deep beneath the ground sometimes needs to be encouraged to percolate to the surface. The same goes for getting our creative juices flowing. We sometimes need to search deep into our soul to find that one small seed to bring our ideas to fruition. With daily practice, and awareness of all the inspiration around us, creativity can infiltrate into the pores of our creative being. I believe everyone has a creative vein.

The Art Quilt Association will be having a special exhibit at Denver National Quilt Festival, April 30 - May 3. The theme is Aquifer. Several posts back I had started my piece, and I thought it would be fun to show the process of making this quilt.

My idea started with a very rough sketch. When I had the basic shape decided, I enlarged my drawing to the size I wanted to work with.


I wanted to use some sheer fabric in this section, and just happened to have some organza I had painted earlier.


Once the lower section was pieced, I had to decide on the remainder of the background...hmm...I'm liking this hand dyed piece for the upper section. Now, to get the figure in the proper place, and what type of fabric should I use to create the figure? I decided to paint some organza to pick up the rust color of the background piece. Do you get the feeling I like working with sheer fabrics?


Now, I need to decide how to embellish and quilt this piece to convey the feeling of wading into the well of creativity. I doodled and sketched a couple of ideas...


By adding bright colors percolating up from the murkiness, I hope to give the sense of one's ideas accumulating into creative freedom.


The mirrors are added for a bit of reflection.....


And, here is the finished piece..........

I enjoyed working on this piece, and hope you've enjoyed the journey of my creative process!

7 comments:

jess said...

C-O-O-L.

roxanestoner said...

Very nice to get to have the whole picture. From insight to finish prodict. You are good!

Robin said...

WOW WOW WOW!
It turned out beautifully!
Robin

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

Thanks for sharing your process. Lovely piece of work.

Stacy said...

Beautiful! Especially the water, and the way the water goes around her ankle. Good job!
Stacy in Miami

Beena said...

I love it...and my favorite theme, too (water)!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I will be in Denver during the Festival. I hope to check out the quilts. Nice to see you on my blog.
Linda K.