Thursday, 28 February 2013

Encore: Reflections of an Art Quilter

As we pass the anniversary of completing 3 years and 12 deadlines in our 12 By The Dozen art group, I reflect on my growth and development. Although I have been a quilter for many years, I was ready to take the "leap" into fiber art. I am fortunate to be a member of this amazing group of talented artists from around the globe that have inspired me, taught me and encouraged me to explore this wonderful medium.

My piece is based on our "Reflections" theme as I reflect on my personal growth and achievements in the past 3 years. This is a melding of three of my grade school pictures from 1st through 3rd grade (ages 6-8). It was in those years that I felt encouraged to play, experiment and learn by beloved teachers...and now, so many decades later, I have similar feeling in my beginning years of art quilting.

I scanned my old photos into my computer and then manipulated the images in my Roxio Photo program. I used a monochromatic color scheme to better unite the images and blue was my favorite color as a child.

I look forward to our next phase of themes and feel as if I have "graduated" grade school and am prepared for the next level of learning, playing and creating!

11 comments:

  1. Great use of the theme ... reflecting on your growth. Love the way you have played around with the images.

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  2. This is very special. You have done a great job with the images - take a bow. It is a lovely idea and you have pulled it off really well.

    Yes, I agree with you, I think we are all appreciative of belonging to this group and how it has helped us grow. Here's to our virtual graduation party and Phase 2!

    Hilary

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  3. very clever Venetta - I think it was such a great idea and so well thought out and interpreted. I have not ever had the courage to use a printer and scanning images - so with the new phase ahead perhaps this should be my next challenge to myself. I have grown enormously since being honoured to have joined this group and will continue to do so, I am sure, with all the talent around me(you guys) - thank you all.

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  4. A gold star for you on your graduation, Venetta! A moment to reflect on accomplishments and on future challenges. Could you please tell us what is written under the image? Can't quite make it out.

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    1. I quilted: "Blue is my favorite color".

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  5. Well said, Venetta. I like your idea to morph your three photos. This would make a great workshop to teach. Sign me up!

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  6. I like how the images interplay and the simplicity of the blue and black and white. Very effective!

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  7. Bravo Venetta! You are always trying out new techniques and have certainly succeeded with this one! I love the use of blue and the touch of yellow adds a great spark. Your statement is very eloquent and echoes my feelings as well. Onward and upward for all of us!

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  8. Great piece and a great confirmation of the value of our group. Love the way you've managed to combine the three pictures into one; you must have sat in a very similar position every time.

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  9. this piece made me emotional. not sure why. maybe the blue, maybe the little girl(s), maybe its old world charm, maybe it looks like someone i know? a very powerful piece for me. i love the technique and the combination of these photos and the color and all. well done venetta

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  10. You have been great at trying new techniques - and this works so well. As Pam says it's very evocative. And very clever.

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