This little quilt is the sister piece to ‘Eloquent River’.
All of my memories, 12.5″ x 12.5″
It was inspired by this special place along the river.
I started the sketch in the river studio with Neocolor II crayons.
I decided to use fabric paints in addition to the wax crayons on this one, so did much of the rest of the painting in my indoor studio.
At first, I started to get hung up on “I don’t know how to paint, this won’t look like how it really is . . .” so I stopped and wrote and came up with this poem.
I remembered that it doesn’t really matter if it ‘looks like how it really is’, because
All of my memories
paint the river journey
like the fleeting
and sunshadow tree trunks
falling across the water –
rippling tree reflections
guide the river home.
The river constantly changes from season to season and hour to hour, even in the same spot. My experience and memories of the river also change depending on about a million different things. If I want my artwork about the river to look exactly like how it ‘really’ is, I’ll take a photograph and leave it at that.
In the meantime, all of my memories and impressions will paint and shape the piece I am working on.
Here’s the process I used to work the poem into the piece.
I had already decided the size of the finished piece and the placement of the design elements; the central painted image and the four squares. These were in relation to ‘Eloquent River’. I wrote the poem how I wanted it to flow onto the quilt.
Then I designed the poem on the computer, printed it out and reviewed it
I printed the poem onto handmade paper and painted it with fabric paint,
shredded the edges,
and finally glued the poem into place with acrylic gel medium mixed with paint.
Once I got the text into place on my background, I stitched the painting, which I had already started to thread sketch, onto the centre. I gradually added more paint to the text area as needed so it blended in better.