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40 – The amazing art of Kim Jung Gi

June 1, 2020

The South Korean artist named Kim Jung Gi creates absolutely amazing drawings using unusual perspectives. Here’s his website: https://www.kimjunggius.com/pages/about-artist There’s links to videos…

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39 – Panoramic drawing example

May 29, 2020

The artist John Lee granted permission for me to use his drawing in this post as a good example of the type…

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38 – Perspective beyond the normal range of vision

May 25, 2020

You can get lost in all the information about perspective drawing that is available on Google. I had never used a perspective…

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37 – Beauty in a mathematical grid

May 22, 2020

My previous thoughts on Perspective Drawing Art Instruction = math, angles, geometry = let’s not go there: Yes, classic math avoidance syndrome!…

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36 – What you see is just an illusion!

May 19, 2020

How do you become a better artist, a better anything? Identify what needs improvement, then learn and practice.I need to study up…

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35 – Facing invisible barriers

May 16, 2020

What do you do when you come up to a barrier? Do you shirk away from things that scare you, or do…

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34 – Perspective is all about relationships

May 14, 2020

An imaginative world requires convincing size, shape and space in order to be believable. Photographs can give me the basics of how…

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33 – Self-portrait perspective

May 12, 2020

Yes, this is a self-portrait – from 1979! (Don’t ya just love those big eyeglasses?) It’s a first attempt at etching. We…

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32 – Quicksand of my own making

May 10, 2020

Somedays, everything feels like too much. I go into my studio to escape from complications of the day, and find myself mired…

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31 – Drawing the line between scary and fun

May 5, 2020

Preliminary sketches – imagining how some ideas might fit together. These may not look anything like the final drawing for my quilt,…

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30 – Diving into a pool of imagery

May 3, 2020

I’m beginning to think that I’m trying to do too much with one artwork. Better to have too may ideas than none,…

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29 – Complicated possibilities

May 1, 2020

If I had one amusement house featuring all the ideas that I’ve thought about so far, it would be pretty jammed packed….

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28 – “Nothing to see here folks, move along.”

April 30, 2020

Thinking on the collapsing space of a traveling carnival ride, I tried to stretch the idea to something else that works in…

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27 – Pack and play

April 29, 2020

I’ve now searched the internet for amusement “dark rides” and funhouses. Some of them travel with carnivals, so they need to disassemble…

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26 – How about a creepy Victorian house?

April 27, 2020

If I’m going to put all my ideas in one house-like structure, then the large, ornate, and often creepy look of an…

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25 – Snakes and slides

April 24, 2020

The idea of a snake shaped slide is too good to pass on, so I’ve sketched out how it might look. Something…

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24 – Exit by twists and turns

April 22, 2020

I like the idea of a slide in my new art work, but not sure how it works with the idea of…

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23 – This way to the egress!

April 20, 2020

I’m trying to recall any experience I’ve had with amusement funhouses as I think of how to incorporate their structure with my…

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22 – Photoshop Elements to the rescue

April 17, 2020

How do you figure out how a funhouse warped mirror image will look like? Photoshop Elements! There are all sorts of “Filter”…

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21 – Wavy reflections in fabric

April 16, 2020

Here’s the sketch for the warped reflections of social media. Love the idea of this. OK, how will I do this with…

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20 – Is eye candy a satisfying diet?

April 16, 2020

When I get bogged down with current work, I like to think about why I make art, and if I’m straying from…

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19 – Memory fills in the details of reference

April 14, 2020

My photogenic family, looking our best!I remembered that we took photos at a boardwalk amusement hall in New Jersey. These might be…

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18 – Distorted reflection

April 12, 2020

A hall of mirrors was never as good as it promised to be. Amusing, yes, but the quality of mirrors wasn’t good…

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17 – Mining a vein of ideas

April 9, 2020

I’m onto the idea of a funhouse for my artwork. Maybe this piece isn’t as much about fear as I thought. I’m…

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16 – Other pencil-like marks

April 6, 2020

Another thought on pencils while I’m at it. Woodless graphite sticks can be sharpened like pencils, but all of the graphite is…

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15 – Pencil tribute

April 3, 2020

The Art Supply Providing the Most Bang for the Buck:the lowly pencil.Not the mundane, yellow #2 bubble-fillers (although those will do in…

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14 – Pictionary scribbles

April 1, 2020

There aren’t many drawings in my journals. Sometimes I’ll do a pictionary-quick sketch to remind myself about what I was thinking; nothing…

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13 – Feels good to get rolling

March 31, 2020

Feels good to get rolling on this project…I’ve spent plenty of time on the conceptual part of my next art quilt, which…

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12 – Hypnotic rabbit holes

March 27, 2020

Thinking about entering the rolling barrel entrance of a funhouse, I can almost feel the pull of the brightly painted hypnotic stripes…

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11 – Finding my way out

March 24, 2020

A funhouse is different from the dark ride I mentioned in my last post, – it requires you to walk through various…

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10 – The dark ride of aging

March 22, 2020

One of my biggest fears is that of the human aging process. Getting older has its rewards for sure, but too many…

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9 – What is reality?

March 19, 2020

For my next quilt: Topic: fearSetting: amusement parkStyle: believable reality Have you ever thought about different kinds of artistic reality? Photorealism strives…

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8 – A book about color

March 16, 2020

When I’m not thinking about my studio projects, then I’m reading about art. Especially when contemplating new work, I’m constantly on the…

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7 – Scary fun

March 13, 2020

One of my journal entries listing different aspects of fear brought me to the idea of amusement parks and the various ways…

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6 – A list of ten things

March 11, 2020

The topic I want to explore with my art work is fear. That’s a nebulous concept. Preferring realism in my art, I…

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5 – Waiting for ideas to float by

March 9, 2020

“Adrift’ was my last quilt. It was unplanned. I missed being absorbed by an all consuming project, but nothing was grabbing my…

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4 – Commitment to success

March 5, 2020

I’m ready for commitment to an idea that is complicated, which is no surprise if you know my artwork. It doesn’t scare…

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3 – Words lead to pictures

March 3, 2020

I’ve tried to make it a habit to write in a journal: sketches, random thoughts, whatever crosses my mind. It’s a safe…

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2 – Does fear stop you?

March 2, 2020

FEAR…there, I’ve said it. Who hasn’t been nagged at by demons of fear? Looking over my journals for some creative inspiration to…

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1 – Find out what I’m thinking

March 1, 2020

Art Work … there’s a lot of that required to make an artwork. Follow my latest project as I bring it from…

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Sticky Post February 29, 2020

Artwork appears as if by magic to the onlooker, but inside the studio it’s not magic at all. Through this blog, you…

art quilt on longarm machine
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24 – Artist Wins The Struggle

May 24, 2019

I had to paint some more cheesecloth but that went quickly. It was a novel experience to use this flimsy material and…

photo of back of art quilt
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23 – Green Has Got To Go

May 23, 2019

I decided to cut away the green background and then I prepared my long-arm for the next step. I still had a…

comparison of background colors for art quilt
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22 – Asking For Help

May 22, 2019

While pondering what would give my dragon quilt more life, I asked for help. SAQA MA/RI is an unwieldy name for the…

painting of art quilt in progress
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21 – This Was Supposed To Be Simple!

May 21, 2019

The sharp edge between painted and not painted will be hard to cover up. I extend the painted area, attempting to match…

a painted flame
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20 – Breathing Fire

May 20, 2019

 I like the painted flames. Textile paint applies nicely to Evolon, a non-woven (and thus, non-fraying) material. I can cut all kinds…

art quilt in progress
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19 – The “What If” Stage

May 19, 2019

The stitching is about complete. Since I’ve done this on my mid-arm (a Handi-Quilter Sweet 16) I can easily take it away…

Hadi-Quilter Sweet 16 sewing machine
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18 – Machine Nomenclature

May 18, 2019

I’ve been free motion stitching on my Handi-Quilter Sweet 16 machine. It’s a “sit down mid-arm” sewing machine. There is some confusion…

quilt sandwich made with an air-brushed painting
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17 – Simple (?) Solution

May 17, 2019

Making it up as I go, I’ve decided to layer the air-brushing and batting onto the right side of the backing fabric….

Masking has been removed from a fabric painting
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16 – More Than Ready (To Un-Mask)

May 16, 2019

Taking the masking off the edges is fun because a clean edge is revealed and so much messiness is instantly cleared away….

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15 – Just Don’t Make Mistakes

May 15, 2019

As the name implies, super opaque white has pretty good coverage. I used some on the palette to make a brighter base…

six views of air-brush work in progress
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14 – Belly Of The Beast

May 14, 2019

Just love that chartreuse color!  I had wanted to use some metallic color on the dragon, but the pigment particles are coarser…

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13 – When Pig(ment)s Fly

May 13, 2019

I protect my work area from overspray. Lots of newsprint pinned up around the general area as it is surprising how much…

Tracing Vellum used for air-brush masking
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12 – What Masks Are Made Of

May 12, 2019

To work on the dragons, I’ll need to protect what I’ve already done. I need to make some small areas of color,…

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11 – Far From Intent

May 11, 2019

At this point, I’m totally into what I’m doing, even though I know I’ve strayed from my original concept. This is not…

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10 – Air-Brush Process

May 10, 2019

Traditionally, the painting process requires masking – exposing areas to be painted while protecting other areas from un-wanted spray. Frisket (a thin,…

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9 – Where’s The Brush?

May 9, 2019

An airbrush is slightly larger than a pen, having an attached cup or bottle to contain paint and connected to a compressed…

bottles of fabric paint and ink
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8 – Inks Or Paint?

May 8, 2019

Dabbling with different supplies is part of the fun of being an artist, but I really have to restrain myself in an…

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7 – Ready, Set, Go!

May 7, 2019

My composition is decided, airbrush equipment is in working order, paints and mediums are at the ready. What about the fabric? Cotton…

photoshopped dragon and knight image
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6 – The Fiery Breath of Doubt

May 6, 2019

Finally, I found my stand-in…Why, yes, of course this is me! I have often battled demons trying to crush my artistic soul:…

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5 – Where Is My Knight In Shining Armor?

May 5, 2019

Even when I am not concerned about copyright infringement as I know that the final form will be a far cry from…

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4 – Dragon Pose

May 4, 2019

A carved wooden dragon traveled home with me from Thailand. It will be the model for the dragons I want to air-brush….

photo of ghost pirate ride
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3 – How Difficult Could It Be?

May 3, 2019

Amusement carnival art may have a certain naivety but also a definitive “look” to it. Bright color, outlining, bold imagery often with…

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2 – Ready for an Air-Brush Adventure

May 2, 2019

I hope to duplicate the look of a spray-painted mural with air-brushing. My experience with air-brushing is limited, more because of time…

art quilt work in progress
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1 – Welcoming the Unexpected

May 1, 2019

We’ve all had times when the original plan didn’t work. How did you proceed after facing the unexpected? Many artists happily embrace…