As a member of FFFC (Fast Friday Fabric Challenge), once a month we are given a challenge, with a deadline of one week to complete an art quilt following the challenge guidelines.
This month our challenge was two-fold. To capture a mood or emotion, and to use color as a zinger.
I immediately thought of the cardinal sitting in the Rose of Sharon bush outside the studio door. It was a gray, dreary, day, and that cardinal brought a much needed relief of color, and yet seemed both lonely and content at the same time.
Without referring back to the picture I had taken that morning, I set out to recreate the scene as I felt it. This is my piece, as yet un-named:
This piece, the 4th in a series based on trees, is 13″ square, fusible, painted details, free-hand drawn cardinal, beading for the eye, yarn edged. I will be painting a 12″ square canvas to blend to this piece and then mounting it as a “hidden” canvas. That gives (in my eyes) a presence to the piece when it’s hung on the wall, but doesn’t distract from the fiber of the piece.
Detail of the cardinal:
I look forward to the January challenge, to come out the 4th Friday of the month. And possibly by then I may have named this piece?!?