Thursday, August 25, 2011

#1 of 52 Journal Quilts - The Forgotten

Jeanette Thompson of the QuiltArt list has started a challenge to create a weekly journal quilt.  She's doing it in honor of her birthday, and wants to make an artwork each week to remember this special year.  Since my birthday is near hers (in timing, if not in age) I decided to play along, as I've always wanted to challenge myself in this way.  (I do best with deadlines, even self-imposed ones!)

I decided that my weekly journal quilts will be 8x10" (in either portrait or landscape orientation), because it's such a convenient size.  I haven't decided on a theme yet, and may not.  I want to be as free as possible to do whatever strikes me at the moment, but may decide later to create temporary (monthly or quarterly) themes.  Here's my first one, a raw-edged improvisational piece, entitled "The Forgotten".  It's not a religious theme, but more a humanistic one.

"The Forgotten", 10x8

Soul Collage

My dear friend Patricia Daugherty is an artist and member of a loosely-formed group of "girls" (all of whom are well over the age of consent, thank you very much!) who have been together for years for the sole purpose of sharing artworks, techniques, challenges, and fun.  We have slowly dwindled in number, due to natural attrition.  I'm very sad to be so far away from them now, but manage to still see them occasionally.

Patricia and the others have recently been exploring Soul Collage, and I begged her to send me some images to share with you.  Oh my gosh.  These are very typical of Patricia ... visually striking, yet thoughtfully and carefully laid out, with her unique artistic eye for balance, scale, and even humor.  I absolutely love these!  Thank you so much for sharing them, Patricia.

Wild Woman, by Patricia Daugherty

Happy Child, by Patricia Daugherty