I am just beside myself with pleasure over these new greeting cards. I've been working on this series of paintings for a very long time. I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to present women in an artful and joyful way. Actually I made lots of written notes with my early sketches. Women as icon was writen on the first joural sketch. So many cultures have celebrated women in iconic styles that everyone is familiar with them:
- Goddess in flowing Grecian gowns
- Native American women wrapped in tribal blankets
- Japanese women in beautifully embroidered robes
- Gustav Klimt's exquisitely patterend Venetian women in his paintings
All of these images represent a reverence for women through culture, and give the artist an opportunity to create beautiful design in the garment. I truely believe you must paint what you know and therefore I needed to make more a contemporary presentation. If you read my blog or follow my art, its pretty clear hown much I love color and pattern. Because I have quilted a little bit, I am always happy to cut patterns up and reassemble them. I do it with my paintings all the time, always thinking the reassembly is exactly like making a quilt.
THIS IS A SWEET LITTLE PAINTING THAT IS A REASSEMBLE FROM A MUCH LARGER WORK CUT UP IN TO 3 INCH SQUARES.
The quilts from my family are assemblages that represent the women who made them. They have bits of older dresses, or beautifully embroidered squares incorporated into them They are made with care and love of fabric, and they are a pleasure to hold. I just can't imagine how anyone could not feel the love and connection to the quilter when presented with one of these beautiful treasures. I wrote about them in one of my first blog entries when I began my series series Women I Might Have Known here .
THIS IS A CLOSE UP OF MY BEAUTIFUL QUILT MADE BY ONE OF MY GRANDMOTHERS
Once I was certain I would be using the quilt, I had an image in mind right away. One of my favorite "quilt" books I have read is How to Make An American Quilt by Whitney Otto. It is about the quilters who assemble to make a wedding quilt. I remembered the young bride walked in the early morning wrapped in the finished quilt, enveloped in the love and comfort of others. It was an image that returned to me when I started the sketches in my journal.
There are many more images of women seeking comfort, warmth, and protection that came to mind and filled my sketch books. All of them featuring interesting patterns and layers of color. I made lots of petite paintings from these ideas. LOTS OF THEM! I made bigger paintings and picked 5 of my favorites to feature as greeting cards.
And here they are, girlfriends! TA DA!
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.
They are all 5 in my shop right now where you can order them.