Now don't laugh at me...but sometimes it does you good just to have fun...and I have had fun!! A friend had given me a box of stretchers (the pieces of wood you slot together to make the basis for a screen (for screen printing) or for a painting)....well I have LOADS of screens for screen printing.....so didn't need more...
....and then another friend gave me several yards of canvas (very handy to have friends cleaning out their studios!)....and I thought let's make some canvases for painting! I love the new square paintings that are so "in" right now...and I really like the look of cats, they have so many different colors to their fur. And our life painting group only meets once a week...whereas I can get photos of cats any time!!
Plus, I soon discovered that my knowledge of using acrylic paint, of putting images together, of enhancing color, of matching color, of cropping to get a good composition etc etc - in fact all the things you need to know to become a better artist in any medium - including art quilts ( Of Course)
has been immensely enhanced by this very refreshing exercise!
I began with the rather demure kitten at the top...I think I only had 3 tubes of paint, for some reason the rest were in the car (yes, I keep a bag of every different activity I attend in the car - ready to go! - it's a great system if you have a big enough car!)....so she's not all that colorful...but I was very pleased with the expression.
And if you have been, thanks for reading...yes I'm the one out stalking the neighborhood cats with my camera!!