Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wrapping up September...with Two Trees Passing

Like two ships passing in the night...I have two ACEO Artist Cards passing in the week.

I received David's tree ACEO which I won, and the auction for my quilted tree ACEO is still going on, so I was able to put the two ACEOs side by side for a couple of days.

What a fun sight, Tree 1 and Tree 2, kind of like Thing 1 and Thing 2, similar yet different, variations on a theme, ACEO siblings!

Love Tree, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" David's Tree, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

My textile ACEOs look so pixilated in photos, especially when compressed; they look even better together in person.

I enjoy the freeform cutting for ACEOs like this...just put some fusible on the back of the fabric and cut. If it doesn't look good, throw it away and try again. Sometimes I will take the time to sketch onto the fusible paper before cutting, but it feels much more free to just cut!

I am still loving the Uniball gel pens I got at Arch Art Supplies in San Francisco. The gel comes out so smooth, never blobby, and they work beautifully on fabric. The tree, leaves and buildings are all outlined with a silver Uniball.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Quilt Tour (continued)

We haven't been on our quilt tour for a while! There has been so much to share about travel, new quilt and ACEO creations, decks of ACEO Artist Trading cards!
But we are only half way down the hall, so let's pick up toward the end of the hallway leading to the front door.

These are a set of three different folded flowers quilts based on the work of Kumiko Sudo.

This first is a simple fuchsia, hand appliqued with some simple sashiko. It's quite a little quilt, just 15" wide x 14" tall..

This second one, also from my 'purple period' is a grape hyacinth, also hand appliqued and with hand sashiko, another small quilt at 19" wide.

This final one represents one of my favorite plants, and by far my favorite weed, morning glory. The first time I ever examined a morning glory, I thought there were two intertangled plants, because the buds were pink but the flowers were bluish purple. Then I learned that this is part of the beauty of the morning glory. This little quilt is 18" wide.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Style Tree ACEO

Another ACEO in my artist collaboration series, I call this one "Love Tree" because of the lovely heart-shaped leaves. This is another fabric rendition of a artist marker ACEO done by my ACEO colleague David Venné.

ACEO Love Tree, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Birthday Cards

I belong to a birthday club. Every month, we send birthday cards and a little gift to the members whose birthday it is.
I use this as a creative opportunity! It gives me the chance, every month, to do a little practice painting. And I need the practice!
I think my painting is juvenile, but I still love to do it!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Mer de Glace ACEO

My Mer de Glace ACEO is a continuation of a series inspired by my recent trip to France and Switzerland.

It's a little difficult, I find, to comprehend a glacier, even when you are looking right at it. That's ice? And it's moving? Such were the questions in my mind as I gazed upon the Mer de Glace, or Sea of Ice, in the French Alps, not far from the town of Chamonix, the site of the first modern-day winter Olympics.

It becomes more comprehensible when you see the staggered locations of the annual ice caves which are drilled through the glacier. And it becomes quite real when you are inside the ice cave, inside the glacier (see pics below).

Here is my representation of the Mer de Glace. It is rendered as I suppose it will look as the season's snows begin to fall, instead of the end of summer. A shiny white cotton fabric was used for the glacier. On top of this I built the mountains with various green and gray hand-dyed and tone-on-tone fabrics. All details are added with free-motion machine stitching.
Mer de Glace, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

This is the picture I took, looking down on the Mer de Glace, which I used for inspiration. There is quite a lot of rock on top of the ice which has been dragged down off the mountain sides by the melting snows.

Here are a couple of other pictures to express the wonder of the Mer de Glace. The first shows the openings to the ice caves drilled into the glacier. The glacier moves about 45 meters per year at the sides (90 meters per year in the middle) and so a new cave must be drilled every year (there is a cable car and 300 steps to get down to the opening - you can just pick out a few tiny people down there). The next shows the inside of the glacier ice cave. Note how no one can resist touching the ice!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Last Apple Tree ACEO

Before we left for Europe, I started 3 more folk art trees ACEOs in the style of David Venné. Found the last one sitting by the sewing machine, just waiting for the satin stitching around the edge, and the inking on the apples. So here it is, the Last Apple Tree!

ACEO - The Last Apple Tree, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The ACEO Playing Card Deck is Here!

Seems like ages ago I introduced the ACEO Playing Card Deck. Well, the decks are finally here!

This has to be the coolest project I've ever participated in, with 55 artists contributing unique art for reproduction on playing cards.

Here is just a sample (we're not revealing other artist's art until all the decks are distributed...stay tuned for more!)

This is the back of the card deck:

Here is the included descriptor card:

Here is my joker... so cool!!

Here is a list of participating artists, by their eBay IDs:
Ac - Felis-manul
2c - WatercolorsByMarian
3c - Shellrose
4c - Lazyhawk
5c - slmwer
6c - jasmin112-2008
7c - robertsloan2art
8c - velo-retro
9c - gbuther
10c - kushti47
Jc - catheri
Qc - wendys_whimseys
Kc - paintedponyranch

As - kellyscolorstudio
2s - lala15108
3s - Kammi1150
4s - beaksbeacons
5s - starrgirlblue
6s - moonlight journey
7s - raskelly
8s - skjpenn
9s - kathesart
10s - thecreativewaystudio
Js - papermatthew
Qs - ozziepuppy (new eBay ID: 3_kats_art)
Ks - art-time

Ah - cheerfulart4u
2h - moonsfolly
3h - 3inavwbus
4h - art_foldandnaivebyjoyce
5h - paws4marie
6h - barryj5907
7h - isablue123
8h - Altered Attic
9h - julee_bug
10h - whimzicals
Jh - Wild_Watercolors
Qh - Jeanze*art
Kh - surreal1st1cp1llow

Ad - justbelieve*artworks
2d - lallodicoo
3d - 2cabeachbums
4d - malinwoo
5d - carpenuit
6d - seafog
7d - fjord_and_friesian
8d - Coloredpencilart
9d - southshoreartist
10d - *JoannaBanana*
Jd - penguininc
Qd - Mazoommzee
Kd - Lukeskywalkerwasright

Joker - Bone*Diva
Joker - dwsewbiz
Discriptor Card - Painted...Prose

Monday, September 22, 2008

Halloween is so Orange

I like Halloween, probably for different reasons than some. Long past having kids needing costumes or candy, but I love the color and feel of pumpkins! They're so orange, and so sturdy. I just love holding them and feeling them, and wondering how something so big can grow from a seed in a season.

Here are my tributes to pumpkins; GO Orange!

An ACEO called "Pumpkins on the Vine":

And a quilt called "Orange Diamond":

Orange Diamond Dazzling Diamonds, Diane Weber, 44" x 60"

Oh and there is my Circus Peanuts quilt:

Circus Peanuts, Diane Weber, 48" x 48"

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Travel Inspiration ACEOs

The next in my series of travel ACEOs commemorates the Chapel Bridge in Luzerne, Switzerland. The vision of this bridge with the backdrop of the water tower on a sunny day is classic. I am normally a terrible photographer, so I am particularly proud of this photo I took.

And here is the quilted textile ACEO representation.

Chapel Bridge, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

On the back I had to put a representation of the Swiss flag. I was so struck by the powerful graphic simplicity of this flag, flying proudly from ships, buildings and mountains all over the country.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Oriental Quilt Palette...in a Building

I love coming across colorful buildings, and this one in Chamonix was a real gem, with its peachy pink stucco and a range of colorful pink and purple shutters, highlighted with lovely black scroll balconies, trimmed with gray stone and green hedges, dotted with more colorful perfect pink flowers, all set against the clear and perfect blue sky.

And here is that palette in a quilt, Star of the Orient, a quilt I created for Quilter's World magazine.

Star of the Orient, Diane Weber, 50"x50"

Friday, September 19, 2008

Mi Picasso es tu Picasso

I am just enthralled with Picasso's Le gentilhomme à la pipe, which I saw for the first time in Luzerne. Now that I am back, I can show a scan of the postcard I bought in the gift shop.

And here is my ACEO quilt interpretation.

Picasso's Man with Pipe in Fabric, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Colorful Nature, Colorful Quilt

I don't know how they do it, but every display of flowers in Switzerland, and there were flowers EVERYWHERE, was perfect. No dead flowers, no scraggly leaves, all perfect. Here is a closeup of some of the abundance of flowers from the Chapel Bridge in Luzerne.

No dead flowers or scraggly leaves on my quilt either:

Matsukawa Bishi, Diane Weber, 48" x 54"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Good Morning Morning Glory

It warmed my heart to see morning glories spanning the archways in Bern. I'm not allowed to grow morning glories anymore, because they took over everything in my yard in weedlike fashion.

But they are so beautiful!

Morning glory colors are captured perfectly in this Dazzling Diamonds quilt.

Dazzling Orchids, Diane Weber, 44" x 60"

And the soft blue-purple in the folds is that same color as in my Carre Violet quilt.

Carre Violet (Purple Square), Diane Weber, 44" x 44"

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Back to Business...More Folk Art Tree ACEOs

OK, I started these before we left, else I wouldn't be showing new artwork yet. But it was nice to come home to an easy project, before diving into new work to represent all the inspiration of the last several weeks.

Two new tree ACEOs:

Apple Tree II, Diane Weber 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Orange Tree, Diane Weber 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Moovelous Time Was Had By All...

There is no way I can select a favorite photo from the hundreds taken in the last several weeks. I got to hike in the Alps, see and hike on glaciers, live in a flowering village, find kindred spirits in Swiss gnomekeepers, make new friends with cows, see fabulous art, but what never failed to make me smile were the cows, large and small, real and created.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

How Much is that Gnome in the Window?

On our final day in Zurich, I hit the jackpot in finding gnomes! Fortunately? ...it was Sunday and the store was closed, else my collection might have grown!