Watch Out For The One Eyed Monster! Art Pieces 192-199

One Eyed Monster, AP 192

One Eyed Monster?:

Halloween is only days away. All around me I see the holiday decorations of my neighbors. The most prominent of which are the inflated images of pumpkins, monsters and ghosts. Typically we join up with our children and grandchildren to share a meal and walk about a neighborhood trick-or-treating. Given the ever-present pandemic the visit to neighboring homes will be eliminated. In place of those festivities we have plans for games and other activities. Our group is small and the home at which we will gather is large enough for social distancing. I’ve even surveyed my grandchildren to learn about their favorite candies. Even though they won’t fill their bags with candy from the neighbors I will make certain I do my part.

The closeness of Halloween makes this the perfect time to reveal my art piece called One Eyed Monster. I have been spending the last several postings talking about my 8”x10” finished projects; today’s entry continues on that same track.

Fabric Background:

I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have made a shift in how I start my 8”x10” projects. Originally my small stitching  pieces were attached to a naked stretched canvas frame. By naked I mean that the white canvas was left as is. This method had been my preferred style; I thought the starkness of the white canvas and the rough texture added their own type of element. I even liked how rustic my name looked when it was written on the  canvas.

As time went by I wanted to add even more interest to my compositions. Incorporating fabric as a base for my projects gave me another opportunity to expand my art even further. All of the fiber art pieces that I am sharing today and in the future will begin with a fabric background.

The Layers:

As you could tell by the title of this journal entry, I will be revealing fiber art pieces 192-199. They continue with the shift I made from using plain white backgrounds to fabric. Each project begins first with the stretched canvas frame. If I were creating a typical quilt the first layer of the sandwich would be a fabric backing; in this instance it is the canvas frame. Next to follow is a layer of batting, white or black depending upon the color intensity of the next fabric; the batting helps to give the frames edges a more rounded appearance. The third element is the fabric that will serve as the composition’s background. This addition holds a very important function as it sets the theme for everything else that will follow.

Once the three layers of the sandwich have been established it is time to start assembling the decorative features. The parameters for those items is wide open; the only limitation here is your imagination. I’ve been known to use as many as four layers of fabric and or embellishments. I also like to include a variety of doodads such as lace, buttons, beads and snaps, to name a few.

Finishing Touches:

The finishing touch is the hand or machine stitching. This process can make or break your final outcome. It also can be the most enjoyable step. Here is where you can either stay low-key or go hog wild. I let the initial image of the fiber art piece sink in for a while. This gives me a chance to get a feel for the possible avenues I might follow. Once my thought process is complete I gather up the thread colors I will use, thread my needle and get to work. Even though I map out a plan of attack for my stitching that doesn’t mean I can’t change my mind along the way. There have been many times when I have decided to go in an entirely different direction. All that matters is that the final outcome looks wonderful.

Without Further Ado:

Let me introduce you to items 192-199!

Art Pieces 192-195
Art Pieces 192-195

One Eyed Monster, Art Piece # 192

EcoPrint, Art Piece # 193

Shiny Blue Moon, Art Piece # 194

Navel Orange, Art Piece # 195

Art Pieces 196-199
Art Pieces 196-199

Raspberry Orange Slush, Art Piece # 196

Hashtag, Art Piece # 197

Bruised, Art Piece # 198

Floating Stars, Art Piece # 199

Your Thoughts:

Did the One Eyed Monster scare you?

I hope that you enjoyed seeing and reading about each of the eight projects; especially the One Eyed Monster!  If time allows, please share your thoughts in a comment.

Thank You!

Happy Halloween!

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

Polka Dots Dance? Art Pieces 184-191

Dressed to Party, AP 189

Let’s Review:

Over the past six Thursdays I have been sharing photos and stories of my recently finished art pieces. Included below are photos of each of the items along with a link to the post. A lot of time and effort went into these projects. Seeing all of them in one post makes me very happy; without this visual reminder it would be so easy to forget just how many I have made.

 

Art Pieces 127-130
Art Pieces 127-130

 

Art Pieces 131-134
Art Pieces 131-134

 

Art Pieces 135-138
Art Pieces 135-138

 

Art Pieces 139-141
Art Pieces 139-141

 

Art Pieces 142-145
Art Pieces 142-145

 

Art Pieces 146-148
Art Pieces 146-148

 

Art Pieces 150 151 153 & 154
Art Pieces 150 151 153 & 154

 

Art Pieces 156-158
Art Pieces 156-158

 

Art Pieces 168-171
Art Pieces 168-171

 

Art Pieces 172-175
Art Pieces 172-175

 

Art Pieces 176-179
Art Pieces 176-179

 

Art Pieces 180-183
Art Pieces 180-183

 

Art Pieces 184-191:

Included in this next grouping is eight new items. One of them holds the answer to the question mentioned in the title of this entry; Do Polka Dots Dance?

Art Pieces 184-187
Art Pieces 184-187

New Life For A Discard, Art Piece # 184 has been SOLD

Reclaimed Fabric Scrap, Art Piece # 185

Polka Dot Dance, Art Piece # 186

Quotations, Art Piece # 187

Art Pieces 188-191
Art Pieces 188-191

Reach For The Stars, Art Piece # 188

Dressed To Party, Art Piece # 189

Mirror Image, Art Piece # 190

Christmas Memories, Art Piece # 191

It’s Not Over Yet!:

My adventures in creating 8”x10” fiber art pieces is far from over; I have many more virgin canvases just waiting for my attention. The process of designing and executing each of the compositions has been such an enjoyable experience. I love how portable they are and how relaxing it is to quietly sit and stitch on each canvas.

Just because I have a large number of canvases all ready for exploration doesn’t mean my journey will end there. Who knows what direction I will take after the last one is finished!

Thank You!:

I hope you will have the opportunity the browse through the photos to learn about each of the items. No matter how many you are able to explore I hope that you will save time to share your thoughts. Your insights and comments are important to me! Oh and one more thing___Do Polka Dots Dance?

With warm regards,

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

 

Are You a Fan Of Mulled Cider? Art Pieces 176-183

Mulled Cider AP 178

Many, Many Projects:

I have really enjoyed the process of sharing my completed 8×10 fiber art pieces. Over the last several weeks I have revealed thirty-eight uniquely designed specimens. Thirty-eight sounds like a lot but I have more than that yet to go and in fact, as I am writing this journal entry, I have made plans for another twenty.

Lots of Fun:

Designing and implementing these small art projects is a very contagious practice. The manageable size and portability make them easy to work with no matter where I am. Typically I spend several days pulling together various combinations of fabric. After setting aside a number of groupings I draw on my supplies of beads, buttons, lace, recycled sari and kantha cloth, as well as many, many other options, to add as embellishments.

A Change In Technique:

Up until now I have used white stretched canvas as the background for 99% of my 8×10’s. Lately I have decided to cover the canvas with fabric. This new technique adds a more striking element. Even though I am very fond of the white canvas background it’s always nice to change things up. The last photo shared in this post includes a fabric covered frame.

What’s In The Future:

For now I believe I will most likely continue to wrap my canvases with fabric; however, I have also considered making my own wood frames and stretching my own, unpainted canvas over the edges. Who knows what the future brings!

Let’s Wrap This Up:

I could go on talking about this art form but, with so many more items yet to be shared, it is time to wrap this entry up. Below you will find two collages. Both contain photos of four original art pieces.

Before signing off I must express my gratitude for your continued support. Without your participation this blog would not survive.

Cindy Anderson

Ap 176-179 collage AP 176-179 collage

Jimenas Treasures, Art Piece # 176

Snap Decision, Art Piece # 177

Mulled Cider, Art Piece # 178

Blueberry Skull, Art Piece # 179

AP 180-183 collage Art Pieces 180-183 collage

Scalloped Edge, Art Piece # 180

Olive Drab Elevated, Art Piece # 181

Elaborate Flower, Art Piece # 182

Seeing Dots, Art Piece # 183

Let’s Take A Look At Finished Projects 150-158

Redemption, AP 158

The Beginning

My blog was started as a platform to discuss and share my successes and disappointments with the art of longarm quilting. Late in 2019, after seven years of offering my services to my fellow quilting enthusiasts, I decided to stop. In fact my longarm quilt machine has sat idle since May, 2019, with one of my own quilts loaded on the rolls and patiently waiting to be finished.

My Activities

Even though my longarm machine has been quiet my studio has not. I’ve poured my efforts into wrapping up as many unfinished projects as possible and into creating smaller, easier to handle fiber art pieces. Their smaller size lets me easily transport and work on them wherever I go. I take them with me to my Little Cabin In The Woods, and anywhere else that I will have an extended downtime.

Seven More Specimens

My love of designing and working with the smaller specimens has distracted me from writing about them on my blog. For more than a year my completed art projects have been stockpiled just waiting for the spotlight. Over the last few weeks I have been setting aside time to share my triumphs. .

Thank You!

 

Thank you for spending time with me today! I look forward to your comments.

Cindy Anderson

Yellow Tail, AP 150 Yellow Tail, Art Piece # 150
Yellow Corset, AP 151 Yellow Corset, Art Piece # 151
Poppies, AP 153 Poppies, AP 153
Bolo Tie, AP 154 Bolo Tie, Art Piece # 154
All Dressed Up, AP 156 All Dressed Up, Art Piece # 156
Road Trip, AP 157 Road Trip, Art Piece # 157
Redemption, AP 158 Redemption, Art Piece # 158

 

Time To Reveal Art Pieces 142-148

Extra Buttons, AP 143

Today is Thursday and it is time once again to reveal another grouping of my finished fiber art pieces. On the docket today is items 142 through 148.

I had so much fun creating each of these small works of art. Hopefully you will find them as pleasing as I do.

Thank you so much for sharing in my enthusiasm. I look forward to reading your comments!

Cindy Anderson

 

 

 

Floating Stars, AP 142 Floating Stars, Art Piece # 142
Extra Buttons, AP 143 Extra Buttons, Art Piece # 143
Belly Button, AP 144 Belly Button, Art Piece # 144
Enjoy, AP 145 Enjoy, Art Piece # 145
Fancy Tie, AP 146 Fancy Tie, Art Piece # 146
Brown and Blue, AP 147 Brown and Blue, Art Piece # 147
Blue and Green, AP 148 Blue and Green, Art Piece # 148

Time to Share Art Pieces 135-141

Dragonfly AP 139

One of the joys of maintaining my blog is the privilege of being able to share news of finished art pieces. My studio is full of plastic tubs, stacked one on top of the other, containing a plethora of completed projects. If I were to reveal all of them in one post I would probably cause an internet meltdown; thus, I’ve had to curb my enthusiasm and limit myself to a small grouping.

In this narrative I have included seven finished masterpieces. Click on the name below each item to read about each of the art pieces. I hope that you will enjoy seeing and reading about them as much as I did in creating them.

As always, I would love to hear your reactions.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Cindy Anderson

Blue Moon AP 135Blue Moon, Art Piece # 135
Blowing Kisses, AP 136Blowing Kisses, Art Piece # 136
Sunset, AP 137Sunset, Art Piece # 137
Centipede AP 138Centipede, Art Piece # 138
Dragonfly AP 139Dragonfly, Art Piece # 139
Frolic, AP 140Frolic, Art Piece # 140
All In One, AP 141All In One, Art Piece # 141

New Art Pieces 127-134

Butterscotch, AP 131

I can’t even remember the last time I shared updates on my newest and greatest projects. This year is almost 3/4 over yet I have so much to talk about. To start the process I thought I would include photos and links to a few of the items; listed below are eight of them. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them.

Until next time…

Cindy Anderson

Purple Rain, AP 127 Purple Rain, Art Piece 127
Giggle, AP 128 Giggle, Art Piece # 128
Hippy Bell Bottoms, AP 129 Hippy Bell Bottoms, Art Piece 129
Seeing Red, AP 130 Seeing Red, Art Piece # 130
Butterscotch, AP 131 Butterscotch, Art Piece # 131
Spumoni AP 132 Spumoni, Art Piece # 132
In Orbit, AP 133 In Orbit, Art Piece # 133
Feels Like Home, AP 134 Feels Like Home, Art Piece # 134

 

 

An Opportunity

Purple Rain, AP 127

Solo Exhibit Continues

Not too very long ago I shared news of my solo exhibit at Raven’s Wish Gallery. The exhibit will be on display until August 25, 2020. All of the items are available for purchase.

In Other News

I have been researching the many internet options available for selling my fiber art pieces. After a great deal of thought, along with a bit of nail biting, I have finally decided to open a retail shop here at my blog address. After navigating most of the hurdles I am extremely proud to announce that the online store is finally open! Horray! Although the number of items I have been able to load is small in comparison to what I have on hand I’m still very pleased. As time arrises I will add additional items.

Time To Shop!

Now that I can finally declare my store open for business it’s time to get shopping. You can access it by clicking on the SHOP heading near the top of my page. Also, here’s a link to one of the very first projects to be added. The item is called AP 127 Purple Rain.

Art Piece 127 Purple Rain
AP 127 Purple Rain

thank you!

I can’t sign off without expressing my sincere appreciation for your interest in my journal and the many projects I share. Your participation is absolutely necessary to the continued success of this platform. With much certainty, I am confident that you have questions or comments you would like to contribute. Thank you in advance for sharing them.

About Cindy

The world of art has always brought me joy. From my childhood explorations with chalk and paint to my creations using fabric and thread, I have utilized art as my vehicle to stretch my wings and explore the world around me.

My favorite art form has been given many names; I know it as “free-form” quilting. This direction has taken me on a journey resulting in the formation of more than 200 art pieces. Most of them center strictly around the manipulation of fabric. Some of the later pieces have added elements of hand stitchery. All of them have brought me an immense sense of joy.

I use this blog to share glimpses of my art and the environment in which it is created. Most of my art pieces are available for purchase. You may see a sampling of them at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin.

My art is periodically on display in a variety of venues. To learn about my current exhibits you may send an email to cindy [at] inastitchquilting [dot] com

Now go and create your own masterpiece. With warm hugs…

Cindy Anderson