Still life

Along with spoon carving, I’ve been taking an on-line art quilt class on still life. The teacher is Pamela Allen, an award winning and very creative artist who lives in Canada. What I especially like is that she is well trained in fine art and was a painter for 20 years before she discovered fabric. b&w still lifeShe brings a wealth of fine art knowledge and principles to the class as well as lots of wonderful encouragement.

The first week, our assignment was to work in black and white prints to make a still life. Pamela critiqued our first attempts and made suggestions. We reworked areas that needed it and brought it back to the table for more critique. Here is my work in progress. I’ve started stitching but not until after this photo was taken. I’ve set it aside for now to work on week 2.

stripes still lifeThis week we were to choose grayed colors that were stripes or strong linear designs and use the stripes to give contour to our still life. I’m just about ready to do some stitching on this one too before I have to set it aside for week 3.

We’ve also been doing some critiquing of several fine art pieces, interpreting leaves from paintings as well as other small exercises in using patterned fabric to interpret fruit or flowers or whatever. This has been a stretching class so far and I’m looking forward to the next two weeks. It’s a great way to pass the wintry days.

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2 Responses to “Still life”


  1. 1 Stephanie February 11, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    My goodness, you have been busy! Glad your winter has been so productive. And you were worried about those long Vermont winters…..:-)

  2. 2 Norma February 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    These are wonderful pieces. You managed to use the black and whites and still have it look like you.. The bird is terrific!
    I also like your spoons. Be sure to post when you are finished.


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