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AQC Day Three

It is actually day four, but I seem to be a day behind all this week. I am leaving tonight, catching a ride to Santa Rosa to stay with my friend, Janet.

Yesterday, we put away our paints and found objects and took part in  Rayna’s  Jump Starting the Art Quilt. She gave us several exercises from which we made small studies.

First, we did lines and colors for four words: anger, calm, confusion and something else (senior moment). We then had to pick one and make a small piece. Here is my confusion:


Next, we did mind mapping which is sort of like free association. She gave us the work hour glass. I went to sand, desert, desolate, etc. I also had time, watch, hurry, run, etc.  We had to select one of the words and make a small study. So here is desert.


Next, she gave us a black and white photo and said to abstract some of the  elements. Mine was a photo in Paris with some sort of wonky sculpture  with round red glass formations. Here is my piece. For this, I used some of the fabric that I had made on the previous day.


For the last exercise, we selected  a phrase from a bag. I got the end of the line. I was creatively wiped out so I did the minimalist piece.


In the afternoon, we had to cut up fabric that we had make and come up with a design for a bigger piece. I finished this one called Broken Circles.


This  morning, I made this piece, titled Zen Structures.


On the batik day, I took this piece of hand-dyed fabric that I inherited from June Underwood.


After batiking an painting, it looked like this.


And this is how the orange piece looked after painting and removing the wax.


I leave you with  last night’s decadent desert, chocolate caramel tart.


12 Responses to “AQC Day Three”

  1. Nellie says:

    YUM! for both your results of the class exercises AND the dessert!

  2. Jeannie says:

    Gerrie – It was so much fun to read about your class with rayna, thanks for sharing. You really created some beautiful pieces. I love how you transformed June’s fabric and the circles piece is wonderful. Have fun on the rest of your travels. Cheers

  3. Rayna says:

    Gerrie – I love lookikng at your work all over again – it is terrific. And I loved spending all that time with you. Didn’t we have fun?!! I’ll have to get used to the quiet again after all that energy.

  4. Diane D. says:

    You guys are really working, and look like you’re really having fun.

  5. Reva says:

    Gerrie, you’ve done some terrific work there!

  6. Joy says:

    This looks like so much fun!
    These are the kinds of things I would like to get to do….
    One day >sigh

  7. Liz Plummer says:

    Wow, I’m soooo jealous! I love the work you’ve done…. didn’t think of using paint with soy wax. I like the orange piece, broken circles and the abstracted Paris piece best. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  8. Deborah says:

    Wow! So productive. I love broken circles. How big is it?

  9. Ann Morrell says:

    You said you painted fabric after using soy wax….how did you heat set the paint before removing the soy wax…I have soy wax…but was told I might have a real mess if when I went to heat set the paint before washing out the wax…(melted wax over everything).

  10. Kathie says:

    This is all so exciting! Looks like a fabulous, creative time.

  11. Kristin L says:

    I want some of that tart!

    I love the colors and textures of Zen Structures. I can see it going even more structural with Sonji-esque bundles or something on each of the shapes 😉

  12. claire says:

    too much fun. and Wonderful Work!!!