Summer is ending quickly around here, with school starting, cooler nights, and changing tree leaves~It’s autumn! Maybe that is why I have been in the mood to makes changes to my website! Hope you like the new look…
First Colors of Autumn #1, rayon on cotton, 20″x 20″, © 2009 Joni Beach.
Along with updating the Art Gallery in the coming weeks, I am also preparing for another solo exhibit. The Lifeweavings exhibit is scheduled to be shown from September 12th–26th, Wallace Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA . I am honored to be invited to exhibit and share my work there!
~ Hope you enjoy visiting both the Art Gallery and the Lifeweaving Exhibit~ joni
The first day of summer is here at last!! And with summer came a flurry of busyness for me–the opposite of what we expect or dream about..
I have been taking trips, working in the yard, and planting colorful flowers in the garden. [These aren't in my yard :) ] It feels great to have warm, sunny days after the coldness of this past winter.
With a change of pace and time for new experiences, I am now inspired to be in the studio to work on new textile art and creative projects!
Flamenco Swirl #1 is the first in a series that expresses my memories of the exciting colors and movement of a Spanish dancer’s amazingly expressive and exciting performance! (Two other pieces of this series are in earlier posts. They may be seen in the Art Gallery)
Flamenco Swirl #1, rayon on cotton, © 2014 Joni Beach.
I hope to add new pieces to this series very soon! The passion and deep felt emotions with which these dances are performed greatly inspire me to create…
Sometimes I move a project to the front porch and enjoy the breeze, the warmth of the sun, and the sound of the birds singing…
Ah… In the good old summertime!
Today’s piece is another work from the Visions of Spain series and is currently on exhibit in Lifeweavings: A Creative Journey, at Eucalyptus Massage Center Gallery. It is entitled, Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park (Madrid). One of my photos had lines and colors that inspired me. I loved the way the guy’s shirt and the boats just happened to match…the lines the walkway and the wall made with each other to provide the perspective and depth to this scene…along with the accent of the row of bright red boats resting along the shoreline. A nice afternoon stroll…
Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park (Madrid), 17 3/4″ x 19 1/2″, rayon and cotton on cotton. Applique, free-motion quilting, piecing, thread-painting, © 2014 Joni Beach.
To create this piece, first different fabrics were auditioned to see which ones could create the image I wanted.
The background was then composed…
The boats and the guy were constructed separately as appliques before applying them to the background.
Thread-sketching and thread-painting was used extensively to add details and shading. The machine is used similar to the way you would draw with a pencil~~viewing the original photo as a guide, while drawing lines and shading.
Dense-stitch quilting was used on the background elements~~the lake, trees, sky, ground and walkways~~to add texture and dimension. Using heavy threads and embroidery floss, two cables were added to tie the boats together.
You can see this and other pieces in this series, Visions of Spain, on my website Art Gallery!
Available Artwork May Be Purchased Through: Eucalyptus Massage Center Gallery.