Monday, October 4, 2010

Working on Joy

I've been working on a piece to represent the word "joy" for Textile Abstractions, the challenge group I'm a part of, and I'm trying something new.  I decided to create a piece based on a side view photograph of my youngest daughter with her head thrown back in laughter.  Now, not only have I never tried to create a face like this before, but I'm also constructing her out of colors I typically don't use.

This is taking me forever.  I confess that I'm dreading making her ear... all those in and outs that still end up looking rather odd, even if it looks like an ear.  Still, I'm going to persevere because I like the direction this is going.   I've placed the face on this blue fabric so you can see her better; I'm actually going to be using this color for the next layer of dark hair.  The "official" background fabric -- well, the jury's still out on that one.  




8 comments:

norma said...

I like where this is headed. Are you using Maria Elkin's method?

Karen L R said...

fabulous!

Cindy said...

Wow, an ambitious challenge, and you are rising to it! It definitely expresses joy!

Michigoose said...

So far, so good, Vivien! Isn't it amazing how little pieces of flat fabric can give the illusion of depth and contour? You'll do fine on the ear, and I love her teeth and mouth! Another area not easily done!

Susan Schrott said...

You definitely captured the "JOY"
I can feel the abandonment with which head it thrown back and the smile is so natural. That is not an easy task to achieve. I have complete confidience that you will figure out her ear!

wlstarn said...

Looks great!

Natalya Aikens said...

she is looking fabulous!

Phyllis Cullen Art Studio said...

your first portrait? no way!! It's coming along so nicely, no awkward shapes jarring the image. You coukld actually stop here and just have the hair/background be a lost edge.
Adding thread always brings portraits even more depth and contour. I'll be looking forward to seeing it after stitching