Saturday, December 17, 2011

Finally, Some Time to Post

Sanctuary II

It's been almost a month since I've had time to post on my blog. I've been busy teaching, and getting my studio back together. Life has also gotten in the way. Good things but not leaving me time to do my art work.

I've missed working more than I can say and I'm really looking forward to the New Year and having more time.

The Arts Guild of Clemson, SC is having their first members show in January and I have decided to enter two pieces. Sanctuary II is two photo I manipulated in Photo Shop Elements. It is printed on cotton sateen and matted and framed.

This is a silhouette of a bird taken in a sanctuary on Harbor Island, SC. I did a little color enhancing to make the background a little more pink. I then decided to add the following photo.

The color was removed from this photo and I added a pinkish color. I then blended the two photos to achieve the following photo. I also flipped the photo so that the birds would look better together.

When I framed the piece I felt that a little needed to cropped off to make the design more interesting.

Spirit of the Kiva II

This piece was treated similarly to the one above. I began with the photo below taken when my husband I were visiting NM.

This is the interior of an American Indian Kiva or Holy Place. I felt so blessed to be in this space. The lighting was wonderful, I was in there by myself and fortune smiled upon me.

This beautiful child's portrait was taken in Copper Canyon, Mexico while my husband and I were on an Elderhostel trip several years ago. I then constructed the following portrait.

After I photographed the portrait of my little Mexican beauty I blended that photo with the photo of the Kiva to achieve this final design.

I quilted this piece before I matted and framed the finished piece. I chose to quilt the lines of the Kiva leaving the girl to appear as a presence.

I will be off line until after the holidays but I wish you all the best of the Season.


  1. Wow, stunning! I've myself and my daughter PhotoShop for Christmas. She will just go nuts when the present is opened. I, on the other hand, will be pushing my learning curve. Keeps us young!
    Hugs from Mary

  2. Lovely work. Ilove the photos and blending that you have done. Very inspirational. Thank you, Marilyn.

  3. These are wonderful! I would have been afraid to put that holy place interior on top of the little girl's face, but it worked so well for you.

  4. Hi!
    I saw your post on one of the art quilt lists. I'm rather new to art quilting and always thrilled when I see someone in South Carolina creating such beautiful works of art. How large are these two new pieces?

  5. Thanks to you all for your comments. When it's possible I reply to those who comment. Can't figure out emails for others.

    I wanted to answer Susan's question about size. The Kiva's finished fabric size is 12 x 18 with frame and mat 21 x 27. Sanctuary is 12 x 14 finished fabric size with frame and mat 19 x 23.