Wednesday, October 01, 2008

What a day!

Some days are just full of good news. Monday was one of those days. It started with a contract from The ArtFul Home to do a commission. A client fell in love with my piece Sun Dance and wanted it for an Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Texas but it turned out to be too big for the available space. So she commissioned to make it in a slightly smaller version. It won't be an exact reproduction because those fabrics are all originals, pieces that I dyed or painted with a variety of surface design techniques.

Sun Dance ©2006

I can reproduce the composition and approximate colors and designs. I've started going through my stash and pulling similar colors but I may have to dye some blues. I used Photoshop Elements to resize the image and printed it out on 20 sheets of paper and taped them together, so now I have a template of the right size and design. This is going to be an interesting project and it could turn out to be more difficult than I imagined it would be.

Good news item #2. Last last month I posted about my last minute decision to enter a different piece into Quilt National. I had to quickly get it quilted and photographed. It seemed to be a better fit with the other two entries as a body of work. It turns out to have been an excellent decision because that's the one that was accepted! Hooray! I think this is the seventh time I have entered and I cringe to think about what I sent in the first few times I entered. Thank heavens it's anonymous jurying. So here's what didn't get in.

Blue Moon ©2008

Window Paint ©2008

Window Paint is the one I spent most of the summer working on after my original entry turned out to be too big. It's pretty big, about 72" wide, and well within the size limit, but not the jurors' choice. I will enter it somewhere else, along with a bunch of other pieces that I've been holding back just in case I thought they were QN worthy.

Below is the postcard for my show at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville, MD. I delivered my work there today and will go back for the opening reception on Sunday. If you're in the area, please stop in. The show is up until October 28. I had sent them a different image to use for the postcard since I didn't plan to put Sun Dance in the show. But I guess it goes better with the other work than the red piece I selected.


Gerrie said...

I love that Window Paint piece!! Can't wait to see what got in. And big congrats on both good news items.

Nellie's Needles said...

Congratulations! I, too, cannot wait to see the piece that got in ... especially after viewing those that didn't.

Lisa Call said...

Congrats on the commission and on the acceptance! It is your time - woohoo!!!

TALL GIRL said...

Fabulous, Cathy!!! Congratulations on both commission and getting work juried into QN! So far you are the only one I have heard of who did get work in. Maybe you are having a solo exhibit?!!!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Oh, congrats on both! Yes, you will find "remaking" a piece for that commission harder than you think. It just may start telling you it doesn't want to be so much like the first, which I personally think is a good thing.

I too love the Window Paint piece, and the other one's no slouch either. I'm sure we all can't wait to see the one that made it. What a thrill and tribute to perseverance!

Natalya Khorover Aikens said...

congratulations! way to go!