Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Last Crazy Quilt Birdhouse

It seems that all good things must come to an end. I have finished the third and last "Crazy Quilt Birdhouse Series" and found that it was far more fun than I ever imagined. In fact, so much fun and challenging that I may expand these designs onto platters, trays and such.

However, after entering the first Crazy Quilt birdhouse on the DecoArt Summer Americana contest, I was both surprised AND pleased to find that I was one of three finalists! In fact, the voting continues on their web site through July 2nd. If you wish, you can click this link and you can vote for one of three finalists. I am the birdhouse on the right!

The winner doesn't win a great amount of money, but it would be a source of pride for the winner. Now don't get me wrong, I AM honored to be chosen at all. It is an honor to be in the company of people far more experienced and talented than me. However, I would appreciate your vote!

When I began this series, I didn't realize the potential for design. The idea of putting fabrics together is just as arduous as picking out paints. And to make matters worse, I had to paint the fabrics and make sure that the same pattern was used wherever the background color was used. However, it was great fun if tedious at times.

Things that can be used and still show the whimsical design became important. Anyone that is a quilter or admires the quilting art should enjoy such an item. And trust me, it is NOT easy to paint a fabric design on a birdhouse!

I think it is the constant challenge of finding something new to paint...quilting ideas, Rosemaling, Tudor, Pennsylvania Dutch, all ideas that seem to be out of the box. It becomes rather boring and even trite and repetitive (ala Thomas Kincade the "painter of light") to not try something new and different. I suppose though, and anyone who has seen Kincade's earlier works knows how talented he was, it is easier to find a niche and remain there. It takes a Van Gogh, Cezanne or Braque to constantly experiment and try something new or different.

I can't wait to try and use these designs on a flat surface. They will be fun yet challenging.
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1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to congratulate you on winning the DecoArt contest! Your birdhouse is fantastic! Enjoy the prize package. Pretty great, huh?!


    P.S. Don't sell yourself short in the "talent" and "experience" dept. You are both extremely talented (and patient!) and experienced.