Today it is my turn on the Dinner@8 blog which is profiling the artists in this year’s juried invitational exhibit, Reflections. Please do click on the link to read their interview with me! Fittingly, it is also Eli’s first Cross Country practice (to his dismay at 7:30 am!) of the season. Why? Because my quilt this year is of Eli’s 2013 Cross Country season:
Four years ago, I created a portrait of Joshua for the Beneath the Surface exhibit also created by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison, the artists behind Dinner@8.
This year it was Eli’s turn to have a portrait done at the same age. The theme this year was Reflections, and for once I didn’t want to do something literal. I’ve always loved looking at children and seeing features from their parents in them, as well as getting to know them and seeing bits of personality that come from their families. With Eli, he has brains (from both of us but I’ll take credit), athletic prowess (totally from his dad!), determination (stubbornness? we’re both guilty on that one), the broad shoulders of my dad and brothers. So Eli is running headlong into his future, a Reflection of his past and a hint of his future.
At long last, I’m happy to share with you some in progress photos, too. First I had to take reference photos (since I can’t remember all the angles!). There were decisions to make: head on? from behind (since he’s usually at the front of the pack)? sideways? On the Camden Hills course or not? Scale and composition….
I knew I wanted to have him running on the home course, which is why I took these photos:
I decided to use a photo of Eli running from Festival of Champions, coming around a corner at about the same angle they run into the forest in the photos above. So I first worked on creating Eli, then I designed a background similar to the photos above. The path and trees were easy, but getting a middle-ground in the right scale for the ferns and whatnot at the edge of the path proved tricky without an actual photograph (by this time it was mid-winter and covered with snow, so couldn’t go take another look).
Then it was time to dye the fabric to match the photo of him in his Camden Hills uniform. Thank heavens I’ve taken those Carol Soderlund classes–I got the right color the first time:
The remainder of the fabric got used in this quilt:
So now it is time to go dye fabric for another quilt! Do surf over to the Dinner@8 blog to read their interview with me and the other artists in this year’s Reflections exhibit.