Thursday, September 24, 2009

Work in Progress

On an inspirational site I read called Blisschick Christine was sharing insights as to how to deal with the sometimes negative chatter that goes on in the mind of the artist. To combat that chatter she called it getting your 'Artist Warrior' on. The idea so captivated me I immediately went home, cleared the design table & attempted to create what I imagined my 'Artist Warrior' would look like. A few drawings later, I had it. I put 'her' down, had the hair, staff, Raven guide, robe. But what was I looking at in the night sky?

I had to make it night sky because the only fabric I had that played well with the bright robe & hair was a darker fabric. But the trouble was then trying to imbue light back into the scene. Originally there was going to be a bright star. And that's where the work stopped. Labor Day weekend.

Sadly, we lost our youngest cat; you can read that account here and so after a couple weeks of tears and having the Artist Warrior on my design wall waiting; I found the perfect thing to be reflecting on in the night sky. Coco's eyes. This is still a work in progress as evidenced by the pins showing; there will be tulle added, beading and more quilting certainly. But it's off to a good start. It's a personal piece; not for a show or gallery necessarily, but just because I was so captivated by the idea I had to make it/her/me. What fun!

The calligraphy is in Irish and reads, 'Strength; Love and Honor'.

Any comments are appreciated!

13 comments:

  1. Stacy, it's beautiful! It's so special too with Coco's eyes. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  2. very lovely. i love coco's eyes. i find it inspiring how you weave your life into your art.

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  3. Awesome! And great touch to add Coco's eyes!

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  4. It is beautiful, as usual, and a kind tribute to Coco. I hope it helps you recover.

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  5. what everyone said - simply awesome and a wonderful tribute to Coco.

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  6. Such a great piece Stacy and a wonderful way to honor and remember Coco.

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  7. Oh man, this got me! Coco's eyes are the perfect answer for that sky! I'm glad you are finding your creative mojo again, my friend. Hugs.

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  8. It's turning out gorgeous. The eyes really add dimension to it. You are so prolific!

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  9. Thank you ladies! I appreciate all the great comments. I'm going to finish her this weekend & will post final shots (& detail) when she's done.

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  10. Hey Stacy, that is great!
    What is with..."It's a personal piece; not for a show or gallery necessarily, ..."

    Get that artist warrior out and practice saying "this is good enough for a show or gallery."!! At the very least, it will speak to viewers, which is as valuable as going for a prize.
    Sandy in the UK

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  11. Wonderful! Cats were regarded in Celtic mythology as guiding souls between worlds and were allowed to slip between the faery (Middle) kingdom and our world. Queen Maeve (who was part faery) was said to be found as an infant in a cavern known as the Cave of Cats, a passage to the otherworld.

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  12. Ohh - you really nailed it with beauty! Well done. Perfect use of the marbled fabric too. Thanks to Lynn above for the Celtic myth about cats - no wonder I've so many !

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  13. amazing. truly amazing. and inspirational. and so much more....this is my first visit to your blog. but i will be back......

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