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Alice L Lemke

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This is the first forum post I started in a long time and I hope you like it. I'm starting this to put all my pictures of my new painting (May 2014) in one place.

Sometime in late 2013, now I don't even remember when, I started this painting. I took photos of the subject arranging and taking a hundred or so shots at all angles.  I chose one and drew the sketch from it. For this painting, I went straight to the drawing skipping a lot of thumbnails. I don't even remember why now. This was going to be a more realistic, photo-like painting, at least that was the plan then. 

After starting the painting, with much fear and trepidation, I put it aside for months.  You can see it behind my Richeson Extreme Kolinskies that I got for Christmas.


I have given myself a deadline of the last day of May 2014 to have it done. 
For the quilters, the pattern is called "Glorified Nine Patch."


I'm working section by section, almost, but not quite, finishing each as I go.

Taking extreme close-ups helps check for mistakes and unwanted hard edges. I use a #2 Fritch Scrubber  brush to carefully blend out edges that are too sharp. As I am painting old fabric, everything is faded and soft looking. I can also use my big lighted magnifying glass with the daylight florescent bulb.


I often look at my work through my camera and take pictures. My camera has an enhanced black & white feature that lets me instantly check the values. When I take the photo, though, it becomes grainy and textured. It looks more realistic on the camera screen. This tells me when I'm getting the modeling right.


I call this square "Yesterday's Roses" in the middle of the "Hawaiian Holiday" squares. All of the fabrics are from 1954 or earlier. I think I will name all the pieces, then I will name the whole painting.


After messing up a flower square, I thought I would attack some plain sections and go back later to fix it. The white turns out to be the hardest part! The old quilt is completely made by hand, so you get these distinctive wrinkles that resemble human skin. Using mainly a combination of French Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Burnt Orange for varying temperatures of shadow, I also used the colors of the surrounding squares to reflect their colors, as well as the color of the sky on the muslin squares.

3 new colors: Daniel Smith's Potter's Pink (a granular mauve), Cobalt Teal Blue and Holbein's Jaune Brilliant #2 (a semi-opaque peach). 


Handmade "Glorified Nine Patch" 70" x 77" 100% cotton fabric and batting. 

This quilt was given to my parents for their wedding Dec. 11, 1954 by my mom's Aunt Iris, the wife of my grandma's brother, Ben. It could have been 20 years old at the time. My mom used to put this quilt on the bottom of my playpen to keep me from hitting my head as there was no padding in the playpens back then.


Aunt Iris was a restroom attendant in the state capitol in Sacramento, CA. While sitting and waiting to clean the room, she would work on quilt squares (on the taxpayer's dime). She did hundreds and finished many quilts.  All have been lost by her "no good grandchildren" (her name for them).  As you can see, every bit of fabric was used and many of the pieces are pieced themselves. Usually she matched the pattern, but not here.

I was disappointed to learn that Aunt Iris was not a nice person and that my Grandma didn't get along with her. There goes my happy backstory!


The magic maroon stripes. This thing is going frustratingly slow, I'll probably have to mat only the finished part and hide the unfinished part until later. 


The finished painting unframed June 1st, 2014. I may work on it some more and put it in a bigger frame. Photo taken in the shade of the oak trees. You can really see the reflection of the blue sky, just like our art teachers tell us. Shade is cool and blue when the shaded thing faces the sky.


Here it is in the sun, in the same angle that the original photo was taken and it looks the most like the painting, a bit warmer than what it looks like inside.


Yay!  I didn't think I could do it, but here it is!! I have it all wrapped up and ready to go to its new adventure tomorrow.  Thanks for following this blog!   


PS This painting and 9 others are at the El Dorado County Fair in Placerville until 6/15/14. It won a first for the miscellaneous subject class of the adult amateur watercolor division.  It was worth it to get that sticker!

Alice

Well, I did it! I finished the painting!  There will be more working on it as I add more darks and highlights, but it's good enough to show here.  It has taken 9 months - I started it in October of last year - and I've been working on it exclusively for the last month or so. 


Here are some extra details...


I wish I hadn't chopped the top off, but I can always add another chunk on if I really wanted. 

Now that it's done, I can't wait to do a brushy, big loose work! I tried to make the edges looser and less detailed, but they were still time consuming. 

It needs a name - something to do with the quilt being women's expression of art.

"The Wedding Quilt" was one of the two of my paintings that were accepted into the in the Sacramento Fine Arts watercolor show, Sept. 2014. I was so proud that it was displayed so prominently with one of the winners. The other one accepted was my Clarksville house painting.

Exactly one year from when I started it, my paintings are in a real art show. So cool.

« Last Edit: October 08, 2014, 07:31:36 PM by Alice L Lemke »
"There's no such thing as 'genius,' it's hard work and aptitude!" Ed Whitney quoted by Tony Couch, 2014


Danielle123

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Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 12:55:51 PM
This is very beautifull, i like your style.  :clap: :clap: :clap:  that is a very   Nice quilt.
Danielle
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Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 01:47:44 PM
Looking good, Alice! I'm glad you gave yourself a deadline. They help, don't they? I look forward to seeing the finished painting. I'm sure it will be stunning.
--Susan

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Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 06:29:56 PM
Thanks, Danielle & Sue! You wouldn't believe how hard it is to do each square, thinking I could mess up the whole thing. I'm fighting with a floral and line print that is a real booger! I think I'll do some white for a while.
"There's no such thing as 'genius,' it's hard work and aptitude!" Ed Whitney quoted by Tony Couch, 2014


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Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 03:52:09 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Wow, Alice, what an undertaking but when it is completed you will be ecstatic with the result I am sure.  Wonderful to see how you tackle such a big project and thank you for sharing.   Patricia
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Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 05:57:10 AM
Beautiful Alice.  :clap: :clap:

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Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 08:44:56 AM
Alice I'm glad you started your own thread-I was always a bit confused if you ever wanted any feedback.  :confused:

It's a beautiful piece and I enjoy reading about your process.
~Natalie

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Reply #7 on: May 24, 2014, 06:33:22 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, Pat, Nina & Natalie! I'm so glad you like my posts and my painting. I have done one post before, on the Yosemite painting and you-all really helped.  Thanks to all!

I've put another photo up on the first post.
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Reply #8 on: May 25, 2014, 06:41:29 AM
Progressing very nicely Alice, I used to enjoy making quilts by hand. That in itself was quite the challenge, creating a painting of one would be even more so. Good on you.  O0 Looking forward to seeing the next step.  :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #9 on: May 27, 2014, 08:32:58 AM
As with all of your paintings, Alice - this one too is quite impressive.  How large is it? I love that you're challenging yourself to do something so complicated - that's how we can all learn to better ourselves. One of these days my personal challenge is to paint the golden gate bridge!
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Reply #10 on: May 27, 2014, 09:42:50 AM
Oh, Alice.  I feel so bad.  I completely missed your quilts when you posted them. 

Exquisite work, dear lady.

So beautifully painted.

I am in awe!

aloha

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Reply #11 on: May 27, 2014, 10:16:57 AM
Thanks, everyone! I'm putting everything up in the first part of the post so you don't have to hunt through the entire blog post to find all the pictures. I hope this is OK.
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Reply #12 on: May 27, 2014, 11:12:13 AM
Well-I don't think I would be very pleasant if someone lost all that hard work.  Good for you recognizing the beauty of your Aunt's work.   O0
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Reply #13 on: May 28, 2014, 11:42:36 AM
Love the technique you used and the colors. Quilts are a lot of fun to paint. Really nice job Alice. :yippee:

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Reply #14 on: May 29, 2014, 06:39:21 PM
Thanks everyone, and I'm really enjoying working on this painting. I'm not going to make my deadline with 100% completed, but I hope to get at least most of it done.
"There's no such thing as 'genius,' it's hard work and aptitude!" Ed Whitney quoted by Tony Couch, 2014


 

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