Often, try as I might, life chores and expectations get in the way of making art. Every other artist I know struggles with this same thing. In order to produce art, one has to move from all those left-brained activities over to calmness of the right brain. It can't just be turned off and on. I am currently working on a new piece, but it is coming along slowly, due to all those life chores. I will post some pictures of it in progress but until then I decided it might be nice to post pictures of old work once in a while. I have many pieces that were produced long before I started this blog.
So, here's an oldie but, IMHO, a goodie. This was sold several years ago and I still miss it. It was one of my favorites. It was made for an international challenge where we were each supposed to use a piece of money as our inspiration. I chose the Canadian "Loonie". I did not go for absolute realism. I had a great stash of black and white fabrics that I thought would produce a whimsical looking bird. After all, the loon has pretty dandy looking plumage.
This close up view shows how I pleated the houndstooth print before placing it on the back of the bird. It was a fun piece to do. It raveled to Japan and New Zealand, as well as several place here in the US.