I have always loved the artist, Paul Klee, so when Alida invited me to join the Art with Fabric Blog Hop, I jumped at the chance. Alida asked us to choose ‘a’ work of art to inspire our textile creations. I couldn’t choose just one!!
Instead, I chose two pieces by Paul Klee:
The first is titled, “Landscape with Yellow Birds,” and the second is “Fire in the Evening Sky.”(Museum of Modern Art, New York). Of course, one can’t have two without three so I found a poem on Jill Berry Design‘s blog which really spoke to me about hope.
LANDSCAPE WITH YELLOW BIRDS
Shuntaro Tanikawa (1931-Â Â Â )
there are birds
so there is sky
there is sky
so there are balloons
there are balloons
so children are running
children are running
so there is laughter
there is laughter
so there is sadness
so there is prayer
and ground for kneeling
there is ground
so water is flowing
and there’s today and tomorrow
there is a yellow bird
so with all colors forms and movements
there is the world
Paul Klee’s ‘Fire in the Evening Sky’ inspired me to construct my landscape with horizontal lines. Our beautiful sunsets over the Mississippi river this summer gave me a color scheme. My birds are drawn from the ‘Birds in Air” block:
I inserted triangle birds into my landscape–red, for the cardinals which visit my yard, and a yellow bird to add color and hope.
I chose a quilting design which also used horizontal lines and triangles. In addition, I drew yellow and red birds with big stitch hand quilting. Finally, I added some random big stitch quilting lines to add spark and interest.
I used pearl cotton thread and a chenille needle to do my ‘big stitches’. I also used a thimble–which, in my opinion, is necessary when doing any type of hand quilting.
Please visit the other bloggers up today:
Bea @ beaquilter (http://www.beaquilter.com/)
Heather @ heatherquilts (http://www.heatherquilts.blogspot.com/)
5 thoughts on “Art with Fabric Blog Hop–Landscape with Birds”
I love Paul Klee, too. Beautiful quilt!
Very nice way to integrate different inspiration pieces! Thanks for joining the hop!
One of my most admired artists! Nice work! Great poem too!
Such a great way to combine the inspiration from two pieces by your favorite artist! The result is wonderful. I especially love the big stiich birds. Reminds me that I want to explore big stitch embellishments some day.
Great interpretation of Paul Klee! I love your hand stitching, and that little yellow triangle!