My artist niece, Coleen (Claire Bleu), as we call her accompanied me home from sewing retreat in SC. I was so glad for her company for the 9 hr. drive home. She had a hankering to do some en plein air (French for in the open air) painting, and in this case fiber art painting. I was eager to learn from her with fabric so we worked together on separate “paintings.”

First she sorted my fused fabric scraps and snippets by color. IMG_1476

She drew her outlines onto her fabric canvas and I photocopied my picture to get templates for my picture.IMG_0012

This was supposed to be a 3 hour project, but it ended up being more like 3 days of fun, not work!IMG_0007

Claire’s picture depicts our farm including the hog barns, shop & pump house, and grain bins. Somehow she made it beautiful, just beautiful!IMG_0014

I’m anxious to see her project with the thread painted on it and all finished up.IMG_0016

During the day, Claire Bleu painted on this portrait until 5:00 when it got too dark to see good. She worked on the fabric painting in the evenings and at night.IMG_1478

All too soon it was time for her to go home. Her brother Gabriel was going to GA for the weekend, so she went home with him.IMG_0018

Be sure you check out her website Coleen Barnhart. I think you will like her paintings.

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Comment by Julia Graber on February 22, 2013 at 8:12pm

Thank you ladies. Your kind words are encouraging!

Comment by Dee Shreffler on February 22, 2013 at 6:34pm

Wow ! really nice.  

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 19, 2013 at 12:12pm
you and your family are such talented artists. your neices' depiction of your hog farm is incredible. both pics are incredible. but claire showed the beauty of farm life, and why we endure. the low income, the never ending labor. she caught the tranquile beauty of rural life in one fabulous piece of work. i remeber daddy's long hot dusty hours on the tractor, the harvester... i spent time hauling/setting siphon pipes, hoeing beans and lettuces w my brother (we were very young, but we wanted to help our hard working daddy). but i also remember the glory of dawn skys filled with birdsong and soft air as i sat out in the middle of field on a hay bale.
Comment by viki hagan on February 18, 2013 at 6:08pm

Wow, those are amazing, The both of you are seriously talented artists. I can't wait to see what happens with the thread.

Comment by patbruck on February 18, 2013 at 11:12am

Julia,what a gorgeous quilt you both did,you learned from a great teacher,I do art quilts myself and always enjoy looking and admiring others work.

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