The powers that be selected my piece "Reflection" to be included in Martha Sielman's Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits. As part of a series that gives some background information on the art in the book, artists have been asked to write on their blogs about it, and this is my contribution.
The work started with a pencil and paper sketch. I love the gestural nature of drawing, particularly the early stages when sketchy lines are drawn to establish the angles in the figure. I do not like to remove those lines, as I think they impart a feeling of energy to the work. Here is my drawing:
I then went back to the computer and digitally painted the image of my scanned drawing. I wanted to retain the sketch as much as I could, so I only used subtle transparent shading on the image.
Of course, by that time, I was in love with this image, and so I wanted to use her in other media. I work also in kilnformed (fused) glass, and here is her image as it is transformed into glass. I am working on yet another version of this now that will use larger portions of the drawing: