Friday, April 06, 2012

Fire

Finished the campfire piece today. Actually, I thought I had it finished yesterday. It looked like this:

I don't know if you can see what I changed. The bottom foreground wasn't quite working for me. Those rocks around the fire looked too tight and somehow unnatural. And the ground itself wasn't "grounding." I added a couple more rocks and some deep shadow, which seem like an improvement to me. And then I added more sparks. Seemed like it needed those.

This piece will be submitted for our next High Fiber Diet show, "The Elements." If I can get them done in time, I hope to complete all four elements to submit. I started with "fire" because it seemed the most challenging, but now I am having a hard time coming up with any ideas for earth, air and water!

The size of this is 15" x 35". I kind of wish I had made it larger.

74 comments:

  1. This is just wonderful......I feel like getting out the marshmallows.

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  2. You really caught the sparkle of the flames and sparks!!!

    Cant wait to see the others!!

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  3. I wouldn't have thought you could make a campfire with little squares. Apparently, you can! It is wonderful and captures the essence. Love it!

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  4. Anonymous5:31 AM

    I saw your work at the Houston Festival last Fall and have been following your blog. The campfire quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I just love how you interpret your subject matter and visually express yourself. Cheryl

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! It feels warm and just seems to crackle. Very well done IMHO.

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  6. I love the campfire - it so reminds me of many camping trips. Mary Ann

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  7. I absolutely love it!

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  8. Wow, now it just pops. Your work is fabulous; what a talent you have.

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  9. Nancy7:57 AM

    In the vernacular of my sons, "You really nailed it!" It has been fun to follow the construction and thought involved in this piece; and it shows off your artistic prowess. This piece succeeds in evoking all the senses: I can almost smell pines and smoke, hear the crackle and pop, (taste burnt marshmallows?), and see a bit of magic floating into the treetops. Great work, Terry.

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  10. Ooh Terry, you have done a wonderful job of capturing that magical sense of sparks flying ... And you've done it in your own true style which adds a delightful abstraction. I will look forward to seeing what you do with earth, water, and air,

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  11. I absoulutly love how you did the sparks. It works so well.

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  12. It's all "snap, crackle, and POP". Wonderful interpretation. And the late additions were perfect solutions. LOVE this. Bravo!

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  13. Fabulous! Will the other three be the same size and incorporate your fabulous doodly quilting?

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  14. This just makes me cry, it's so darn good. I am always humbled and delighted by the talents of quilters. And I are one.

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  15. Wow! This is too beautiful!

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  16. I am enthralled. I am amazed at how you've capture fire in a quilt. AMAZED.

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  17. The rocks made the difference. It's wonderful. c

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  18. I've always admired your work but this one leaves me in awe. You are so talented.
    Cheers from Mexico

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  19. This is one of the most amazingly beautiful things I have ever seen!!!! FABULOUS!!!!

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  20. This is stunning! And the little things you did at the end made a huge difference. Who'd've thunk it? I love that you let us in on that.

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  21. It looks great! Are the extra sparks dots of paint? Can't wait to see the other elements.

    Is there a size restriction for the show?

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  22. Stunning! The decision to abstract the flames is a stroke of genius. The changes you made elevated it from merely good to brilliant

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  23. I love your campfire quilt! Fire is my favorite part of camping. My kids have been watching old episodes of the Avatar series. Lots of water, air, earth and fire, but I don't know if it could inspire a quilt!

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  24. Love this! The details are amazing. I love the fire!

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  25. This is fabulous! And, yes, I can see the difference - the shadows and additional sparks really to finish the piece.

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  26. WOW! I absolutely Love this quilt! It is amazing!

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  27. Superb! I love it!

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  28. Wow! Wow! Wow! You made me SMILE!
    I don't like this quilt , ILOVE It! Such talent !
    Thanks for sharing ?
    Is it for sale?

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  29. I was checking my Pinterest this morning and found your beautiful quilt someone had pinned. I can not think of words to express how amazing your quilt is! Awesome, fun, happy, memories, summer.... Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  30. I LOVE this! I was perusing Pinterest & discovered it. Terrific!

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  31. Me too, found this on Pinterest and fell in love with this piece!

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  32. This is incredible. So beautiful. I want to recreate it, but I'm afraid to even try.

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  33. Absolutely beautiful.

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  34. Anonymous12:27 PM

    Wow. Just Wow.

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  35. WOW ....Absolutely Stunning! Sharing with my readers!

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  36. Saw this on Pintrest and wanted to say that this is truly an amazing piece. I wonder if you were able to complete all of the elements?

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  37. Oh Terry! This is the epitome of the Aussie Camp Fire, totally spectacular. I live what you have created, I adore both versions but do agree those extra sparks give it the 'tingle factor'

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  38. Found it on pinterest. It's absolutely amazing....magical !

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  39. Spot on! So happy to have stumbled onto your work via Pinterest. Your Fire quilt is fabulous!

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  40. Wow. Spectacular.

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  41. I just saw this on Pinterest. Absolutely stunning!

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  42. Anonymous6:57 PM

    This is a wonderful quilt. You are talented. This is a great example of something not often captured except by abstract pieces.

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  43. Can you stand one more person telling you how absolutely stunning this quilt is? It just touches something in everyone who sees it.

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  44. I love this. I was wondering how you made the sparks? They look so real.

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  45. Anonymous5:49 AM

    I LOVE everything about this Quilt! I think I could look at it for hours :)

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  46. Anonymous5:44 AM

    Your quilt is wonderful! It makes me want to make one! They do say that imitation is the best form of flattery. You did an awesome job!

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  47. itssewnice1:03 PM

    The most personally relevant quilt design I've ever seen! Thank you so much.

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  48. Absolutely breathtaking and mouth-watering....Break out the s'mores!!!

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  49. You should give a tutorial about how to make a quilt like this! I am sure many of us here would love to learn to make something as beautiful as that.

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  50. I do see the difference now that you point it out. Love it!!!

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  51. Love it and I can see the changes that you made

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  52. This is stunning. be still my heart. I am I such a campfire girl...goodness I love it. Going camping this weekend!!!!

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  53. Anonymous7:58 AM

    So beautiful, In staying with theme you could have a water spout for water a dust devil for earth, and Wind blowing leaves for earth. I would never be able to do such a complicated piece, but admire those of you who can and do.

    Paula Lund

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  54. Totally amazing. You have caught the beauty of a campfire.

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  55. Anonymous1:54 PM

    beautiful quilt!

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  56. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Outstanding! Can't imagine the others will be too much of a challenge for you, a campfire is not what I would think of (being from California, the mind instantly goes to our mountains on fire) but I'm guessing the next three will be stunners too. When I think of water I think of the ocean, white caps and bubbles. Looking forward to following you on your journey.

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  57. Hi Terry, I just saw your beautiful quilt on pinterest as did a lot of other people apparently from these comments. This is such nice work - awesome job!

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  58. oh my.....you are truly a fabulous artist! :)

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  59. This is just gorgeous. Beautiful workmanship. Have you made a pattern for this that you're willing to sell to us other quilters so we can try to make one too? I am just in love with this!

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  60. I love it! Thanks for putting it up, and speaking of the changes made. It's wonderful.

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  61. Anonymous12:16 PM

    I love, love, love it!! 😍

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  62. The changes made all the difference! I like this quilt so much that I've tried to pin it multiple times on Pinterest!

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  63. Very pretty! I can almost smell the campfire and feel the heat! Great job!

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  64. The fire looks so hot and real. Superb construction.

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  65. Do you sell/share this pattern? Beautiful

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  66. Do you sell/share a pattern for this quilt? Just Beautiful

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  67. Anonymous8:58 AM

    Love it.

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  68. Anonymous8:03 PM

    Amazing quilt. Love to buy a pattern. I am a big fan of your

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  69. I just love this!!!

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  70. I'm a lifelong camper - this is just spectacular.

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  71. I would love a pattern for this quilt, though it would take me the rest of my life to complete. Most beautiful.

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