Category Archives: Art in nature

Digital design thoughts and explorations

 

Have been playing around with digital designs and searching for my next quilt idea to carry out in actual fabric. Many considerations feed into this decision:

What will look dramatic as an overall image? What would be unusual and not done before?

What size and format?

Are the prints able to be printed so they are not pixelated at a large size?  Whole cloth appearance or lots of small fused applique pieces?

What other techniques will I use?….do I have an itch to try? [...]

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Visions Art Museum to feature recent work by Charlotte Ziebarth

Shifting Winds

 

Earth Wind Water   featuring recent work by me opens April 18 and runs through July 2, 2017 at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego.

 

 

 The above pictured, Shifting Winds, is part of my current exploration involving the use of cut strips of silk prints as digital surface design.  By layering these strips of imagery in ways different from the original digital painting I can create a new landscape impression.  Rather than relying on the digitally altered photograph [...]

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Layered Voices, a SAQA traveling exhibit opens April 4

Smoke And Ashes

 

Smoke and Ashes , part of my Ruins series, will soon appear at the International Quilt Study Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska where it will appear until July 30, 2017.  This exhibition is called Layered Voices and will travel after its run in Lincoln.

 More about this series was discussed in this blog post.

 

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Design Play for Next Quilt Series

  

I’m spending time making studies of possible quilts for the next series. I think it is still going to be water themed. I have so many interesting water textures, reflections, and water line arrangements I would like to use, and they go well together, sometimes contrasting and sometimes more in harmony.  I am exploring rhythms and line qualities as well as secondary more subtle imagery that appears when you deconstruct the photo-related design. I have played [...]

Posted in Art in nature, Techniques

Playing with Photo and Painting Combos

 

Once again I am playing with combining photos I’ve taken recently with some of the painting and sketchbook drawings I’ve done. I don’t know whether or how I will use them, but they are fun to experiment with. There are of course lots of combinations with blending modes and different repetitions of layers.  For these I am letting the colors of the painting determine the final colors, for the most part.

 

Leaves and foam on the creek surface

 

Posted in Art in nature, Digital Tools, Inspiration photos, Painting

2016 SAQA Auction is coming up soon

Piers, 2016 SAQA AuctionDonation by Charlotte Ziebarth

The 2016 SAQA fundraising auction starts September 16.  My mini quilt, entitled Piers, can be seen here at the SAQA website. Instructions for how the auction works can be found there as well as all the other quilts. 

This piece came fro one of my ocean photo prints plus some digital coloration. It was inspired by the many pier remains that can be seen along the coasts of California. The colors are [...]

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Inspiration

When people ask me what inspires me I usually say the things I see in nature…lines of trees, shapes of leaves, colors of fall,  ripples in water reflections, the effects of rust, etc.  But that is only part of the story…
 
 

 
 

 

Next I get inspired when I start playing around with color in Photoshop..adding a gradient blending layer to a photo or between two photos starts me sighing with the beauty in the resulting paintings…….I [...]

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Reflection/Ripples Installed at Valencia campus of UNM

 

 

In early November I finally saw one of my digital quilts installed as part of New Mexico’s Art in Public Places Program. It had been 10 months since I was first notified of the purchase. Reflection/Ripples was one of my first quilts with water reflection imagery….and one of my best in my opinion.

 

Reflection/Ripples 2008 Valencia campus of the University of New Mexico

 

 Here are a couple of detail views and some installation views.  The grass reflections are emphasized with [...]

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Images From California Trip

I recently came back from a trip to San Francisco for opera, visit to family, and another “beach-fix”, and of course there is art everywhere.

Here are some images:

From the Turner Exhibit at the de Young

A visit to the de Young Museum in San Francisco was amazing.  I loved seeing how this master painted light and water and produced such magic. I especially liked them as they got more abstracted–more realism was left out. You could feel these storms [...]

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New Waterlines Series Quilt

 

 

 

The first viewing of a new series I’ve called the Waterline Series is called Water On The Bias.  I have been using photos taken of water ripples and reflections at the Locks in Seattle last summer.  I am interested in the stripe quality and almost shibori- like characteristics of these photos.  I have used them pretty much as is, not doing much digital work except enhancing brightness, contrast, and hue saturation in order to get a good print on the [...]

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