Saturday, June 27, 2015

Rock Star

This challenge was really fun.  I got off to a late start, thinking and trying several ideas until I came up with this one. "Neon" reminds me of nightclubs, bar signs and sometimes the your-name-in-lights idea of fame.

I ran upstairs and recruited one of my favorite "models" to pose for this portrait. I used a desk light to create a single light source, to resemble a stage spotlight.  He was already playing guitar so he didn't really have to work too hard. LOL

To fulfil the challenge, I used neon-colored fabrics in green, yellow and red-orange, as well as some neon blue and pink threads.  For my overall theme of "reflection", the shiny metal surfaces of the button on the guitar strap and the tuners seem to fit the bill.  Reflection could also refer to the way Graeson turns to music when he wants to chill out alone.  He becomes absorbed in the music as he improvises melodies.  Not having any musical ability myself, I find it fascinating. It seems like a form of meditation or mental escape.

technical details:
finished size 28"W x 42"H
cotton fabric, hand cut and layered and secured using raw-edge applique, quilting with hand-guided free motion stitching, rayon and polyester threads


  1. Wow Kate! Even before I read your post I was drawn to the button on the strap! Amazing how such a small detail can make such a large impact. Beautifully done.

  2. I love the perspective you shot this at! He looks like a willing model. Just stunning and a great interpretation of reflection!

    1. Thanks Martha! Yes, he's used to me taking photos of him after all these years. I basically said "Just keep doing whatever you're doing; I'm going to point this bright light at your face." LOL

  3. The way you used lighting to bring the subject into relief is fabulous!

  4. It’s beautiful and eye-catching, Kate! I love the color contrast between the background and rock star. He looks so focus on his music. Just like you say, he becomes absorbed in the music, isn’t it? Thank you for liking the challenge!

  5. Thank you Hsin-Chen. This was a great idea for a challenge :-)

  6. OMG I got to see Rock Star up close and personal on Saturday. He is a real knock out!! And a great interpretation of Sin-Chen's challenge.

  7. Desde Chile te saludo, quede encantada con tu trabajo, como das forma a la iluminación es sorprendente, excelente trabajo.