Thursday, August 27, 2015

Just what's so unusual?

I know that what is unconventional or unusual materials  for me is certainly not that unusual to several of my colleagues.

Oil pastel is very unusual for my work as I am unsure of its control and I am also wary of it's permanence.  So, throwing caution to the wind, I combined it with some other uncommon bits:  discharged images and textiles from far-away places.  The piece is densely quilted with added hand stitching.

Home of the Exotic Blue Crow
Now I have a test subject for permanence of oil pastel in my work.  Fingers crossed.

Blue Crow detail


  1. I love it! The crows are just fantastic. Great use of blue for the feathers; they really bounce off the "page" in contrast to the oranges, browns and other earth tones.

  2. sorry, thumbs down on permanence of oil pastel- tested it. treasure it while it lasts, the birds are marvelous!

  3. Love the tree shape I'm seeing with the crows on the branches. The Shiva oil paint sticks are good for fabric. I have used them for 15 years and they are still there!

  4. The blue feathers are just fantastic! Perfect for this piece. I love the shape too.

  5. Wow! I love the blue feathers and the shape of your work, Diane. It’s gorgeous.