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April 21, 2017
Simultaneous Contrast - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


13 years ago, Cynthia Corbin said to me, "Why are we talking about color choices.  Put some fabric up on that board.  You make Visual decisions Visually".  She was right then and she's still right now. Even though, I'm a planner and I've gotten into the habit of planning out a specific palette, that doesn't mean I truly know how all the colors are going to look together until I see them together.  I mean, the color wheel says they go together -- so they should right?  Well, yes and no.


How colors appear is relative to ...

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April 14, 2017
FotoJet - A Review - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Focus Function used
The Before
Recently, I was approached by FotoJet to give  a review of their photo editing site. Although the site can be used free,  they graciously gave me a year premium subscription to try out their editor and see what I think.  Since, after upgrading to Windows 10, I have not been able to find a photo editor to my liking, I agreed.  The photo editor that comes with Window 10 is totally useless to me (although I'm sure other's will disagree).

Now first a word about my editing.  I do have Photoshop Elements, but ...

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April 7, 2017
An Evening with William Wegman - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Left Right, Black White
Tonight, I was lucky enough to get to hear a lecture given by William Wegman, of Weimaraner dog fame.  It was such a great lecture because he started with the first photo he ever took and then told about how he started taking pictures of his first dog - Man Ray - named after the Surrealistic artist.  The lecture then traveled us through this man's 50 year career and gave us a glimpse into his creative process.  I was sad when it ended.

Something that really struck me, that I didn't really expect, was that you ...

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March 31, 2017
Kathy Loomis at Quilting By the Lake - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Quilting By the Lake 2011
 I love Quilting by the Lake.  I mean, I really LOVE it!!  Being at the annual quilt conference each year is really my idea of a perfect vacation.  Now I realize that most people's idea of vacation does not consist of schlepping all their stuff onto a college campus, spending 6 nights sleeping in a strange bed, sewing 12 hours a day and taking the risk of creating in front of perfect strangers.  BUT, mine IS!

After 15 yrs at the conference held in Syracuse, NY, I have a routine.  I always arrive early ...

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March 24, 2017
The Value of Black & White - Part II - Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Black and White #2, Kay Sorensen
Figure/Ground Study #3, Sandra Palmer Ciolino


So with my latest lesson on value, I've fallen in love with the monochromatic palette of White through Black.  I admit, I never thought I would.  I mean with all the gorgeous colors in the world why stick to only Black and White?  Not to mention, SHOW OF HANDS, who here became a quilter because it was just an extension of coloring left over from childhood?

That all said, I had a thoroughly fun time doing my latest Project, Cropped.  Katie asked us to crop a ...

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March 17, 2017
The Value of Black and White - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Final Crop
I want to say a big thank you for all the comments and suggestions last week on which sign to pick.  Smart move of the month?  Ask women smarter than yourself for their opinion.

 So I especially want to give thanks to Glen, who said  " I would crop a bit further even." She was right of course - they needed to be cropped MORE.

Margaret, who said, " I think they must be very challenging to crop, because our brains don't want us to leave out any of the lettering...so we focus on keeping that in the picture ...

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March 10, 2017
Spot the Crop A Lot - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Lesson 4's Hard & Soft's Edges Piece - this one is gong on MY wall!!




(Please excuse the post's title - its my homage to Dr. Suess who celebrated a birthday this week!)

Sooooooooooo .. . .  .  . we're onto Lesson 5 where Katie P-M's  wants us to study cropping a photo to find the interesting spots.  If you've been reading, I love to edit me a photo!  I mean, am I the only one that thinks all these little photo editing app's are a gift from God?  You can take your favorite inspiration photo - crop it - manipulate it ...

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March 3, 2017
Hard and Soft Edges - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Quilt I made in Joan Colvin's Class in 2002



I won't lie.  When I opened up my latest lesson in Katie P-M's online class and saw that we were going to explore Hard and Soft Edges, I literally G-R-O-A-N-ed. I mean, hard and soft edges again???  I explored them for the first time when I was taking Elizabeth Barton's masterclass and I didn't really understand them then.  I blundered my way through the lesson and although I wouldn't say it was a failure, I wouldn't say it was a win either.  Not to ...

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February 24, 2017
The Positives about Negative Space - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The Curves II
I love negative space!  Well, that's in the art sense, I mean.  Anybody who has been paying attention to my developing artist voice could tell you that I pretty much spend as much time and energy on the
Notice the Arrow??
negative space of a design as the positive.

So what is NEGATIVE SPACE?  Its all the space that isn't included in the subject of a piece.  So basically - think - background.  The thing that I love about negative space is that it can be as interesting as the actual foreground (think subject of the piece ...

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February 17, 2017
Guest Artist - Paula Jolly - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Now, as you know, I'm in the middle of taking Katie Pasquini-Masopust's online class.  Taking a class online is a bit different then in real life because for the most part you don't have a lot of interaction with your fellow classmates.  Life is busy for everyone and just getting the lessons done can be a challenge.

Still, after seeing her work, I reached out to a classmate, Paula Jolly.  Paula's first assignment looked so lovely - abstract and painterly  - it left me scratching my head thinking ... "How did she do that?"  Little did I know, until ...

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February 10, 2017
Lesson 2 - Composition - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

So, I made it through my second lesson of Katie Pasquini Masopust's class - barely!!  When I first read that it was going to center on composition, I was all happy.  I mean, wasn't it I who had tried and true rules concerning composition?   So hard could it be?? 

I picked Cruciform structure.  And yes, that is exactly what it sounds like . . . . you organize your objects to make a cross.  So I did that using lines because that's easy enough.  The problem came in when I added my accent shape.  I decided to use circles because don't ...

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February 3, 2017
6 Things You Didn't Know About Hundertwasser - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre




For me there is always an emotion connected to art -  it angers me, surprises me, saddens me.  It evokes feelings of digust or pure joy.  And Joy is exactly what I feel when I look at the work of
Austrian born, Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000).  His work always entertains me, enchants me, enlivens me.  It always draws me in to look more closely.  So, I wanted to share my fascination with you!!






6 Things You Didn't Know about Friedensreich Hundertwasser

1.  He was born Friedrich Stowasser, but changed it to Hundertwasser when he was 21.  His name translates directly into ...

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January 27, 2017
The Color Wheel Wrap Up - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



So as you know, my mother gave me a 8 lesson online class with Katie Pasquini Masopust for Christmas.  Every two weeks we are expected to come up a piece that reflects the lesson.


Lesson 1 - Make a design referencing the Color Wheel.

No, problem right?  I mean every elementary student learns the color wheel and how the colors relate 36 colors that go smoothly around that wheel playing nicely with each other.
to each other.  But now try to pull out 12 main colors in 3 different values and you'd need a third grader to tell you that ...

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January 20, 2017
Background Browns - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


Me:  If I don't get going on this lesson, I'm going to miss the deadline.

Husband:  So go sew.

Me:  I can't.  I don't understand brown.

Husband:  What's there to understand?  Brown is brown.

Me:  No, she says that browns leans toward different colors and that's what I don't understand.

Husband:  Why are you trying to talk about color.  Color is a visual decision.  Don't you always say- (mimicking) "Make Visual Decisions Visually"  ???  You know color.
Go sew.

Smart man - I knew there was a reason I married him!!

So I put ...

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January 13, 2017
In Search of Brown - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

My Arches piece that uses Brown as a nuetral


So, it all started when my mother was generous enough to give me for Christmas  an online 8 lesson class in Color, Composition, and Design with Katie Pasquini Masopust.  I like the idea of the class because it would jumpstart me back into the studio and being held accountable for your work is never a bad idea now and again.  Since after 25 yrs I've learned a thing or two about Color, Composition and Design . . .  I thought .. . . How hard can be it be?  Well, as always, there is always more ...

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January 6, 2017
Art of the Day - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The Path, Wihelm Morgner, 1913 (May 3, 2016 Calendar page)

A New Year - A New Calendar!!  For the last 3 years,  my favorite calendar,  Art Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar has sat on my desk. One of the small blessings of each day is to change the page each morning and see what amazing piece of art the editors had in store for me!  Sometimes it familiar, sometimes its new to me, sometimes the beauty catches my breath - and sometimes - not often - it makes me thing - O - M - G - what were they thinking!  It always is interesting and never mundane!!


Portrait of ...

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December 23, 2016
Merry Christmas! Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays - Blessings to All of You and Yours.

So What Have Been Up to Creatively?

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December 16, 2016
Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

My last week of Christmas rush, I am officially all talked out so I'll just host!  I will be posting over the holidays and the linkup will be here for anybody who wants to join me!!  




So while I've been working away -

What Have Been Up to Creatively??

 

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December 10, 2016
10 Gifts for Quilters 2016 - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

In 2014, I originally blogged this list andddddddd I thought quilters and artists deserved an update. Some practical, some whimsical, and some just darn cute!   Without further ado


 1.  Kallax Shelves from IKEA - Who doesn't like cubbie holes.  You can put little bins on them, holding fabric, paint, dye, notions, etc  - all on display.

2. Bobbin Buddies  - Now I  like my amazing bobbin cases (and mostly just use neutrals in the bobbin anyways)but some people like to have exact matching thread.  These handy, dandy idea are perfect for that  - especially if you are in the middle of  a ...

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December 2, 2016
Arrowmont Survives Barely - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

If you have been listening at all to the national news , you would have heard that that the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee were threatened this week with wildfire.  Included in that fire, was Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, with its over 100 year old tradition in education .  Arrowmont hosts an extensive summer/fall workshop program with offering over 130 classes in assorted media.  They also blessed me with a scholarship in 2013

Fire Damage at Arrowmont
Luckily, between the work of fire fighters  and the rain, most of the Arrowmont campus was saved.  Although the school sits right ...

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