Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spilling over....

The theme for March over at the Sketchbook Challenge is "spilling over."  Unfortunately, it was all too prescient:  first revolutions spilling over in the Middle East, and now the triple threat of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Japan.  It's ironic that this latest event happened in Japan, because it is the only country to know another kind of nuclear disaster.  I lived in Japan when I was a child, and I remember visiting Nagasaki and being overwhelmed by the extent of that disaster.  I can only imagine how the Japanese are feeling today.  My heart and prayers go out to the Japanese people.

Here are some shots my Dad took when we visited Nagasaki in 1968 (PS, I'm the one in the polka dots):

Remains of water tank, NagasakiRemains of Catholic Church, Nagasaki
Nagasaki 1968

Yesterday, it all just spilled over for me -- here's my "quilt in a day:"
improv quilt after world events
This is about 2' square, improvisational topstitching, with a muslin-based image of the Holy Mother, painted in watercolor and water-based oil pastels over gesso.  The technique is one I saw on Quilting Arts TV, by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  It's simple and a lot of fun.


Its all in the head.... said...

I really love what you have done Kathleen. all those colours and movement. The earth colours mixed with the blue of the waves really captured the peaceful quality of the Madonna! Lovely!


polka dot said...

Kathleen: I'm typing this in haste - my husband's calling me from the other room - who are you?? This is surreal: I read your comment and it's like our lives and dream state overlapped.. and then I came here and it's this beautiful blog, and you're wearing of all things polka dots in the photo.. I'm going to have to come back. And i see your previous post is about prayers for the middle east. Whoever you are, thank you for finding my blog and taking the time to write that. To be continued.. oh another thing: the first book I illustrated was a book on quilts. Beautiful post.