Second SundAZe Family Day: Landscapes without paint
The art world is full of landscape paintings (and we love them!), but paint isn’t the only medium with which to represent natural scenes. Today we look at two different methods used to construct images of landscapes filled with texture and pattern.
Second SundAZe Family Day @TMA is presented by The Stonewall Foundation.
Outlaw: Jackrabbit by Annie Helmericks-Louder
Annie Helmericks-Louder, Outlaw: Jackrabbit, 2014, machine and hand appliqued/hand quilted textile. Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Gift of the Artist. 2018.40
Take a moment to look at this piece by Annie Helmericks-Louder. What do you notice about this artwork? Can you tell what it is made of? How is texture achieved over the entire surface?
This is a textile created using two fiber art techniques: applique and hand quilting. The artist created this work by stitching fabric pieces onto the surface of other fabric. This was done both by hand and with a sewing machine. The quilt top was then spread on top of backing fabric with a layer of batting (insulation material) in between, and the layers were stitched together by hand.
Do you see this piece differently when you know what it is made of? According to the artist, “My references are drawn from growing up in a family of story-tellers and a lifetime spent in the company of animals, plants, mountains, rivers and deserts.” Do you notice the jackrabbit? Can you tell a story about what is happening in this scene?
Come explore Anna Helmericks-Louder’s Outlaw: Jackrabbit in the museum’s Sandra and Robert Maxfield Gallery on the lower level.
Detail of Outlaw: Jackrabbit by Annie Helmericks-Louder.
CREATE: Paint Chip Collage
Collage is a great project to do at home, and it can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Open up hundreds of color possibilities in your collage by using paint color chips–you can pick up as many as you want (free!) from places like Home Depot, Lowes, ACE Hardware or a specialty paint store.
Watch the video below to learn how to construct a landscape image using paint color chips in colors of your choice.
- Paint color chips/sample cards from a hardware or paint store/li>
- Sheet of paper for backing