Thursday, January 28, 2010

Our Love Story: jdemilo




Here is Our Love Story.  I know, I know.  My children tell me that we give them diabetes but we are old enough to know how special it is to find someone to love. 

The wallhanging is 12 1/2 inches by 15 1/2 inches.  The green is a lovely cotton batik I had in my stash.  I wrote our love story--the back story for the picture--on the fabric with a micron marker and a gold marker.  It was written without regards to the boundary of the border.  The faces were painted with oil paintsticks--the story is still visible through the oil. 





The heart is 3 dimensional embroidered satin.  I wanted it to be the star of the picture.  The minimal quilting is done by hand with embroidery floss.  The binding is casually pleated black organdy ribbon.  I wanted it to feel like when you are pulling back the tissue paper to find the surprise in an exciting, well-wrapped present.

13 comments:

  1. Judith, the very first impression that comes to me is that you are both very much in love. The tenderness of you with your head on your husband's shoulder is very poignant. The feelings are so strongly shown in each person's face that you really don't need the words in the background; although they are nice to have to reinforce your concept. Very sweet!

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  2. Oh, my that is darling. I know that's a lame word, but that's the feeling this piece evokes in me. The words in the background are tender and loving, and I dig how they show through the figures, just a little bit, like they are part of your ether, in and around you, binding you together. The satiny heart is just the right touch. Lovely. And yes, darling. Nicely done! And how fortunate you both are to have each other. Mazeltov!

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  3. Wow! A portrait of LOVE! The drawings of you and your husband are expressive. I'm impressed! Very clever how you integrated the words with the pictures. Thank you for sharing your joy through this very personal piece.

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  4. What a beautiful expression of the love you share with your husband. I love the way you've used the paint sticks so that they are transparent in places, opaque in others, and well blended in still other places. Very versatile usage of them. And the trapunto-like satiny heart is charming and at home in the piece!

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  5. What a wonderful look into your life! I like very much that you wrote on the background like that. It is as if you couldn't wait to get your thoughts down and just wrote and wrote. I think the piece will make you smile everytime you look at it.

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  6. There are so many clever and unusual touches in this: the pleated border, the words written in the background and painted over, the heart. It's a very special piece.

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  7. I can't really find adequate words to tell you how much I love this piece. It made my eyes tear up just imagining how loving your relationship is. That's rare and lovely and so is this. My 26th anniversary is next week and how I wish I'd thought of doing this. Beautiful.

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  8. This is such a tender and special portrait of your love. Beautiful!

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  9. I'm in awe of what you did with the Shiva paintstiks. This really is a wonderful portrait of two people in love!

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  10. Wonderful use of the oil sticks, the portrait is very nicely done. I love the embroidered heart - perfectly placed and I think it's great the way it pushes out of the canvas beating strong! Sweet.

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  11. What a lovely expression of your love! Thanks for sharing it as it made my day!

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  12. I echo all the thoughts above. Very touching and conveys to the viewer exactly how in love you are.
    Congratulations to you and your lucky husband to have you create this piece to express your feelings for him!

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  13. Absolutely lovely. A tender portrait.

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