Sunday, 30 August 2015

Display Challenges

A few years ago I took a workshop on "Painting on fabric with Dyes". The instructor was a local artist, Eileen Gidman. ( - 
As with all workshops, I had a great time, learned some things and managed to create a number of reasonably decent pieces.
Garden Favorite
My problem was - What do I do with them now? I am not a quilter like Eileen and most of the pieces where the wrong size or shape to make a pillow, so the pieces just sat around.

Recently I decided that I had to do something with these fabric paintings!
 For Garden Favorite I added a border and painted Morning Glories using acrylic paint and fabric medium. Then, I made a pillow using a piece of green fabric for the back.
The colors aren't an exact match but it looks pretty good I think.
Flower Basket
I attached the two larger dye paintings to stretched canvases so they could be hung - gallery wrapped so no frame is needed.
Poplars in Fall
I think this will increase the chances of these pieces being sold because they will actually be seen now that they are hanging on the wall and displayed on the bed.

I had a challenge with how to hang another painting recently. It was a 4 x 6 acrylic on canvas board. Of course, I didn't have a fame that it would fit and it sat on a shelf for a few months before I figured out what to do with it.
Blue Flame
Although the background looks a little purple in the photo it actually matches the painting very well and the red frame really finishes the whole thing.

Although I have a very busy month ahead of me I decided to enter Leslie Saeta's upcoming 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge for the month of September. Check it out here - 

I hope you will follow along with my progress during the month as I work to improve my skills with pen & ink.


  1. That pillow is gorgeous Val!! Love what you did with all your paintings!

    1. Thanks Leone, sometimes it take a while to figure things out - lol

  2. Very creative ideas, Val! I love seeing these works of art hanging or functional! Glad you're doing the 30 in 30. Me too. We'll all support each other!

    1. Thanks Laurie! I appreciate the words "works of art" and "functional". In the Art Club I belong to a number of the people consider things like the pillow to be craft and not suitable for display in an "Art" show. Thanks for commenting.

  3. These are great Val, awesome pillow idea! I love Poplars and Blue too. Best of luck in the challenge, so glad you will be taking part :)

    1. Thanks for your comments Sheila. I am trying to plan out some of my pieces for the challenge now, so that when I am busy that day's piece will be easier to do. Are you doing the Challenge too?