Tuesday, March 2, 2010

prairie dawn

There has been an interesting discussion on the Studio Art Quilt Association forum about whether realistic or abstract pieces sell better. I am not sure there is a standard answer to this one although usually I find that my simple color studies do better than my more realistic pieces. For instance my quilt red barn, blue silos is loved and admired--although I still own it. Maybe there is too much detail or I just need to find someone who knows what a Harvester silo is.

On the other hand, prairie dawn just got a new home because of its title. In this quilt I was trying to capture how large the sky was on the farm I grew up on. Interestingly, its new owner bought the quilt precisely because of the title--she grew up in North Dakota. Now I want to make a whole series of quilts capturing the hugeness of the sky and the feeling of freedom it implies. Tomorrow I will get more blue fabric--wonderful navy, rich purples, and all the teal I can find.
 Luckily I will be having a show at the Blue Stone Gallery in Milford, PA with Karen Henderson this May entitled "A Sense of Place" so I can continue exploring this concept.  Check it out at http://www.bluestonegallerymilford.com. I will write more later.


  1. I definitely like your abstract quilts. I also think the title of a quilt is an important sales point... haha... I probably should find better names for mine.

  2. Nice, thoughtful blog, Ann. And I love your wide-open-spaces pieces, probably due to my Midwestern childhood.

    I've always felt a little claustrophobic in the hills among the trees, so when I see your vast skies I relax and breathe deeply,

    I especially liked your works with the portals in the sky--appealed to the possibilities I dreamed of as a child.

  3. Ann, the blog looks good. You're already ahead of me on the technology part! The piece with the barn just needs someone who grew up on, or near farms to fall in love with it.

  4. Looks great! I especially like the contrast of the orange area in prairie dawn. Abstract Representational?

  5. Hi Ann. I've been a fan of your work for some time. I'm so glad you have a blog now! I'll list it on my own blog, and visit often.