I had a few hours in the studio yesterday (first time all week it was nice to be back) before Jon’s talk at Gallery 99. (Which was truly inspiring) I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I went in, but during a short meditation, Rita came to me. I had 2 ideas, BYE (inspired by the ending of the movie “The Princess and the Warrior” ) and “Then, take the freeway” (inspired by my GPS) I tried putting them on one quilt, but you can’t really take the freeway until you say goodbye.
When visiting the Frick Collection last month, I noticed the 14th century Italian religion paintings were a good way of telling a story in two dimensions and pictures. Because the idea of perspective wasn’t around yet, the painting are very flat . Perfect for a quilt. They often had smaller scenes out of proportion to the main scene beneath it or around it. When I couldn’t find what I was looking for on line or in my books I went to my calendar and found similar religious paintings from different faiths, countries and time periods.
The religious motif works because BYE is a big story for me and there’s something spiritual in the process of moving on.