Monday, February 1, 2010

Sanctuary - Imagine

California missions proved to be sanctuary for many in the early years. This piece is from a photo of the entrance to a Southern California mission. It was my inspiration as I imagined what lays behind the door for those who seek sanctuary today.
To make this piece, I painted a silkscreen with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons and screened the image onto muslin with textile medium. When dry and heatset, I mounted it onto hand-dyed cotton , added texture with Neon threads, used Shiva oil sticks to stencil "Imagine" and added painted cheesecloth and stamped and painted fabrics as embellishments. It is bound with satin stitching. I was so enamored with this photograph that I also painted it in oils. I posted a photo of that on my blog.

Cathy Ortelle


  1. Great colors Cathy... leading to your 'special place'...

  2. Thanks for great color comments. I try to develop color in my work, so the next challenge shall be interesting!

  3. Beautiful colors, I agree -- and the way you have lit the archway is very inviting, draws you right in.

  4. Your piece posted beautifully. It is full of light and very welcoming. Great. Helen