I've been taking shadow selfies for about 4 years now. I don't know why I like them, but I do. Perhaps it's because I don't care if I have make up on, what I'm wearing, or how many wrinkles are on my face. My shadow always looks good. Since I post so many of the shadow selfies, many of my Facebook friends do it now too! I think they are having as much fun as I am. I've taken them at rodeos, on hikes, on bike rides, and on many of my daily walks. I especially like the ones taken early in the morning, when my shadow is long and leggy.
Sometimes, when you're drawn to something, you really can't put your finger on the reason. Artists get their inspirations from many sources, and I'm no exception. Are we getting a message from the universe that we should pay attention to? What do these pictures say about me?
Since I like to turn pictures into art quilts, I decided that a series of my shadow selfies would be really fun. I decided to make them 12" x 12" and to try to make 10 to start with. All of them will have black shadows and black binding. But the rest will be whatever inspiration strikes me at the moment.
Shadow selfie #1 started when I picked one of the shadow selfies for this quilt. There was a really great batik that I had with ombre dying in it plus some strong horizontal lines. So with these 2 things as my inspiration, I sketched up a design that would be quick and that would convey my photo.
These were pieced, the shadow was appliqued to the background, and it was simply quilted with teal thread.