Monday, August 26, 2013

Red Fox, Blue Fox


For the 9th challenge, I remembered how much fun it was (still is) to open a new box of crayons, knowing I could use those 64 colors to bring drawings to life, going inside or outside the lines.  I love the smell of Crayola crayons and the names they give the colors, like Melon, Chestnut and Periwinkle.  I don't know what Sienna is, but apparently it can either be Raw or Burnt.  No one knows how to cook sienna properly, it seems.

The real Northern Red Fox's color varies from a light tangerine orange to a dull reddish brown. How about a Cornflower Blue one?  Sure, why not?  And why stick with the regular green grass when we could go with Magenta and Fire Engine Red instead?


This was a terrific way to wrap up the first cycle of Viewpoints9. Not only did I get to play with fun colors, but I came back to one of my favorite genres – portraits. The structure of his face is different than my usual human subject, but he has a personality. I think I see a slight grin – or a smirk? – under those whiskers.

Thank you, to the 9 artists who joined this group and shared your thoughts and your artwork! I've learned so much from you, and look forward to continuing the journey in "cycle 2". 

Tech Specs: hand dyed cotton fabric, cut and layered using raw edge applique, free-motion machine quilting, rayon and poly thread


  1. Just gorgeous Kate. His eyes are so well done. In Australia someone with red hair is called 'bluey'.

  2. Fantastic Kate! He has a "naughty" grin!

  3. That look in his eye...ready to pounce! Wonderfully foxy portrait, Kate. :-)

  4. Just love this foxy fellow, Kate. Great response to the challenge!

  5. Kate, I'm so glad you did this piece. I confess, I went back and looked at your photo of the little fox in your yard 4 or 5 times in the last month. And you captured his wonderful expression perfectly. Wonderful!

  6. I LOVE to see the results of your playing with your crayons! Always colorful and expressive.

  7. Kate, you're like a magician!
    The use of red and blue is so perfect and this piece is stunning!
    I love the facial expression of the fox!