Five Questions for Quilt Artist David Taylor

We’re looking forward to having quilt artist David Taylor back with us to round out our 2018 season! Get to know a bit more about David and his practice through our short interview with him below.

Q: Where do you draw inspiration from?
DT: My works have been the result of an emotional connection to images. When I try to force a subject matter, the results are never as fulfilling. I want the viewer to be able to see the story.

Q: What are you most proud of in regards to your art?
DT: When I have reviewed past images of my quilts, I’m often amazed at how much I’ve accomplished. Sometimes I can’t even remember the process of making them. Perhaps it’s because I truly enjoy the ‘creating.’ The more difficult the project, the more satisfaction I feel in solving issues. If the process was ‘too easy’ there would be nothing to gain.

Q: What are your biggest challenges to creating art and how do you deal with them?
DT: By far, the biggest challenge I’ve had to face is the gas explosion and fire that destroyed my studio in 2016. It’s been more than two years, and I’ve heard from other victims of home fires that this is typical. Every day gets a little easier, yet every day is a little harder – facing what has been lost. My brain tells me to move forward, but my heart is caught in the past.

Q: What advice has influenced you?
DT: I was given a nugget of insight by a consultant in my first full-time management position. I was working in a print house. The shop was very busy, and it seemed there was never enough hours in the day. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to get all the day-to-day tasks completed. He advised, “Never try anything. Do it.”

Q: Is there something you are currently working on, or excited about starting that you can tell us about?
DT: There are so many ideas and plans in my head, it seems there won’t be enough years remaining to bring them all to life. The hard part is bringing what I see in my mind into the physical world.

Learn more about David’s workshop with us here.

David Taylor Makes Watercolors Sing!

Excellent class & teacher. Mr. Taylor is persistent in getting students to practice techniques and progress. Excellent painting venues!” – David L.

The wonderful watercolorist from Down Under, David Taylor, was here for another informative and inspiring workshop. The group painted around the inn, at various riverfront parks, and at Olana, the historic home of Frederick Church. IMG 1072
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David and his wife, Di, enjoying lunch on the grounds of Olana. IMG 3636
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David Taylor – Photo to Quilt with Hand Applique

We just had a fun and engaging week with David Taylor, the fiber artist form Steamboat Springs, Colorado (not David Taylor the fabulous watercolorist from Australia who will be teaching here next year! Although they both like and buy my Crazy Ties.)

I have long admired David’s award-winning work, having seen it all over the internet and also some of the major shows, so it was a pleasure to finally meet him and have him here to teach a workshop.

Everyone brought a great photo to work from, each different than the others. David had everyone start with the eyes. It was sort of erie to walk through the studio that first day and see all those eyes peering at you.

Joyce L was working on a cute portrait of fox. I love her fabric palette spread out around her.

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Corinne had a wonderful picture of a blue-footed booby bird!

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Sandy’s focus was flora rather than fauna, with this bright yellow flower.

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Helene had a picture of one of her dogs.

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And Korinna was working on a cat. Korinna was our longest distance winner in this class, having come from Germany!

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These next couple of pictures show the progress after a couple of days.

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Every day David provided demos and discussions about the various steps of his process.

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The remaining pictures were taken on the final day. You can see that some people made more progress than others, but the reason is different than you might think. David told me, rolling his eyes, that everyone was having so much fun chatting, laughing and telling stories that they weren’t spending enough time focused on their work! The class even went on a field trip to a local quilt fabric shop, Log Cabin Fabrics, during class time one afternoon.

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David brought several of his art quilts with him, of course, and everyone oohed and aahed and had him hold them up for pictures.

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Here is the paparazzi!

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This is the quilting on the back of David’s bird quilt. Simplily amazing.

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One of the demos on the last day was how David puts on the binding on his finished pieces. He thinks of the binding as framing his finished work.

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It was a good week all around with good food and good weather to round out the experience. We hope to have David back again in the future!

David Taylor – Breaking New Ground in Watercolor

David Taylor, who recently won three major awards in watercolor and judged in China, just finished teaching a workshop with us.

It was a thumbs up week with a great group of painters and fabulous weather.

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The group went to Olana and down by the Hudson River on a couple of days, as well as painted around our grounds.

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A picnic lunch was delivered to where ever the group was painting.

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There were lots of lively conversations around the dinner table.

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On the last night David asked folks to dress up for change and he bought a Crazy By Design quilted tie for the occasion and Jim C. followed suit! David likes the ties I make featuring guitars and has purchased several over the years. Thanks, David – they look great on you!

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Watercolor to Pastel

David Taylor’s class finished off the week with one and half days at Coeyman’s Landing. The first day it started raining soon after they got there that they were only able to get photo references, but it was such a subject rich location that everyone decided that it was worth going back the next day, which cooperated by being a beautifully sunny Fall day.

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Back at the inn for the final dinner on Friday night, David showed off his style by wearing his new Crazy Tie (a hand-made quilted tie featuring guitars) and fabulously colorful socks!

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This week Margaret Evans of Scotland is here teaching a 5-day pastel workshop.

After lunch, Margaret presented a demo outside with the Carriage House as the subject.

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We’re crossing our fingers for more good weather for more outdoor painting!

Watercolor Landscapes with One of Australia’s Finest!

David Taylor has won several Gold Medals, including the $20,000 Haroldson Camberwell Rotary, one of the biggest and prestigious competitions in Australia!

We are always pleased to have David teaching workshop for us at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops. Monday started out a bit drizzly, but it wasn’t long until the sun came out and the temps climbed to the 80s.

After lunch the group walked over the Veteran’s Park pond to spend the afternoon painting. The water of the pond was as smooth as glass, creating a stunning reflection of the blue sky and fluffy white clouds.

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Some students watched as David did another demo and others just jumped in to painting.

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A couple people turned their backs on the scenic pond, preferring instead to paint Tommy’s Hot Dog trailer.

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