Els Mommers – Artist style #1


My chosen artist is: Joan Miro (1893-1983). His surrealistic style fascinated me and I like his use of  mostly primary colors. He is famous for the use of symbols which comes from his interest in the unconscious and subconscious mind. His symbols resemble simplified children’s drawings.

I drew the lines for  the middle part of my design with closed eyes and filled in the shapes with colors. Then the design was transferred to a white background and the shapes appliqued. I used mostly primary colors, but just as Miro often did I added a little bit of green. All the shapes are surrounded by a wide stitched black cordon line as are the added symbols.

Miro loved  spirals, eyes and especially stars – his bedroom ceiling was fully painted with stars-, so I quilted the surrounding white background with these symbols.

The whole process can be seen on my blog: http://kunamola.blogspot.com


Detail views:

quilting detail eye


quilting detail stars

  1. Fantastic choice of artist and a wonderful representation of his work. The colours and quilting work perfectly, great work, well done.

  2. Chantal Guillermet

    Your choice of artist will allow you to play with colours, colour that is already very present in your work. I really like the idea of drawing with your eyes closed, courageous !!!

  3. Beautiful interpretation, what an ingenious idea to close you eyes and draw. Beautiful quilting and detail. bravo

  4. Congratulations on your blind draw. I think is really difficult to manage the space. Excellent result and homage to this important Artist. The symbolic quilting highlights more your quilt. Bravo.

  5. Great choice of artist and immediately recognizable from your quilt. What an idea to draw with eyes closed! Great colours, you have completely captured the style of this important artist. Bravo!

  6. I too love the idea of drawing your design with your eyes closed – it worked well!! The shapes and colours are clean and I love the extra details you have added in the quilting.

  7. I could never guess it was your creation, Els! Your really managed to reincarnate into Joan Miro’s style. I always love the precision in your work, congratulations and thank you for educating me about one more wonderful artist.

  8. I love your way of creating the challenge and really love choosing your artist. The white background does a good job

  9. I also thought of Miro for my artist, but I think that you have made a much better piece than I would have done. I love the design and the colours you have used – just exactly as Miro might have produced, and the quilting is perfect. Beautiful

  10. I have be fascinated by Miro’s work for a few years now and love how you have interpreted it. The fact that you started off by drawing blindly is such fun! I’m sure yours will be a very interesting series.

  11. I love the design and the colorscheme. In real it’s even more beautiful, I know!!

  12. You never cease to amaze me with your out of the box ideas and techniques. Amazing interpretation in the style of Miró. Love it!

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