Home Is Where the Art Is

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Home. It's a nebulous concept, one that's been on my mind a lot lately. These mini quilts are an expression of longing, rootlessness - perhaps "home" is a part of us that we always carry, though it may drift to the bottom with the kleenex and loose change.

The Home quilts went out to my top-tier Patreon patrons this month. Thank you all for being patrons, your support means so much to me.

Following is a more detailed look at the quilt construction process:


Notes on construction, quilting patterns.


Drawing a general outline onto the batting.


Sewing the pieces directly onto the batting, as part of a quilt-as-you-go technique.


The first one with all three layers (top, batting backing) assembled and quilted.


Quilting lines look so cool on the back.


Moving down the assembly line...


Finished blocks, photographed on a convenient hedge.


Quilting creates such wonderful textures.


More stitches. I'm not a fan of stitch-in-the-ditch, but I love getting right up toward those ditches.


Hand-finished binding, always perfectly imperfect.

Not a patron yet? You wanna get things like this in the mail, too? Sure you do. A pledge at the Awesome Afficionados level or higher gets you an original work of art every two to three months!


Annual Surprise & Creative Cahoots

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Greetings, all! I have a couple of announcements about my Patreon page.*

*If you're not familiar, Patreon is an awesome platform for supporting creativity by subscription. For as little as two dollars a month, you can fuel the ongoing projects of a real, live, working artist - that's me. Plus, you get real live art in return! Click here to learn more.

First: The Annual Surprise

If you've been thinking about joining, or increasing your pledge, now is a great time. Why? Because the Annual Surprises are going out soon! What's in this bundle of goodies? No spoilers! But I can tell you: there's something to hear, something to see, and something to use.

How do you get your paws on the Surprise? By becoming a Patron, at the $10 level or higher, by November 30, 2016. This year's Annual Surprise will go out in early December, so act now.

If you're already a Patron pledging $10 or more, you're golden. There's nothing for you to do but sit back and wait for your gift.

Second: Introducing Creative Cahoots!

Creative Cahoots is my newest patronage tier. For your $100 pledge, you will receive a personalized, original work of art every other month.

How it works: You pledge. Every 2 months, you and I will have a conversation (by phone, email, Skype, or even in person). I hunker down in my studio and make art based on what we've talked about. You get the art. The art is for you. The art is about you. Click here to learn more.

What questions do you have? You're always welcome to get in touch by emailing sarahatlee@gmail.com. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


All Roads Lead Home

Turn Left for Tamales. Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee. Learn more at www.sarahatlee.com. Part of the Glitch Still Life series created for exhibition at Cerulean Gallery, Amarillo, Texas.Turn Left for Tamales Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee. $1,080 For purchase inquiries, contact Cerulean Gallery at 214.564.1199.

This post also appears on my Patreon page.

I would like to thank the fine folks at Cerulean Gallery for hosting my paintings these last few weeks; I'm honored to be working with you. I would also like to thank my Patreon patrons for your ongoing support - you guys are the best!

Want to get art in the mail? Here's where you go for that.

Home. It's a nebulous concept. Is it the place you're from? Where you live now? Some intangible combination of everywhere you've been?

I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They don't call it the Land of Enchantment for nothing; it's a place that stays with you. And nothing tells you that you've come back quite like a plate of hot, home-cooked tamales.

Turn Left for Tamales is inspired by the food I ate last time I was at Ghost Ranch, another one of those places that really gets into you. Just like our memories, the image is fragmented, distorted, seems to bleed around the edges. Like the idea of home.

I'm living in a different place than I was when I started the Glitch series. I'm in Oklahoma now, the place where I was born, the place where I will always be able to go. I didn't know how much it would feel like home until I came back. I don't know what home is right now. I'm looking for it inside myself. But I know I'm on the right road. I can smell the tamales.

Turn Left for Tamales is available at Cerulean Gallery as part of the exhibition On Edge Part I, featuring work by Sarah Atlee, Fritz Danner, Nic Noblique, and Victoria Taylor-Gore, on display 16 September – 28 October 2016. Visit Cerulean Gallery to learn more.

Sarah Atlee Makes Pictures is now on Patreon!

Turn Left for Tamales. Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee. Learn more at www.sarahatlee.com. Part of the Glitch Still Life series created for exhibition at Cerulean Gallery, Amarillo, Texas. Turn Left for Tamales. Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches, 2016 by Sarah Atlee.

Hey everybody! I've opened up shop on Patreon, a crowdfunding platform where you can support all manner of creative work, including mine!

Do you love supporting the arts, but maybe don't have the budget to buy a lot of original works? Patreon is the solution for you, one I'm really excited about. I'm always working on something. You can support this ongoing creation by becoming my patron.

How does Patreon work? Read on for some FAQs.

If you're on my email list, you already know about the Launch Pack (and you got a special offer on the price).

Now I have 5 4 3 Launch Packs left for new patrons who pledge $15 or more.

Update: All the Launch Packs have launched! Big, sloppy thanks to all my new patrons.

Grab your Launch Pack!

The Launch Pack

Since I'm produce-ing (ha) a fresh series of food paintings for Cerulean Gallery, I've made you some food-inspired gifts.

If you pledge at the $15 level or higher, you get: - 3 unique hand-painted postcards - Sarah's Can We Have Spaghetti? Sauce recipe - a quilted mug mat made from Authentic Artist Paint Rags - Now You Got a Stew Goin' - Music for the kitchen - plus the regular Collectors Club rewards

This is a limited-time offer while supplies last. To receive your Launch Pack: 1. Go to Patreon.com/SarahAtlee* * I recommend desktop viewing rather than mobile. 2. Select the $15 pledge or more 3. Reap the rewards.

You may have questions. Here are some answers.

What is Patreon? Have you ever seen a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter or GoFundMe? Patreon works like these, but instead of giving a big chunk of money all at once, you pledge a monthly amount - a subscription. It's perfect for artists like me who are always creating. And of course, I send you cool stuff.

Here's a 1-minute video explaining how Patreon works.

Do I have to create an account on Patreon? You may if you wish. You can also login with your Facebook account.

What do I get for becoming a patron? Lots of good stuff. Mail art, prints, even original works. A few surprises. And you get behind-the-scenes looks that I don't share anywhere else. Pat yourself on the back!

Do patrons get a discount on your art? Selling my work at a discount would undercut the business of my fabulous galleries, Cerulean and Ro2. So no. The good news is that as a patron, you receive artistic gifts straight from me that you can't get anywhere else.

Does this mean I won't get your newsletter any more? If you're already on my email &/or snail-mail list, nothing changes. I'll continue sending out bi-monthly news about my projects and upcoming shows. By pledging on Patreon, you'll receive a separate email about once a week when I post something new there.

I don't think Patreon is for me. Are there other ways I can show my support? Of course! Oodles. You can join my email list. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter. See something you like? Share it with a friend! And you can come see my work in person - more details about this as 2016 rolls on.

Thanks for reading, and for showing your support!

Photo by Charlotte Bell.