Diane Lochala

9 Feb 2010
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"Bobcat at Heart"

My inner animal is the bobcat. The small quilt for this challenge is a whimsical rendition of a bobcat in a tree based on a true childhood experience. The design is made from a picture of a bobcat which I morphed with a picture of my face, although the bobcat features strongly came through as I worked on the main image with thread painting and free-motion quilting.  I added the raw edge appliqué tree branch and leaves. I love the look of the bobcat in the wild.  I have seen how swiftly they run with a fast free stride. They are not easily intimidated and do not always run away when confronted. These small and wild cats are beautiful with a mix of fur colors and shades, from beige to brown with spotted or lined markings in dark brown or black. The tufted fur at the tips of their ears and sides of the faces are very distinctive. Bobcats belong to the Lynx family of felines.


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teraml wrote
on 12 Feb 2010 8:57 AM

Truly beautiful and such amusement in the eyes.

dianedoodles wrote
on 12 Feb 2010 8:57 AM

I lived in the country when I was a little girl. During a family picnic at the local creek,  one afternoon I saw some cute 'kitties' in a tree at the edge of the woods. I begged my dad to rescue the kitties. Dad told me the small cats were not for pets, they were wild and waiting for their mother.  I cried and begged him to get one for me to hold just for a few minutes.  Against his better judgment, Dad climbed the tree and managed to get one of the kitties under his arm and started down the tree.  We all heard a loud animal scream and rustling in the adjoining tree...it was the mother bobcat!  Dad put the 'kitty' back on the limb and scrambled out of the tree. Poor Dad...so many scratches...from the kitty and the tree! We all moved away from the trees and back to the creek area and hastily headed for home.  I was amazed rather than afraid and thereafter always looked for a bobcat when I would be walking in the wooded areas around our home.   Enjoy, dcl

AllisonD5 wrote
on 12 Feb 2010 9:34 AM

There is a very kind face shining through. The eyes are full of mischief and the threadwork is fabulous.

Kathy Lehman wrote
on 12 Feb 2010 10:45 AM

I love the thread play of his facial features, if his eye were blue, he would look like Teddie or as we call him Hemroid.  He is so cute you just have to love him.  I think that the leaves are very real looking with the different colors and textures.  I just love cats or should I say felines, any type.  They are so enjoyful.  Teddie just jumped here to help me type on the computer, he knows to lay down right away or I will have to boot him off cause he blocks the screen. Your color choice of the back ground really set off the face of the cat.......had I done this challenge, I probably would have picked a cat as my inner animal too.  Very good job,  I love it.  Congrats wee lassie!

 

Kathy Lehman wrote
on 12 Feb 2010 10:45 AM

I love the thread play of his facial features, if his eye were blue, he would look like Teddie or as we call him Hemroid.  He is so cute you just have to love him.  I think that the leaves are very real looking with the different colors and textures.  I just love cats or should I say felines, any type.  They are so enjoyful.  Teddie just jumped here to help me type on the computer, he knows to lay down right away or I will have to boot him off cause he blocks the screen. Your color choice of the back ground really set off the face of the cat.......had I done this challenge, I probably would have picked a cat as my inner animal too.  Very good job,  I love it.  Congrats wee lassie!

 

gouldylocks wrote
on 12 Feb 2010 12:40 PM

All I can say is "WOW".  The minute I saw those eyes I was drawn into the soul of not only the bobcat but it's creator.  Everything about this quilt is beautiful.

chickie0011 wrote
on 13 Feb 2010 9:13 AM
chickie0011 wrote
on 13 Feb 2010 9:21 AM

I love the affect the thread painting creates on this cute little face. It's looks like real hair. I love the mischevious smile and the glow of those green eyes. The leaves have so much depth and appear so real and create demension.  A beautiful work of imagination. I absolutely LOVE it!

Chickie0011

waycarbaker wrote
on 13 Feb 2010 2:34 PM

Diane, What a delighful little bobcat.  The work is wonderful and the story . . . so delightful. 

Cay Denise wrote
on 13 Feb 2010 8:17 PM

Wonderful and exotic piece!  The bobcat's face has a sense of inquisitiveness to me.  It also has an element of Cheshire Cat-ness.      

on 14 Feb 2010 1:43 PM

The eyes are stunning!  The leaves so real looking.  The overall effect is outstanding.  Great job.  Judy S

marysews2 wrote
on 15 Feb 2010 3:23 PM

How creative I loved all the colors with the gray and black.  Very striking and loved the thread painting.  Congratualtions on a beautiful piece of Art!!!!!

M Mulrooney

gali wrote
on 23 Feb 2010 11:33 AM

Sehr schön, die Augen , die Farben , einfach alles !!!!