THE PORTFOLIO OF PAULA B. ENTIN
ORIGINAL ART QUILTS

Fish are like houses

House in Bonaire, NL.

House in Bonaire, NL.

Caribbean vacations are, for me, an endless celebration of colors. Both the houses scattering the islands, and the fish schooling below the water, represent a million possibilities for designs.

But this year my mind went in a new direction. A very “solid” direction, if you will.

Modern quilts are primarily composed of solid color fabrics, with a lot of white areas, and quite a bit of close machine quilting. Some add in striking printed fabrics, but sparingly. This makes the representation of fish and houses – in an abstract way – much easier to design, because it avoids the complicated struggle with the many colors in a printed fabric.

I spent all one morning doing endless sketches and coloring them in, trying to grasp the images in a very abstract way, focusing on the different groups of fish we were seeing as we snorkeled. There are so many colors and combinations, that I could just do these as an endless series and never get bored!

Meanwhile, I’m headed north on Tuesday to see my mom, who is also a quilter. We’ll spend a week on her unfinished projects, so I can’t start on my fish until later this month.

www.infobonaire.com will acquaint you with this lovely desert island in the Dutch Caribbean. www.dive-friends-bonaire.com/ are the fabulous people my son spent the week with, underwater!

Travel tip: I have my pencils, sketchbook, camera, spare glasses, snorkel mask with prescription lenses, and a bathing suit, in my backpack. If the airline chooses to mislay my suitcase, I can still have fun while I wait for it to catch up with me.