Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Art Every Day, Friday, January 25, 2013

Good Morning,

Here is today's new piece, in two orientations.  The way I designed it on the bottom and the way I believe it should hang on the top.  Note how the squares on the upper half of the piece shown in the bottom photo  look as though they might make the piece topple over on you whereas all of the squares in the photo on the top look as though they are moving out toward you, flowing from the bottom.  
My reason for doing this piece, which is very similar to one that I made earlier but with circles, was to see how adversely effected the foreground of warm colored squares would be by the highly decorative triple clam shell design stitched in the cool negative space. I was very pleasantly surprised by the fact that the background stitching has not overwhelmed the foreground.  The color as well as the on top positioning of the squares is trumping the texture in the background.  Plus, the quilting is quite heavy and is contributing to the color of the background's desire to recede.  All in all, a very good study!
Off to the studio to dye!
Till tomorrow,
P.S. Thanks again to both Steph and Christa for your comments. I can't tell you enough how nice it is to get feedback on these design studies.  I'm so glad you're journeying with me.


Steph said...

LOVE the juxtaposition of the warm and cool colors (& love the colors too) and the use of the quilting to, again, create depth and layers.

Still practicing my own quilting & looking forward to the weekend to quilt for a length of time.

Thanks for your consistency and determination. It's inspiring!

Christa Irell said...

I, like Steph, am really loving the warm/cool combinations :)

The background quilting makes the background look like sky with swirls of air and clouds, and the squares really pop forward!

I don't often make pieces that even can have their orientation changed and so it isn't something I readily think about doing. It is truly amazing to see how much different and better a piece can look when it's turned!