Art Every Day, January 14, 2013,
Here is today's new piece and boy did I learn a lot. This process is affording me so much growth with just a little bit of work... who knew!
On this piece, I started with black batting and layered it with a collage of various values of hand dyed gray fabrics. That layer was then topped with a scattering of warm colored strips. It wasn't very interesting, but I had hopes. I began the quilting by stitching down the strips with matching thread color. Next, I loaded two threads in my machine; a pure white one and a slight cream colored one, and stitched the large swirls. It then started to feel overwhelming. But, tight stitching in the background with a medium valued gray fixed it right up. I put no stitching inside the open ended swirls which allowed them to rise to the surface with the warm "sticks" behind them and the grays in the far background.
I really love the movement and depth in this piece. I love it even more when I'm able to prove my idea.
P.S. I'm ready this fabulous little, ditty of a book by artist/poet, Austin Kleon. It's called "Steal Like An Artist". It takes about two hours to read and is filled with all kinds of inspiration and tricks to keep you on the artistic track. Check it out!