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!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Art Every Day, Sunday, January 20, 2013

Good Morning,
Thank you to Christa, Chris, Rona, and every one else who is following and commenting.  This is becoming such a fun adventure! I'm so glad that you have been joining in on it with me.
Here is today's new piece.  For those of you who don't know this horrid little fact, a few years back I tried my hand at designing fabric for one of the big companies.  Well, due to a lot of crap along the way, it didn't pre-sell well and they never printed it. However, I still have all of my master prints and have decided to add some of them to these pieces.  So, here are some of them at play.
I loved this deep olive,yellow green background. Especially mixed with the lovely melony red accent.  The black and white prints were designed from hand carved stamps and are a nice bold design element here.  I wanted to explore the element of scale with both the size of the prints as well as the width of the strips. I wish I had placed the strip widths in a different order, with the widest near the middle of the quilt, the narrowest in the middle and the mid size one on the outside.  The way it is now makes it very heavy on the right hand side.  There is no way that the square on point (which I was trying to use as a focal point) can get as much attention as the bold zig-zaggy print in that widest strip. 
All in all the piece is filled with yummy design elements but is just as full of weaknesses in principles. We play, we learn, we live to play another day,
Till then,

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

I always love the way you pair linear elements with swirly/circular ones- I struggle with making it work.

My eye does keep landing on the widest bold strip on the outside, but the piece feels balanced between the square on point, the red horizontal strip, and the strips on the side.

I am having trouble picturing it with the side strips placed as you described. I can't see without sketching it what a difference it would make in the focal point. Maybe I should do that. lol

The swirly quilting in the background is great, mirroring the thinnest strip. And might I add my surprise that these fabrics weren't printed? They look great and are just what I look for to keep on hand!