Art Every Day, Thursday, February 15, 2013
I'm always amazed at how easily a day can get away from me. I finished this piece at 7:30 this morning and here it is almost 2:00 in the afternoon and I'm finally getting it up.
With this piece, I wanted to continue on with a similar color way as yesterday's piece. Only here, I'm using a much more modern sensibility. The colors are all sitting on a dark gray base of dye painted batting. I repeated that dark gray with the three, short horizontal lines. I used curvy quilting in both the red; wavy lines and the yellow; circles and kept the quilting in both the blue and green very architectural with straight lines moving into squares and rectangles.
One of my students was talking to me this morning about color use proportion; how much of one color to use with how much of another. There are lots of classic formulas, but mostly dealing with direct complements. Here, I used a proportionately larger amount of the cooler blue along with green and a smaller amount of warmer yellow along with red. Note how well the blue recedes and the yellow comes forward. Also note how the red is trying to sit on the same plane as the green, but because it is physically on top of it, it's not succeeding as well as expected.
I love that every day I get to wake up and be an artist!