Art Every Day, Saturday, March 23, 2013
Snow, snow, snow.... so much snow my design class was cancelled today. So I got to take my time on today's piece and happily made this little ditty.
It began with black batting layered with several pieces of yellow green which was in turn topped with a decorative piece of red violet with black stitching and some plain red violet. Because both of these colors are temperature neutral and tend to sit in the mid-ground, I experimented to see how/if I could create depth. So, I quilted the red violet with a liner design in a thread that was just slightly darker than the fabric color and extended the black circles out from the black stitching on the red violet fabric to both move the eye across the surface of the piece and to help that piece of red violet along the bottom move to the surface. My hope was that if I could make it come forward it would bring the rest of the red violet in front of the yellow green and I think I succeeded. The background is very, very heavily quilted with a minute micro-stipple. I think the depth experiment was successful.
The balance of the piece is a little questionable. Normally we humans like to start with a bang and end with a whimper. Meaning, we are more comfortable with heavy focal points on the upper left (mostly because we English speaking people read from the left to the right) rather than on the upper right.
I like the color combo. The sense of motion and rhythm and it was a blast to stitch.