Art Every Day, Saturday, March 9, 2013
Today is my last day teaching in Baton Rouge. It's been great fun and I've got to work with some wonderful people. Which is much more positive than my feelings about this piece! I made this last Saturday before leaving on this trip.
I began with a hand stamped piece of fabric, placed it on a background of black which was then placed on red, dye painted batting. All of those choices were fine, but then I decided to add thick lines of satin stitch quilting and that is where it lost itself. The stitching in the flower makes it look messy rather than highlighting it and the waviness of some of the other lines add a feeling of chaos (the black and white polka dotty background isn't helping any either). I think that had I used a straight stitch in the flower then added the satin stitch in the other sections but kept them moving in gentle arcs rather than wiggling them about that the whole thing would have had a nice result. As it is, chaos ensues and though I like a good ride, I don't appreciate it in my art work.
Ah, realization and growth....