Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Art Every Day, Wednesday, April 3, 2013,
I'm feeling better, not totally back, but better. Thanks to those of you who wrote back with get well wishes.
Here is today's new piece, it took just 40 minutes to do and it makes me very happy. I got to use one of my stamped designs, a deep joyous yellow and one of my most favorite to do quilting designs. I love it when things look the way I think they should.
Here we have this very linear flower with long, thin gently curving lines which I quilted in white in the white spaces. Then we have the short tight curve of the "flourishes" stitched in the yellow background in a slightly duller version of the color so that it shows up just a bit more than I usually have stitches show in the background. Though they are both line, the line type is very different so, they play off of each other very well. The yellow, though very bold, can't hold up to the high, high contrast of the equal amounts of black and white in the flower so the flower is able to come forward and take center stage. The strip of black and white along the bottom adds just a bit more interest there and helps to balance out that big ol' flower.
The charcoal gray batting that surrounds it all acts as negative space to the yellow which is really occupying the mid plane. Leaving almost an inch of the batting all around the yellow is just enough to get it to act as a strong enough frame to hold up the yellow as the yellow is holding up the flower. Each and every thing that is present here is doing an important job - no shirkers!