Art Every Day, Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Despite fighting with my machine most of the afternoon, here is today's new piece.
I'm always extra pleased when I can manipulate color to my will, which is exactly what took place here.
I began with this yummy, blue/brown color way, throwing it on a bright white ground that was set on top of a delicious blue green tinted batting. I really just wanted to push the envelope with texture then bully the white and make it bend my way.
So, I layered everything up and stitched down the blues with simple blue lines and the brown with some biggish stippling. The nubby bits that run down just left of center and the brown bits along the edge of the cheesecloth are some of the strings/threads that come out of our washing machine during the dyeing process - it was the cluster of those fibers that made me choose the blue/brown color combo. Anyway, they were stitched down with blue thread too.
It's what I did to the white that excites me. Because a pure, crisp white like this one always tries to rise to the surface above most colors sometimes even pure hues, I quilted the hell out of it with a minute 1/8", straightish crosshatch grid and viola! back it goes into negative space - take that you overbearing white! I win.
At least until tomorrow,