The fall colors are still fascinating me. I just can’t seem to look enough. And every day the view changes.
I have a few other ways of looking at a work to see if the balance is good and the composition on is as strong as it can be. One is to squint. I do this a lot with out even thinking about it. But is is good to pay attention. The second is to use a reducing glass or if you do not have one – to use binoculars in a backward fashion. By making the work smaller the eye can see all of the composition at once. You can also take a digital photo to reduce the size for viewing too. I do anything that helps the brain to make a good composition. Because who wants to waste their time working on something that is not the best one can do?
Progress Report: Earthly Fissures I am pleased with this work. I took it along with four other works to my photographer, John Dowling yesterday. Having the proper lighting and such really does make a difference. I feel that I achieved my goal of creating a dark crack without using black. To do so I used the dark green to create the darkest area. This rock had lots of cracks in it. I used a lot of yarn and thread to convey this feeling.
15 This work is my entry for the Diva’s 15 anniversary show. The rule we all have to follow is : fifteen must be some were in the work and the quilt must be 15” X 15” . I made a block using the roman numeral for fifteen- XV and then built the quilt. The only block were you can read it is in the lower right hand corner. My personal challenge was to assemble it all by hand and quilt it that way too. I have not done either of those things in a long time. I also wanted to get a little practice in doing hand quilting before I started quilting Ethel’s quilt. Now I am ready- if I can only decide now what pattern I want the quilting to follow.
Scarp Happy I finished another one of these fun quilts. I did make it to the Ronald McDonald House this week were I left off the previous one. I looked at the shoe box that holds the extra blocks and it is still too full so I will make another soon using old blocks.
Butterflies for Ethel This will be the third in the Butterfly Series. The title of this work comes from the fact that I have used only Ethel’s fabric for the background of this project. She had a good eye for color and pattern. I am now ready to cut the Butterflies themselves out of the ground cloth. After I add paint I will apply them to this surface.
Swoop I lost my last curvier cut piece when I was at Pat Pauly’s work shop. After trying to find it I have finally accepted the fact that it is gone. So I thought I better get going on a new piece. And I think I was doing a bit of avoidance too as I did not feel confident about starting the quilting on Ethel quilt.
New Rock This is another avoidance start. Judy is pushing me to stretch /frame my rock pieces. So I decided to find a little section in the photo I used for Earthly Fissures( it is framed in white near the top). I cut a piece of wool big enough to stretch around a 18” X 24” canvas that I have and I will begin to try to create the area in blue.
New Work This work is really not very new. I started it at QBL last summer.But it had become buried. When I unearthed it this week I decided to move forward on the completion. It is small and I think it will go quickly.