I choose to hand in these three. Two where from previous classes and have been languishing in my sketch book for literally years. I've been wanting to do both of them. The ladder one is one that I've been playing with on and off (mostly off!) I keep putting off doing it since its a motif I've seen everywhere. And since art is a form of a communication - who wants to say what what everyone else is saying?? (And yes - I do realize that doesn't stop some people!)
The other two were stronger anyways. I chose the arches since I have a supposed arch series going. In Elizabeth's critique, she reminded me to make sure to watch my negative space spacing and play with unevenness. This I knew - but its way more fun to play with it up on your design board then in pencil and paper - so the sketch really doesn't reflect that.
I then had to pick a palette - how to pick a palette you ask?? I'm glad you asked!
How to Pick a Palette
- Maintain a collection of images for color inspiration. Pick ones that really speak to you and you love to look at. (I use my Pinterest boards - Color Inspiration and Art Quilts I wish I made)
- Pick three pictures that you love, love, love - Oh and Love some more - then narrow it down to the one you love the best - leave the boyfriends behind and chose the Keeper!
- Pick the 3-5 colors from the picture.
- Then pull from your stash a full range of values and a good mixture of saturations from your stash. (Refer to this post if you've forgotten the difference between color, value and saturation)
- No matter what - DO NOT go back into your stash after you start sewing it and pull another color out. It will NOT make the piece better - it is Not the solution to what's wrong with the piece (don't ask me how I know this - grin) The palette is fine (I mean you married it right?!)
Tunisian Door - Margaret Ramsay - 55" by 41"
Ohhh and yes I got a bit of sewing done too!
So what have been up to creatively this week?