I gotta say I've thoroughly enjoyed this month's assignment. First not only am I a music girl at heart but Elizabeth was kind enough to allow me to use one of my favorite songs to base my work on. I picked the theme song from the TV show, Justified - Long Hard Times To Come by Gangstagrass. I love this song because it mixes the hip hop rap over a traditional bluegrass back beat. Also, its not a secret that I have a huge crush on the main character, Raylan Givens. With this assignment I get to mix three loves into one!
So playing the song over, and over, and over - managed to come up with two main sketches with value drawings. With decent critiques on both - I chose the one that I thought spoke the most about the song - I wanted to express how the song was one rhythm laid over the other.
My next step was to play with my black, brown and white paper making value layouts. I tried a ton and came up with a few possibilities. I picked one but I'm still not totally sold on it. The nice thing about this design is that I can still change it around on my design board if I want to because ya know how it is. . . ."Make visual decisions visually".
Even with all that planning, I was actually surprised to see my idea come to light on this piece. It looks even better than I imagine. Of course, that last 6 blocks will pull it all together - plus I think I'll be adding more accent pieces, but you get the gist. Yes - I
Its going to be fun playing with different quilting ideas.
Its 36" by 36" so its a good size as a model for a bigger piece.
So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?
Hi, Nina Marie. Love your choice of fabrics and colors. This is a really exciting piece--what a class!
I love how yours is turning out! Your fabric choices and color placement really capture rhythm. And your value choices are spot on. I am thinking that fusing is the way to go on some of these monthly assignments-just not enough time!
I love a good share!
You've been busy - and the results look stunning. Will be fun to see how it turns out with those last blocks !
I agree - great colours for the 'darks' in the piece. The decision to simply fuse strips gives it so much texture! :-)
Boy you have been busy. Even with fusing it is still a lot of hours making this. I feel so "cheap" because my July piece is not nearly so complicated. I love your dark and light values. It definitely fits with the piece of music.
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