|Earlier this week|
So here's the thing. . . . I like a plan.. . . I need a plan. . . . I create with a plan. Now I know that a lot of artists are into the whole intuitive thing, letting their creations have a serendipitous spark to them. But that's not me.
Still I try not to be anal. So in my last few figurative works, I've been working from a loose sketch which usually helps me get the proportions right and then I work from there. And that's where I'm at with my latest piece.... Monet's Door.
This week I worked through all the base of the quilt, leaving all the many, many flowers I have planned for later. I'm still trying to decide what I'm going to do about the flowers. Do I fussy cut them from my fabric stash. . . . or. . . . do I just abstract them out using patches of color to give the impression of flowers. When I looked back at the impressionists painters they did it both ways .
|Detail of Monet's Chrysanthemums with blots of color|
|Detail of Monet's Spring Flowers - Much more detail oriented|
When I was whining to my daughter, Tessa that I didn't think I had enough flower fabric in my stash, she said, "Momma, I've been in your fabric room - you have a ton of flowers up there!" So I took another trek up to the third floor and yeah - she's right - I had a ton! (I really do forget how much cool commercial fabric I have since I haven't been using it lately!)
Anyways - its getting to be sink or swim time since this piece is due in less than two weeks to the blog hop coordinator!
So what have been up to creatively?
Your piece is so compelling and will be smashing when finished!!!
I love it so far. It might be easier to do abstract splashes than trying to get the right scale of prints although with all that flower fabric you just might have it there. I'm also doing one for the same blog hop and am not so happy with what I'm doing but last night Instarted quilting it and it is looking better. I'm doing a landscape inspired by Lawren Harris of the Canadain Group of 7 that I admire so much.
Your quilt is gonna be great!
I am really enjoying reading about your process with this project. It's actually very helpful to me. If I was to choose, I like the idea of abstract flowers. Both of the Monet's you show are gorgeous, I just like the softness in the first one.
Wow this is going well. How large is it It looks big. So glad I am done with mine, but it is not that big. Fight on!
Hard choice! The idea of blobs of color appeals to me, and I imagine that could give you more freedom regarding colors and scale, to fit your vision. This looks like it is going to be amazing.
I like the idea of abstracted flowers, but I'm sure whatever you decide will look great!
Good luck. I'm sure it'll be great! p.s. I think a little of both would be great.
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