|Black and White #2, Kay Sorensen|
|Figure/Ground Study #3, Sandra Palmer Ciolino|
So with my latest lesson on value, I've fallen in love with the monochromatic palette of White through Black. I admit, I never thought I would. I mean with all the gorgeous colors in the world why stick to only Black and White? Not to mention, SHOW OF HANDS, who here became a quilter because it was just an extension of coloring left over from childhood?
That all said, I had a thoroughly fun time doing my latest Project, Cropped. Katie asked us to crop a photo and recreate it in only black, gray and white paying specific attention to the values. Once I got the crop right (thanks again for all the help), the piece wasn't too hard. But I do love how it came out!
|Legends Never Die, Maria Dlugosch|
|Cropped, Nina-Marie Sayre|
Here's my self critique -
- This is a diagonal cruciform composition using a monochromatic palette
- A visual pathway is created though the quilt, with the darkest of darks leading the eye
- There is plenty of variety of shapes as well as negative space to rest the eye.
- The palette chosen reflects the nostalgic mood of the piece.
- The photo has been cropped to show a more interesting portrayal of the original.
- The focal point - although having contrast - could have even more emphasis. Is it the O or is it the W? Or is the star? UGH?! (there is always something isn't there!)
|Star Dreams of Snow, Kari Anderson, @andersondesignworks|
|Zen, Beth Schellenberger|
Still I don't know what was more fun with this piece - doing the actual work to see the finish product or researching all the signs! With all the new super bright In-Your-Face LED signs out there yelling at us to "Like Us on Facebook" - I really do miss these retro masterpieces of an era not so long ago.
Anyways, before I get even more melancholy, Cropped has started me looking at what other quilters have done with this particular palette. And let me tell you - there is some AMAZING work out there. A few artists have granted permission to share some here! I have included links to their online presence so you can check out the rest of their truly fantastic work!
I hope this has inspired you to take the plunge in the monochromatic gray scale world. Without Katie to nudge me in that direction, I might never have tried it! So glad she did!!
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