Friday, August 9, 2019

In the Words of Emily Richardson ...Off the Wall Friday

Edge of an Instant, 16" by 14" Emily Richardson
So if you haven't gotten it in the last two weeks, my Quilting by the Lake was a pivotal in my life.  Its the kind of time where I'll be saying in 20 years, "It all changed after Emily's Class" .  The more distance from the class the more  ideas are constantly jumping in my head.  I had to start a little journal so I wouldn't lose them!

Last week I left off with my little beginner piece.  The second one I wanted to try adapting the way I create and meld it with Emily's organic approach.  I started with a loose sorting of my fabrics (you'd have to see Emily's looks like color silk exploded all over while she's designing and then
magically its all picked up while she's sewing).  Then I picked a background piece to set the size.  And it was off to the races!!

"I don't get anywhere new if I'm reserved. 
 I only get somewhere if I am ready to take off"
Emily Richardson

Step1:   Just get Stuff Up

At this point I really had no idea where I was going.  I did know that I would set up an underlying value that would help hold it together.

"With everything you put down, something new is created"
   Emily Richardson    

Step 2:  An Idea is Forming

 Well at least I have an idea where it's going now.  There is definitely a lot of trials at this point.  Put a little up and take a little down.  What pleases me...What doesn't.  Is the value letting my eye flow or come to a dead stop.  

"You move one thing and it changes everything.
  Meanwhile its stabilized by the grid underneath"
Emily Richardson

Step 3: Evaluate

So I started the evaluation process that Emily had suggested.  During the first few evenings of classes, I had gone back to my room and review exactly what were the Elements and Principals of Design. Boy, I'm glad I did.  It made the whole process easier.  PLUS  I found out my new little point and shoot had a Black/White mode so I could see an instant value study.  The light path is subtle but its there.

"It's seeing where the composition wants to go. Bringing it to life, so I like it and hopefully other people will too" 
Emily Richardson

Step 4:  Time to Bake

  "So now it hangs on my design wall and I still want to make a few changes to it.  I personally think it needs a bit more dark in there and the dark left hand corner needs some lightening up.  But we'll see.  I remember I was worried it would look too much Emily's work.  I must have been crazy.  It totally doesn't look like her work at all.  I think it just needs a bit more me.

So What Have Been Up to Creatively?

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The Inside Stori said...

This is a wonderful piece… your new direction!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Your enthusiasm is a inspirational. Love it!

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