Monday, June 10, 2013
Not taking the ordinary for granted
With the sun shining on this distant spot, the trees are a brilliant lime green and the rocks and tree trunks have a rich, rusty orange color. Seen through the flat browns and olive greens in the shadowed woods in the foreground, this distant sunny spot really catches your eye. Add in a couple of trees that are silhouetted on the edge of a ridge and I started thinking about quilt possibilities......
The first step for me is the thumbnail sketch. I was thinking of a dark monochromatic palette with a small touch of color for that distant hillside I could see. With all that dark color, though, I need to be careful that it's not too boring, that there would still be some visual interest within the darker areas.
So I sketched and sketched, thinking of tree placements, where to put that spot of color and whether the piece should have a vertical or horizontal orientation. And how big should it be?
And, of course, what fabrics and colors should I use? I pulled these from my stash to look at while I sketched and thought. And I'm still thinking about which is best - maybe one of the last two sketches.