I‘ve always been intrigued by the edge of light along a piece when the sun is fairly low, or the shapes are backlit. There’s something magic about the glow.
I made a piece called Brighter At The Top on which I tried to show that last golden glimmer on the chimney pots.
And I had seen another artist’s work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (alas I didn’t make a note of the name; I was so fascinated by the effect of the light on the cubes as I walked back and forth) make a large stone sculpture of this same effect.
See how the light changes?
I had photographed St Ives from the Tate St Ives art museum –
from the cafe balcony which has a great view but, sadly, such poor service that after half an hour waiting for a cup of tea we left in high dudgeon and thirst……..but the view is good!
Then I made a sketch from my photograph, and looked for place where the buildings were seen as an edge against the light…..from that I made sketches just of those details and finally picked the one I liked the best and made a quilt called Edge of Light:
I reversed the values because I wanted the chimneys and rooftops to show the glow I love so much; I thought that putting the deep blue behind the golden yellow would really emphasize that intriguing edge! I made the houses nearer to me deeper in color so that the piece has some weight toward the bottom and also added a few (just a few, don’t need to spell it all out!) details to give a sense of depth. I wanted to bring out the horizontal line patterns of the sketch. If you notice there are 3 or 4 lines going horizontally across the piece in somewhat syncopated rhythms…..these contrast to the very straight edge of the sea, and the rounded edges of the distant hills. It’s really a kind of 6 part harmony – I often find it helps me to think of music composition when I’m tried to compose a visual piece. I’m no musician and, to my great chagrin, can only croak not sing….but I once did a harmony class and the concepts were (0n the music page) very visual.
So…these were my aims and process for this little quilt..I hope I succeeded! And now to go and look for more edges! If you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth
PS Just received this rather pretty little logo (from Professional Quilter magazine)!