A New Day (55”w, 26”h)
it’s the New year’s Resolutions time of year…in the few days before I have all these wonderful ideas about the amazing changes I’m going to make!!! well…it’s lovely to think about anyway…
The way to succeed in many pursuits is by practice and by doing strengthening exercises: most athletes these days work out to increase their skills, so do dancers, musicians, mountain climbers and truck drivers. So what strengthening exercises might we as fiber artists do? I want this to be a very collaborative blog...I have a few ideas, but need input from every one! Including the reader in my 106th country - the Isle of Man! ( I do love the widget that tells me how many countries are represented by readers of this blog - even if some of them got here by accident!).
Jaunty Ladies (those are the ones that exercise!) (45”w, 27”h)
So back to some possible exercises. In no particular order…
1.What would make our critical eyes stronger? Maybe a half hour of looking at art each day...being inspired by it, then by thinking about what it was that really touched us and made a connection.
2. Lie back and imagine how you could make a quilt based on one of those images.
3.Look at pictures and squint up your eyes to see the values...go for a walk, every 10 minutes stop! and squint up your eyes...observe the value pattern.
4.What would make our compositional skills stronger? maybe looking at possible inspirational photographs each day and deriving a quick value sketch. What would you need to move, add or subtract to improve the composition?
5.Every other day...we could take the best of those value sketches and quickly cut out a small piece of no more than 5 elements...just following the value pattern..
6.Twice a week take one of the elements that you cut out and place it on a plain background and then add 4 more shapes .... think about harmony - the shapes should be from the same family...but with their own distinctive characteristics, however one should be dominant.
on the left: Distant Lights (38”w, 56”h) – don’t let the lights be too distant!
7.Every day drink a cuppa tea and gradually read all those books you've been buying!! figure out which will be helpful and which not. Learn to discard unhelpful practices.
8. challenge yourself to come up with new and interesting colour schemes...try to notice one each day - on your daily walk, while reading a magazine, or surfing the 'net....pull out fabrics to match and cut snippets to make a sample page to keep in a notebook.
okay! now it's your turn!!! what exercises would you recommend? the Olympics are just around the corner! Let’s all be stronger in the New Year!
And, if you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth
PS All the above quilts are available for purchase, prices between $1600 and $2500 depending on size.