Friday, April 24, 2015

Bits and Pieces

Two New Quilts

Just finished a second small quilt featuring Athens, Georgia - a small college town with a lot of trees!

Here's the first one I made:

I liked this idea a lot, so I tried it again with a very different value pattern - changing the value pattern  (i.e. the arrangement of darks and lights) can convert a very different mood to a quilt.

So here's the second version:

Not only are the values different, the light is much warmer...a few details have been added and a few taken away but I worked from the exact same sketch.  Tell me which one you like best - and why!!!

Both are around 30" by 20" in size....not very large.

My next  piece is going to be another landscape; I just redid the landscape page on my website

and I really liked the look of the landscape pieces all together like that, so I thought I'd try another!

And after that...I have a different sketch of Athens - with even more trees - that I'd like to have a  go at.

Show in England

Meanwhile I'm in a show in Bilston, UK (or rather one of my quilts is).  I sure wish I could be there because they are having special lectures by some of the artists, and even a Clare Smith dye as you watch it drip quilt!!  I remember that one of the contestants on Project Runway did that and it was spectacular.  Of course they used Rit dye...the model walked onto the runway in a white dress...and when it rained (not a common occurrence on a runway!) the dye was activated.  In Clare Smith's pieces I don't think they actually cause rain in the gallery, probably a more local source of water!

 Here's the announcement about the show from Through Our Hands. Apologies for the extra spaces which are totally resistant to deletion! Note that you can sign up for this excellent free online quilting magazine.

All the artists here at Through Our Hands are delighted to let you know that our 3rd major exhibition opens at Bilston, UK, on 16th May.  It will feature new work by 24 of the world's most innovative textile artists who seek to push the boundaries of quiltmaking.

And, as a special treat, Through Our Hands, The Magazine, will be publishing an exhibition special, featuring all the work in the show.

The work of all 24 artists, can be seen in beautiful full colour illustrations, along with their insirations, methods of work, and artists statements.

Don't forget to tell your friends so they can sign up to read it online.  Simply complete the newsletter form on the front of the website and we'll send them a direct link.

Live Master Class 
And finally....I'm going to be teaching a LIVE master class focussing on design - lots of different aspects with different assignments in June in Massachusetts.  email me at: elizabethyork100 at yahoo dot com  for any details, there are one or two places available.

I look forward to hearing from you about the quilts at the top!
And, if you have been, thanks for reading.....Elizabeth


Claire said...

I like the second one better. The blue border sets it off and makes it sing while the first one just sort of sits there in my view.

Elizabeth Barton said...

Well thank you Claire - alas the blue border isn't!! I just photographed the quilt against a blue wall....

Kristin said...

I like the second one better because the light, bright colors make it seem more alive and inviting. The first one is interesting but the dark colors make it look a bit depressing.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

On the first one my eye went to the center first and stopped. The colors and values didn't lead me anywhere. On the second one I was led in by the colors in the foreground and my eye continued all the way through the piece to the background.

kay said...

Love the second one! The first one reminds me of a depressing, dying town I lived in for 6 years and couldn't wait to leave. (Sorry.) The second one looks like the Athens, GA I know and love - a vibrant college town, and one where happy memories are made (in my family, anyway). So I guess my preference was all about color/mood.

Wtrstone said...

To my eye it's all about the color.... the sharpness of the contrast, the mood set, the distinctness of the shapes---- all make the second piece more interesting...

Jeanne Marklin said...

The second piece was more cohesive. The perspective looked right color wise and the building read as buildings. In the first one the building in the foreground is confusing and the tall column in the background looked like a giant candle. Loved the second one!

Lora Martin said...

The first one is the one I like better. Part of the reason is that it is in "my" colors. I'm drawn to work with "fall" colors over and over. Also, it does not seem as bright and clear, seems dark with mysteries to be solved.

Anonymous said...

After reading Lora Martin's comment, I tried to like the first one more. But couldn't. To me the dark was depressing and spoke of coal dust.

The brightness of the second one makes me happy.

I am reminded of the 70s-80s when watercolors were done in browns and blacks and grays. And I liked some, but when it came time to buy, I bought a brighter one and wondered if I lacked artistic vision.

Heather Dubreuil said...

I prefer the second one, Elizabeth, with its warmer colours. I find it more cohesive and coherent. I admire your treatment of trees, something that I find challenging.

Turtlemoonimpressions said...

Wow! What a difference! Yeah, that first one is so drab and lifeless, as I'm sure you know! Is this your intro to critique 101? The whole town needs grounding and contrast and light/life. In the second one you brought it to life with light, value, contrast and a grounding and unifying cohesion. Although it is not peopled, you get the feeling that this is a happily inhabited place.