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Friday, May 8, 2009

Urban Colors

I previously posted an image of this piece -before quilting. I also posted a couple of 12" trial pieces as I attempted to decide on a quilting plan.

One of the things I really love about this piece is the way the colors have blended together. I wanted to create a quilting design that did not detract from the movement of the color from one color block to another.

So, I opted for a very simple grid - and vertical plus horizontal lines.

Above, you can see the entire piece. It measures 34 x 60". I really love the proportions of this piece. However, I am bothered by the big red space in the lower left quarter. I am not sure what happened . . . I must have gotten distracted when I was drawing the design with glue gel, because there is not the detail in this space that the rest of the piece has . . . and I don't know why I chose to paint that big space red! Sigh! I am thinking about cropping away the lower 1/3 of the piece to remove most of the red space.
I am not sure that is a good solution, though, because there isn't really a natural place to crop away the bottom. It looks wrong to me to have just the top of a building showing or to have a door cut in half . . . I have played around with this quite a bit and I am vacillating. I would like to bind it in the next couple of days because I am thinking about entering it in a show with a rapidly approaching deadline.

Impressions? I would love a little input. Thanks!


Candied Fabrics said...

Ah! Don't crop it! The proportions are lovely and emphasize the city-ness of the piece!

1) I'm sure there's more detail to that red area in person, I know how the bright colors can become overwhelming in a photo. SO! I'm sure it's not that glaring in real life! AND it's not as bad as you think it is!

2)How about adding some color detail with either paint or some paint sticks to the bottom part of the red - just some amorphous color oozing up like there is in most of the other larger bits. Some yellow would not do any harm there (although I'd try it out 1st)

This really is a nice piece, even if you leave it alone!


Ruth said...

I agree with Candy - add some color with paint or stamping in that area you are not happy with. Just a little will do it.

Hilary Metcalf said...

What about a thermofax screen of white squares to simulate the windows elsewhere? Or a stamp?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Candy, Ruth, and Hilary. The reason the red area is so prominent is because it is solid. the other areas of solid color including the reds are attentuated by another color or shades. I'd try toning it down with some screens OR you could highlight that area by adding an applique house over it--or perhaps a window --or maybe print the word 'city'.


Terri said...

This is such a bright, colorful, and fun piece!