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Friday, January 13, 2012

Light in the Forest - Finished!

Light in the Forest is finished!

I got a lot of feedback on this piece as I worked through it. I was not initially happy with it - I think primarily because the original hand dyed fabric was quite vivid and by the time I had the block printing finished, the colors were very subdued. It was necessary to use tinted and hued colors for the printing in order to create a bit of contrast - so the printing would show up. That was something I hadn't really thought through when I first started this piece.

I usually start my work with vague plans - and I work pretty intuitively. This usually works in my favor because I rarely scrap a piece - if it has any merit, I will usually see it through - working until I am satisfied I have done my best. If I were to do this piece over again (or wanted to try this idea of sunlight filtering through the forest again - which I might do) I think I would use very different fabrics for the background so that I could use more vivid colors for the printing. For the shadowy areas, I might try to go with a very dark gray. For the lighter areas, perhaps a very pale yellow. Hmmm - something to consider as I work through this series. Did I mention - I have committed to doing at least 10 pieces in this series of collaged / block printed style? I have a whole list of ideas to try out.

I appreciate all the suggestions and encouragement I received from my blog readers. It has been great fun!


imquilternity said...

It's really wonderful! Amazing to follow you from beginning to finish. I really do love it.

knutty knitter said...

It looks lovely despite your doubts :)

viv in nz

Margaret Cooter said...

Great piece - subtle yet cheerful - it was good to see it evolving!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Love the FINISH. I appreciated reading your process, and like the radiating light effect.

Anne-Marie said...

This is a very nice summer forest!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful, enough said.

Jeannie said...

Thanks so much for sharing your progress. I really enjoyed watching Light in the Forest emerge. It is beautiful. Of course, I am partial to Goldfinches, so this really lighted up my eyes.