Saturday, January 22, 2011

Telling it All at Mint Hill Arts

Mint Hill Arts, Mint Hill NC, invited me to talk about my work, show some of it and then demonstrate how I create my work.

Folks there are not very familiar with textile art, so it should be fun.

I am bringing some of the wonderful seeds that are my inspiration, some of my newest work and will be showing how I work create my stencils and work with inks.

This is Tuesday 7-9 PM January 25 2011.

if you are in the area hope you will come by and participate.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Creating Depth - VII -- It's in the Blues

We have examined a number of ways of creating depth that artists use to create dimensionality on a flat surface. Some other techniques for creating depth were not needed in Rose Has Got Some Hips. So I will use other examples to illustrate.

Here is a detail shot of a new piece where I challenged myself to create layers of depth with greens. It is easy to see the use of warmer greens and cooler greens. But I also moved the greens in the back to blue-green to push them further back. There is also shading and it also goes to the blue-green end of the spectrum.

One spike needed to be forward of the blue-green back spike and behind some of the more forward yellow-green spikes, so I reduced its intensity by using some gray over the blue-green. Less intense (grayed or shaded) colors will also recede.

My friend, Holly, does tapestries of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and often uses these blue-greens and blue-grays to move the mountains back layer by layer on the visual plane. As we look through the air towards a distant object, the most distant ones will tend to go more blue and blue gray so the phenomena is called "atmospheric" perception.

Another element of depth we have looked at already is relative warmth and coolness of colors. Normally the reddish purple of the background around these spikes would be considered warm, but next to the yellow-orange background and stem areas, it is a cool color and recedes behind the stems and spikes.

Color is a lot fun, and provides lots of challenges. Part of the reason I love working with Heidi Stoll-Weber hand-dyed fabrics, is that the existing colors will always give some challenges in creating my designs on top of the fabric. It is more of a challenge, because the Tsukineko inks are basically transparent, so the background of the fabric will come through.

Happy quilting and thanks for reading,