"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Out To Sea

Here's another 5x7 piece that I finished last week. I haven't had time to post lately. My son (11) is finishing up 5th grade and his 6 years of Elementary School. Next year he will move on to a new school for 3 years of Middle School. Finishing 5th grade brings with it all the requisite activities and celebrations that one would expect. Among them is the creation of a "Memory Book" for all the kids. Guess which committee I signed up to chair??? So, I have been up to my eyeballs in info gathering and layout for this book, but it is a labor of love and it is going to be a wonderful keepsake! I have to have 150 of these babies copied and bound by next week. Once that's done, I can get back to creating ... I hope!
So, I call this piece "Out To Sea". I was challenged to use a split complementary color scheme (blue, red-orange, yellow-orange) and a geometric shape (circle). I made some "bullseyes" and then cut them apart. I placed them on top of another circle and they looked like horseshoe crabs so that is how I came up with the name. I decided to quilt the blue background with free motion circle "bubbles" - something new to me. I used metallic silver thread and I really like the results of the quilting. I did get a bit bleary-eyed doing it, though, and had to remind myself to blink. The only thing I wish I'd done differently is use an invisible or holographic thread for the wavy "current" lines, rather than blue. The blue lines jump out at me a bit much. But it's all for the sake of learning, right?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've had thoughts of doing something like this only with triangles. Maybe I'll have to make a little postcard to satisfy that thought. Nice stuff - keep going ARTIST.