Close, Closer, Closest
My brain stores various tidbits of advice heard over the years. One such gem is art is viewed close, then closer and finally as close as possible. Although it wasn’t stated that way. Instead, and this is why it stays with me, the remark was more along the lines of “Art should grab you the moment you step into the room. Next, it compels you to stand in front of it. Finally, you should be so intrigued as to lean forward to discern the detail.
I keep the close, closer and closest advice in mind whenever I design and then create my artwork. In order to capture the viewers attention, whether creating something abstract or more realistic I lean on design principles. If you honor design principles, such as contrast, repetition, balance and movement it does make a difference. Although, not a formal design principle, I frequently turn to the rule of threes to position a focal point.
If you take a closer look at In the Beginning, as it appear last week, you will notice contrasting colors, strong diagonal lines conveying movement and the large star on the right side is craftily positioned according to the rule of threes. The latter will become clearer once the remaining five rows are added to the composition.
I am close, but not done making the blocks for row #7 of In the Beginning. So, since I couldn’t share a progress photo, I thought I would share the closest view, a sneak peak behind how the images for my blog are created combined with a close up view of some of the individual blocks that will make up row #7.
The Senior Executive Director of Studio Operations, in his capacity as photographer, takes my work to his studio (basement with a second design wall covered in black felt) and snaps 5 – 7 images of whatever I have managed to complete since I last wrote. He takes photos of each item at different camera settings. These images are uploaded to my computer. I chose the best and edit them so viewers aren’t distracted by poor lighting, raw edges, pins or extraneous background.
If you scroll through the gallery above you can see three different styles of blocks, a twisted log cabin, nine patch and combination of both. This is what the blocks would look like if you were take a very close, nose to the quilt look.
The fourth prompt for this year’s Project Quilting was posted on Sunday. The single word is “novel”. The gist is to create a quilt in one week based on the prompt. The idea behind this prompt was to select a favorite book and let it inspire you. One of the books I chose over and over again to read to our children was Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney. So, I created a field of lupines for Project Quilting 14 – 4.
I wasn’t able to finish my second pink block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this week. I was too busy working on Lupines. So, here is a second chance to see last week’s block.
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