When faced with infinite design possibilities, it's hard to know where to begin. Once a starting point is found, it then becomes difficult to know when to stop!
For example, here is a shot of my work table near the beginning of an exercise called, "Complementary Colour Scheme: Linear Design with Strips".
|At this point, I was thinking about windows.
The instructions said, "Using a ruler only as a straightedge...cut varying widths freehand. Anything goes, as long as only straight strips are used; they may be cut in any way you like. Fill the entire sheet."
Off to a decent start, I then added more and more bits until the whole thing was out of control.
Fortunately, I can always recognize a royal mess when I see one! That's when I know it's time to keep the best parts and strip back the rest.
|Of a hundred variations, this version wins the award for most cluttered!!!
My original intent was to create a vertical composition reminiscent of windows, so I removed everything that didn't serve that idea. I think this is a much stronger composition, don't you?
|Pared back to the basics
The orange "flap" I liked yesterday might have to go. Today I think it's a distraction.
Or, maybe not! It might just need to be slimmer. Hmm. Still refining.
This seems to be my modus operandi when designing on the fly:
- Start with a simple idea. (e.g. vertical composition, windows)
- Completely crap it up. I mean completely. Until the original concept is unrecognizable!
- Strip it back again, or maybe even dump it and start over.
- Refine and tweak until I'm satisfied.
Here is the second part of the same exercise.
Same assignment, but add in tints and shades of blue and orange.
|Complementary Colour Scheme: Linear Design With Strips, part 2
My brain must have been revved up and ready to go by the time I got this far. There was no hesitation, and everything came together very quickly. Not my usual dance at all!
Bonus: I actually like it. A lot!
Next up: Split Complementary Architectural Design
"You will need to emphasize a particular composition as you complete the next steps. Free-cut the fabric in relation to the shapes and images in the picture, simplifying as you go - no templates, no measurements."
I used a straight edge for cutting, or things would have been too wobbly for my liking, but just "eyeballed" the necessary sizes and shapes.
|Red, Blue-Green, & Yellow-Green
Using the same inspiration photo of a building, the next exercise was all about abstraction.
Sketching possibilities using only geometric shapes was step one.
|Inspiration photo and abstracted sketches
Choosing a dual complementary colour scheme was step two. The violets look very blue in this photo, but they are very purple in real life!
|Violet, Red-Violet, Yellow, & Yellow-Green
Again, the colours don't show well in this photo, but you get the idea! Can you believe this was inspired by a building and some shrubs? Ha!
|Abstract of building and shrubs - diagonal composition
On to the next!
|Red, Blue, & Yellow (the "green" is actually very dark yellow!) Triadic Colour Scheme
. . . and the next . . .ONLY FIVE MORE EXERCISES TO GO!!!
|Preparing for the next exercise
Quilting has been put on hold for a few days so I can get these exercises done before the May deadline, so no frame shot today.
A May deadline sounds easy enough, BUT between now and then I will be away for a weekend retreat with my guild (yay!), and then my daughter and I are leaving our menfolk to hold down the fort while we take the (grand)children to Disneyland!
There is also another trip to the city in the mix - for a class with Karlee Porter, the Graffiti quilter! Plus, clients would eventually like their quilts finished, I'm sure!!!
EEEEEE!!!! Exciting, busy times ahead!
My A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for April is to finish at least TWO of the five remaining exercises.
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