Wednesday, 5 April 2017

THE VALUE OF LOOKING UP


One of the problems of having garden areas completely surrounding ones home is that there is a LOT of watering to do!  

I was out with the hose, rehydrating the poor plants, when I looked up & noticed there was some form of blossom peeking out of the top of our big-spikey-plant.  I dashed inside for the camera (with a zoom lens) and with it,  saw this...

A few days later I took the camera out again, zoomed in to see it had transformed to this...

A few days later still it had become...

...this!  It was such a rare occurrence in our garden that I chose to make it my focus for the weekly art practice this week.

Where to start?  Of the many photos I took of this flower, I chose to work from...

...this photo.  I chose it because I liked the way the thick linear leaves broke up the space & framed the buds in the centre.

Time was in short supply again this week, so I spent minimal time playing with design options.  I did two quick pen studies.

The first, which I REALLY liked, but soon realised it had way too much in it for a 15cm square to be completed in contemporary reverse applique!

This pared down sketch became much more do-able & was the basis for my design.  Although the flower is off white with green tinges & leaves , I LIKED my black & white version & chose to follow through with that option for my piece.

I found a few different white fabrics, with the difference coming from weave & pattern.  These differences don't show up very well in the photographs, you'll just have to believe me...they are there!  For the background I came across a scrap of grey fabric that I had speckled with black paint years ago, obviously for another project.  I liked the way it looked, giving potential movement & energy to the background without overpowering it.

I carefully sewed my outline through the sandwich of fabric layers & drew in my first lot of cutting lines before getting out the scissors.

Cutting back went from this to these...

Hmmm...it's a bit hard to see the difference isn't it?

I decided to add a little bit of visual help.

Using a fabric pen in a limey green, I added some detail to give it a lift. 


It was all coming together quite nicely, but I wanted to add a reference to those wonderful bold leaf lines, so chose to add some stitch, the results of which also contributed to the 'framing' effect.

All in all, I was very happy with the end result, even if the camera really didn't like those whites! I was glad I had had that moment, albeit whilst doing a tedious chore, to look up & see this beauty!








































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