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Exploration II - Mr & Mrs Andrews

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Exploration II

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Designing Modern Quilts taught by Weeks Ringle

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Traditional
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What materials did you use? Great Master Painting, Color Wheel, Fabric Scraps

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What are you most proud of? I put the greens and browns in the same grouping, but not sure that I should have? After 'dotting' the colors on the color wheel I would confirm this is an analogous color scheme, but the complimentary accents really make the painting. The lightest touch of lavender also brightened up the ladies dress. I was surprised at how many neutrals were in the painting. I had to fussy cut the greys from another print as I did not have any greys in my closet. Even the lavender and blues that were used have a slightly grey cast to them. They really add to the overall mood of the painting. Interesting that the greens, browns and golds all seem to be very warm tones.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I jotted the colors I thought I saw down on paper in categories first, then I went to my scraps and matched them to the print. It helped me to sort them in my mind before I started pulling out scraps. I could work on the scraps by color family that way.

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Nice job! What is interesting about this painting is exactly what you pointed out--the blues that are complementary to the golds. It doesn't take bright colors to make something pop. It just takes contrast. It's only 10% of the painting, but if I asked you about the painting, you'd say "the one with the blue dress" I'm guessing. So now you know in a quilt that 10% of one color could be very powerful.

11/29/2012 Flag

This is very good to see... I've listened to Weeks class several times now, but haven't done the exercises yet.... I'm working up to it! :-) I've always felt in any art it's about contrast, I'm a retired jeweler (25 years) and sometimes I'd put the smallest whatever right next to the largest....and the surprise and contrast sets the tone for the piece. I can't wait to dig in!

12/04/2012 Flag

I hope you can find time to do the 'explorations'. I was surprised by what I learned. I think Weeks did a good job of finding things we can do on our own, but that also stretch us just a bit. At first I had a hard time using the fabrics for something that may never turn into a finished project. But then I started having a great time going through all my fabrics as I worked to see what would fit, and how differently they could play together. I bet your jeweler background will give you some very different perspective from the rest of us. I want to remember your comment about putting the smallest next to the largest can really change that.

12/17/2012 Flag

What I also meant to say SolarSusie, was thank you for the inspiration!

12/04/2012 Flag