Thursday, 16 December 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
The Patchworks of Lucy Boston which combines excellent photographs of Lucy Boston's quilts with extensive and useful commentary on history, fabrics and construction. This is my humble tribute, I fussy cut the diamonds to make use of the patterns of each fabric.
The mystery quilt instructions were to use 12 fabrics, 4 lights, 4 mediums and 4 darks, no stripes. I decided on blues, as I now know from having to pay attention to and carefully choose my colours I am using soft warm blues. My choice was partly indicated by some pretty blue and white Austrian dress fabric I had (think Heidi and Sound of Music), a lightweight cotton that I've always wanted to use, and a navy used for a pirate costume for Caitlin. Also, blues remind me of my mother. Blue has always suited her but even more so now her hair is a fine silver, and soft blue is like her personality, soft, quietly beautiful and warm.
Thursday, 28 October 2010
This was my first try with acrylics and the drawing was fine but then I was faced with the problem of how do you keep the drawing when you paint. Apparently you can paint in the lines, use charcoal which is darker or build up in layers 'thin to thick' but I just went for thick right away, and the effect is certainly striking if a little overly spontaenous! Had great fun with the one thing that was under control, the colour, because I was only using alizarin crimson and one shade of blue with white, although I learned never to walk away and come back with acrylics, it's dry by then. Oh, and that alizarin crimson is very very strong!