I have promised to stop calling this Sprout, the same way that the Big Beastie is supposed to known as Middle Moor. Yeh, that worked.
I have sprouted away this week to good purpose. The tipping point is past, and it is now that manic downhill race to completion, exhilarating and getting faster and faster but so easy to lose concentration and end up flat on your face.
From bones and structure this week has been about clothing and fleshing, some so subtle that it barely shows, other parts have made dramatic impact. It is now about detail, balancing formal elements and making sure the image reads in the way I want. Spot the difference a week can make? (8) I think you have to be here to see them.
Main areas done would be the sky – inked as promised and fairly gloomy – it is Yorkshire in a soggy January. And the road way. This isn’t yet complete – but it reads better with the texture and the sudden flashes of colour, but both will be damped down to get that contrast in surface quality to the undergrowth that I want. I did try straighter lines of couching but it felt false , and gradually added more and more fluff and contrast. So it may look ambiguous – one friend saw it as a river – but ….. And the pink? Rather like the pink ( a piece of sari silk) it does make me question the state of my eyesight – the reds and saturated colours are all so close to the front. I think more contrast in the verge. Navy or purple?
And the sky? Not impressed. I like the cloudiness and the subdued tones but the physical surface is so flat and matt. I may feel the need to stitch, possibly quilt just to give it some life. Quilting is likely anyway – I have not used stablisers so there is a fair amount of ripple. The calico has done well coping with the uneven weight and drag of the stitching but if it is going to hang it could do with a bit of support. This did begin as a good rectangle, cut on the grain, but that is distant memory.
And so the saga of Sprout continues. I do intend to have the imagery finished by the end of the week – I think about another 3 or 4 hours of concentrated stitching, with lots of pressing and pondering (coffee breaks). Achievable? The to do list is nearly in single figures- the time of sprout is passing…. and I have a series of other deadlines to meet.
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