I know it is a bit of an obsession, but…. and it is giving me a head ache just trying to be coherent and wonderfully together over that old bugbear – COLOUR, and structured working practice.
So which approach is the most effective? Is what I am currently doing working – umm….
are past approaches better? umm….. Define ‘better’.
OK, harmonies are meant to work well together, but without contrast become bland or flat. Using low saturation complex colours reads as beige. Beige has a tendency to read as grey or to disappear. Multiple broken colours tend to eat each other. Rayon threads rely on light levels and quality of light to read as true colours. What works small does not work big. And that is just the start.
So start with a ground. Let this show through a little and it can make subtle differences lifting or squashing colours, make shading, and all without multiple thread changes. It can also help with transitions between colour areas. Saturated base colours throw everything else off kilter, pale yellow is easy to overpower, but it does make it more exciting.
So create a base of either coloured fabric or applied fabric pieces. Or how about tapestry wool which can give a more complex, finer areas of colour to work over. Does this make it sound easy? Yes. Can’t be that easy in my little world.
And this is the idea at present, big bit of work to be the next making. Looks just like the sketch! At the moment it is merely one lump of old patterned silk to be the base for the forground scrub and some rough stitched tapestry wool as the base for a stand of conifers. The fabric is to argue with the following colours and to give a coherence, the yarn is to work with, providing harmonies and depths of colour and texture. The next layers will be machined – but what? mid tone hues to get the colour established? Shadow colours to start creating depth in the foreground? Should it be more neutral colours to work out tonal ranges and contrasts? Or will it be the usual erratic and dabbling approach, as in ‘all of the above, and then some’? It is so big that I may have time and space to try all of them, repeatedly.
I think I need to find a fancy name for my working method that will it make it seem more deliberate and artistically worthy. An ‘ism’ perhaps.
If the witterings haven’t put you off- remember I have several come and try opportunities very soon. Take a look at the workshops page on the website or on the other pages on this site….