Busy-ish week – now have the brochures for York Open Studios!, Sent in several entries, booked to do a workshop in the extended Hornsea Arts Festival in October, murdered my giant gate that came apart in a gale and even did a bit of weeding! Remember the workroom is open Wednesday evening and Friday morning if you want to come and sew or for a bit of advice and tutoring. Email for details….
Colour theories meets practice. I have tried detaching the “Monet” colours from the image and use them to construct a new landscape. The step by step is below.
It is a competent little piece but…. sneakily I like the first with the bold gold. All of this thread work makes me long for spaces and room within the picture. I also struggle with the contrasts – I still draw, and draw a lot so tone is as important as hue, and also mark making- with this concentration on colour these have tended to get left behind. The mid tone colours have blended more than intended ( the pinky-yellowness makes me think of fruit salad chews), I ended adding some small touches of red as focus points in the foreground to pull the distance out a little more but still think it needs more recession. this is already using more colour than usual. While it is bright it isn’t me. And as for the amount of stitching? I guess that is why they call it embroidery.
As an antidote I went back to a very limited palette and my normal style – blue, ochre yellow and beige seems to manage very well. This is a prototype for a ‘pot’ or vase sleeve. I am trialing some of the Vilene CS800 – a thin but tough non woven – it is supposed to be an adequate paintable surface, stitchable and nearly everything able. I liked the notion of a stiffener that works well as a stabiliser while sewing. This at first glance works well- doesn’t tear however much I sew it, doesn’t pucker and the machine doesn’t seem to notice it any more than Stitch and Tear. Shame about the rest of it!