|Gypsy Woman with Baby (1919), Modigliani|
When starting one of our group challenges I first look (squint) at the picture and try to decide what elements jump out at me. In this painting I was struck by the gypsy's elongated face and hands and by the way Modigliani outlined each field of color with a thin black line. Almost cartoonish.
I decided when we started our monthly challenges that I would stick to the artists' color choices. More or less. There are two reasons for this:
- It is one less decision to make when starting the piece. The colors are already chosen for me.
- It forces me to work with colors I wouldn't normally choose. I generally lean towards the warm side of the color wheel. But I have found that my palette has expanded since I started "forcing" myself to work with cooler colors. Which is a wonderful thing.
The result was this small piece:
|Pods, 22"w x 17"h, © 2017|
After quilting the Canyon quilt I felt I needed to try quilting with curvy lines again. Although I liked the way that piece turned out, the lines of quilting on it were pretty straight despite my curvy intentions. So I got a little wild with this one. More curves than straight lines.
I'm off to Houston for International Quilt Festival tomorrow. I can't wait to see all of the exhibits and to catch up with friends I haven't seen in ages. And to find out what award I've won!