This was from a class I was lucky enough to be invited to attend. Another chapter of the AZ Quilter's Guild was hosting the teacher and it was supposed to be for that group, but they had an opening or two and I got to take it.
We were to bring a photo either our own or of a completed art piece. Not wanting to challenge the copyright laws, I chose a photo in the encyclopedia (remember those?) from an artist who lived long enough ago that the copyright law did not apply to her work.
The only shading is either creative use of the fabric or from the satin stitching around the edge. We projected the image onto a wall where our batting was taped and "rough cut" the pieces. I learned I did not like this method. Later pieces where I projected an image onto the wall, there was poster board or freezer paper to use as templates. That method, for me anyway, worked better. It gave me more accuracy than the method used in this piece.
Bridal tulle and beads are used to give a more opaque look to the bowl.
You can see the selective use of fabrics particularly on the cherries.
Finding enough variation for the green grapes wasn't easy -- one place the paint accents would have helped.
I did like the fabric making the peach look very ripe as well as the marble for the table top. Again, I see places that I may go back and add some paint for shading.
The strawberries needed more variation in the reds and there is definitely a need for more shading on the bowl.
My apologies for the fuzzy image -- must have been a little close for the camera setting. You can see the addition of the beads for the strawberry seeds, though.
So that is the still life. Parts of it I like, and parts need to be improved.
What I learned --
- I was not fond of the technique we used in class -- you can modify techniques to suit the way you like to work
- Fabric can be used to create at least part of the shading
- What you bring to class may not be what you need at all
- Paint and beads and specialty fabrics can do a lot to create the effect you want
- You can always go back and add paint and embellishments, even to a finished piece
What have you learned in one class that made your later pieces better?
Have you noticed that sometimes what you intend to learn in a class is not what you do learn?
Sometimes you learn just watching what the other students are doing with their pieces.
Until next time,