Friday, May 13, 2016

Late Afternoon Sun Lake Champlain

There is a blog hop this week at tweety loves quilting called Art with Fabric and since that is what I do, of course I wanted in. She asks we pick a favorite "traditional artist" 
(by "traditional" I mean anything that a non-quilter will label as art, like paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture from all countries and all time periods) and make an art quilt inspired by that artist.

My all time favorite landscape artist is Lawren Harris of the Canadian group of Seven - his use of light and shadow is a beautiful thing to behold. He also does landscapes of woods and lakes which are both near and dear to my heart. 


This is the inspiration photo called Afternoon Sun, North Shore Lake Superior.
It was pained in 1924.


And this is mine called Late Afternoon Sun, Lake Champlain South End.
In the master's piece I am drawn to the way he has the light coming in from left and illuminating
the rocks and other elements.
 I had a hell of a time trying to get the light right. I used fabric paint and you can see above, first it was to light, then I added more, then more, then some purple, then more white. With paint I like to go gradual because you really can't erase it.

My first instinct was to have the light continue over the mountains on the left side like a wash but luckily didn't get to far before I realized it didn't look right. Then looking at Lawren's (yes, we are on a first name basis now) painting, his light on the islands and land masses is on the right. Sort of a reflection of sorts. I used to much paint and inktense pencil's on the land masses on the right because it started to get all bubbly but I was able to iron it out. Thread painting trees on them also helped.

I do love how these dead trees came out. What a difference just a little bit of shading with my beloved Inktense pencils makes!

check out the other art quilters today that are participating in the blog hop
Friday, May 13th, 2016

20 comments:

  1. Awesome....but then again....I love everything you do!!

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  2. I was not familiar with Lawren Harris. The inspiration piece is stunning -- I'll have to look him up. Your interpretation is gorgeous!

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  3. ohhh since I live on Lake Erie - this strikes close to home! My sister lives on Lake Champlain too - in Westport, NY. Your piece came out great and I'm so glad you introduced us to Harris.

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  4. Awesome landscape artwork. It's beautiful!

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  5. Just loved reading your process. And that photo is definitely inspirational!

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  6. I love both the original and your interpretation, I think yours turned out sunnier - like the same scene at noon and the original in early morning or at sunset))

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  7. Beautiful colors!!! Love the finished product and yes it is amazing what shading does to those trees, very nice!

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  8. Beautiful colors!!! Love the finished product and yes it is amazing what shading does to those trees, very nice!

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  9. Love to read your process and see the result. The colors and the paying with light is amazing!!

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  10. Great use of paint to get the quilt to have the right shading!

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  11. It turned out lovely! I love your use of color and paints! And the dead tree adds a wonderful sense of depth.

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  12. Really lovely! I think you did a great job getting the right amount of shadows and light! Thanks for the inspiration and for joining the hop!!

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  13. I, too, was impressed how much your Intense sticks added. I've really enjoyed watching the whole process, though, so thank you for all you've shared.

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  14. Wow, really marvelous. I like how you used his painting as inspiration, but yours is quite different.

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  15. I'm a huge fan of Harris. I love the way you interpreted his work within your own. And those finished trees are awesome!

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  16. Amazing. No bad noses here! i need to get comfortable with those pencils as well......one day.

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