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