i just realized that you might be thinking of a collision of the car accident variety....
not to worry - all is safe and sound
i meant i had a collision in my head
i have a split personality when it comes to art, as do i think we all
the technician and the "arteest"
the arteest is the dreamer, the one who loves all the colours, all the stitches and runs around saying over and over again "it will be fabulous.... fabulous, dahling...."
the technician gets to figure out how to make it happen
the artist in me has been having all the fun lately, with this "frost queen" project of mine
sketching and beading and painting
cutting out pictures from magazines
scissors and paste...
this past weekend we scooted over to calgary for a quick visit with our children
and all through the mountains i felt like i had stepped into the frost queen's world
frosty, icy; blue, white and brown
snow sparkling like diamonds in the sun
trees frozen in winter's wonder
and a forest of branches, every line and limb clearly visible against the faintest blue of the sky
i was completely inspired as the miles and my brain ticked away
some things we were past before i could line up the camera
the frozen waterfalls
the creek winding back into the forest
but the images are burned into my brain
today began with every intention of letting the "arteest" continue playing in the design ledger...
but the technician stamped her foot and had a hissy fit
stitching and sketching, doodling and painting were all very well and good, and certainly a lot of fun;
a great way to explore an idea and see where it takes you...
but i have put the cart before the horse in this class and i already know where i'm going
and before i go much farther with what i can do when i get there, i had best figure out how i am going to get there in the first place!
so the technician won the day
above is a rough sketch, but with changes already needed
what i do like is the stream, leading back to a frozen waterfall
which i think would be very cool if the icicles resembled some kind of gothic or romanesque type of architecture that could pass as her palace
i love the idea of the trees arching overhead
i think that would have more impact if i switch her and the tree around, putting her next to the water with the trees arching above (note the arrow above her head)
although i like the idea of a lamp post, this one is just roughed in - i'll have to invent something more elaborate as i have time
and i am thinking of a cluster of starry-snowflakes in the upper left corner, balancing off with the water in the lower right
it was always my plan this would be crazy-quilted and hang in my living room when completed
so the next step was to measure the quilt hanging there now so i would know how big this needs to be
and, it's going to be much bigger than i expected!
i'll need to re-think how i will put this baby together...
the technician was bouncing around with glee
|fabrics for the snowy forest floor|
as i have limited fabric choices, and this quilt will be much bigger than i thought, it was time to get serious with the colour palette and the fabrics
so much of what i was planning to use is quite small, which resulted in some major editing and refining
|fabrics for the stream|
organizing them by placement: stream, sky, ground
the water will be icy, snowy and mostly frozen
above are the fabrics for the sky - i think it should be dark, so the frosty tree branches will stand out
with the basic palette chosen and appropriate fabrics selected we're back to making decisions about constructing the foundation
i definitely want the abstract, fractured style of crazy quilting, but this is a large scene with distinct elements and it won't be easy...
the technician is in her element and the arteest is in the corner!