Thursday, January 24, 2013

a collision...

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!


Karen B. said...

Sweet Jillayne,
your photos are amazing. I once drove that journey too~ years ago and it is so beautiful!
I can only imagen how beautiful your quilt is going to be looking at all the wonderful fabrics you will be using. I can't wait to see your creation when it is done.

many hugs
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

The French Bear said...

Beautiful...I love the colors and your design!!!

Dorthe said...

Dear Gillayne,
So many thoughts,and so much preparation, I love all your beautiful photoes and materials.
This is short ,as I`m totally down with the coughing bug- and not feeling very well. But wish you a wonderful weekend.

Createology said...

Oh dear I see tiny fireflies lighting her path instead of the lamppost...wait I am not designing this and I need to be still. Your Frost Queen in her forest will be so stunning! How wondrous to see your pallet and envision your project direct from nature and your drive. Beautiful fabrics. I await the arrival of your Frost Queen...
Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts.

Marj Talbot said...

Great sketch - love the fabrics and the design. I personally like the tree beside the stream - just saying...... Thanks for sharing this project - waiting anxiously for photos of the work in progress.

Suztats said...

Wow! Bring on the Snow Queen and her palace of ice!( I had thought of a globe filled with fire flies instead of the street light! Too many fairy tales lately, perhaps. lol)
I love your fabrics and I can't wait to see this all come to life!

Becca said...

Love the snow photos...this is going to be lovely! You are so great at matching fabrics...I have a difficult time with that especially when I'm in a fabric store! Love the blues and copper together.

Mosaic Magpie said...

The fabric choices are WOW SUPER FANTASTICAL!!!! I can't wait to see this come together. Will she be an actual doll attached to the quilt or appliqued on? The stars reflecting in the stream are a great way to draw the eye around the quilt. I like the firefly ideas too.

Alisa Noble said...

Oh, those colors... those textures... I just drooled a little.

Love watching your process.

karen said...

your scenery is stunning!!! I am happy to see the queen evolving...your cloth is beautiful and your sketches are so charming.

Anonymous said...

This post makes me want to come home so I can see the mountains again for myself! Always fun in Spring though too :)

Can't wait to see how this piece of art unfolds.. if it's anything like the swan quilt, it will be a stunner!!