Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Two New Stacks

Stack #6 28x33"
hand dyed cottons, fused, unquilted at the moment

detail of the checkerboard

Stack #7 30x39"
hand dyed cotton, fused, and unquilted at the moment


detail
The color schemes of these last two pieces used be so unusual for me, but they are starting to become more familiar and less strange. I know I was influenced by the colors of Tommy's house, in both of these.
And I have been recently influenced, colorwise, by Frieda too, using her famous love of a sort of limey-olive green.
In these two pieces I went for lower contrast too. The lilac/gold checkerboard section in #6 uses opposites on the color wheel in values that are almost the same. This is new for me. The gold/yellow section is so close in value, that it behaves almost as a solid. The thinking is that it acts as a big swath of one color rather than two. I am going for spare, as if you couldn't tell.
In #7, I unearthed a large panel of fused green scraps, and cut away the one part I liked the best, and used that for the 'starring role' of this piece. Since it was cool, I went for warm next and then back to cool. On my way to Tommy's house I saw a billboard advertising a new housing development and the logo was this:


I liked the small square with the vertical stripes and decided that had to be included. It's a little less treelike in the quilt.

Quiltwise, I am happier than I have been in ages, making quilts like these. Getting a taste of something new in each work, and using up my stash like it should be used. In big chunks. I might have to dye something just for me soon.

But first...I gotta paint.

11 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:40 AM

    Thanks again for sharing

    I love all your work

    Catherine Scotland

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  2. I really like the new direction, Melody. And the color combinations struck me immediately!

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  3. Anonymous10:19 AM

    WOW! #7 is awesome!

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  4. There is a certain calm like being by a lake or ocean in #7. I really like that.

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  5. Oh, I just love that top piece. An unusual color combo that is edgy and wonderful.

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  6. Very Inspiring! I like the spareness.

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  7. Love the contrast between the golds and bluey greens in #7... gorgeous!!

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  8. these are fantastic. I see the cross theme in the first one,and the colors in 7 are subtle and serene. I wonder if your trip to Santa Fe was an influence with these?

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  9. I love them! Sometimes we have to mix it up for ourselves to make life fresh, you know?

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