Good morning everyone,
As I sit in my office writing this to you, it's just on daybreak, the sun is just trying to poke through, the chooks have started to cackle, and the Magpies are happily warbling away in the neighbors very large Gum tree that overhangs into our property, and there is a beautiful vase of golden daffodils sitting on a table in my office, with their very happy faces.
It all makes me feel so very appreciative to have so much abundance of nature and beauty surround me.
I spent my weekend "playing" in dirt and mud to some degree, while working out in our front garden where I have totally stripped out a water feature that wasn't working so well these days, and I'm totally revamping this. It is half done and hopefully this coming weekend I'll get the waterfall part of it built. I'm just waiting for some slate pieces to arrive and the liner to go into the pond.
Today's posting is one that I'm bringing back from a previous website that I used to have, and I know that some of you will have already read this, but there are thousands of people who haven't and I feel that it's a good one that gives a little more insight on just how to make colour work for you within your quilt.
Today I would like to give you some insight in how to bring your “quilt” to life with colour to give your beautiful quilt “light”.
As I like to draw, but not as much as I would dearly like to, due to time and other things that I also do in my life. Geoff and I love going to art galleries whenever we get the chance.
There's always lots of inspiration within the walls of an art gallery. If you actually “open your eyes”, you'll be amazed at just what you're really able to see.
My favourite type of painting is the Impressionist’s, with my favourite being Claude Monet. I had read on several occasions that he ALWAYS places “WHITE” somewhere within his paintings, to give him “LIGHT”.
We visited an exhibition in Melbourne, some time ago now,
that was exhibiting some of “Monet’s” many works, which as we all know and recognise, these are incredible pieces of timeless art, and couple of year's ago while visiting Paris, we went to the Musee D’ Orsay, art gallery, where for most of the time we spent there, approx 5 hours, was in the Impressionists area.This was one of my highlights of our trip to Europe, and I would dearly love to go back to this art gallery.
I spent a very long time studying “Monet’s” paintings,
and yes they all appear to have white within them somewhere, and yes this white does bring light into them.
Now, I am no “Claude Monet” by any means,
but when I look at the “quilts” that I've made, I see that I've also added white throughout the biggest majority of my quilts; maybe this was just something that my subconscious already knew!
If you look at my “Through the Garden Gate” quilt ,you'll see that I've added quite a bit of white in the lower part of this quilt, as not only was white the colour that was needed for the particular flowers that I had made, but the bottom definitely needed this extra “light” to bring it alive, as the bottom part of this quilt is very heavy looking.
We can learn a lot from our great artists of times gone by.
It's a shame that they didn't have the quality of paints, brushes, thinners, lights, canvases, etc that we all have today, as they were such great master’s in their time, imagine how much better they would have been in today’s time, as if they needed any improvement!
Most of us are very aware that if you wish to bring a photo up closer
on our computer screens, we just click on the image and roll the mouse in, to see the image closer and in more detail of a particular area. The further you roll your mouse in, the more pixelated, the image becomes. We seem to think that this is a very new and brilliant way to see colours.
While looking at the paintings at the Musee D’Orsay, there are several different artists including Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and of course Claude Monet, who had discovered that colours were strongest when placed point to point, alongside each other, of course creating pixels. This is in the approximate era of the 1880’s.
Georges Seurat had studied this for some time, as he thought of “colour” as a science,
and made precise investigations into this. I quote from a paragraph of writing in a book I have, called “Impressionism, 50 Paintings You Should Know”, page 92…
“Georges Seurat concluded that the brilliance of a painting was the greatest, when pure colours were placed, point by point, alongside each other. He transferred these findings to his paintings”…unquote…
These pictures were painted using tiny, tiny dots and lines….pixels. The image here is a photo that I have taken out of the above mentioned book.
Now if we go back to what I was saying about rolling your mouse in further on your computer,
until the image is no longer recognisable, you'll notice that your image is now starting to pixelate......Bring your mouse in even further, and this is a great way to really see just what colours, that colours are really made from.
Go ahead and give this a try, if you are not already familiar with this technique.
Scan an image of something into your computer, then click on an area with your mouse, and just keep rolling it in until the image is totally pixelated. I find it to be rather amazing. You can easily use this, for working out what colours you need to place within your quilt for a particular effect.
When choosing the colours for my “Through the Garden Gate” quilt, I had used this technique to get the colours just right, particularly the Clematis buds and the part opened flowers.
You'll actually be amazed at just how many colours are within “white”.
I will leave you with the above information here today, to really think about
“How you can add "White & Light" into your quilts”.
I could write about this forever, but I don't want to overload or bore you with too much information. I'm positive that I'll touch on the subject of colour many times throughout my journey of writing to you, as it's such a diverse subject. Please feel free to leave an awesome comment as well, as this is where I'll be able to connect with you all.
Till we chat again,
Find yourself some time to sew and most of all
have the most “amazing” week.
Rose Lewis Quilting