Tuesday, 31 May 2016

At Sea

At Sea I was for a while as I had changed my idea of what to do and found it very hard to come up with something that I was happy with .  Why does Inspiration always ride on the coattails of Procrastination!! 

Before this started I didn't know much about Klee, but now I know his work better and more fully enjoy it's complexity.  So thank you for choosing him - it was a lot of fun to work with.

I came up with the idea of using Ad Parnassum and using a "sea" theme background fairly quickly.  One of my daughters was sailing across the Pacific (she works for Jubilee Sailing Trust which has 2 tall ships and is equipped to handle all sorts of disabilities) and was at sea for almost 3 months.  They landed at a few islands that were quite mountainous and so I had a sense that I wanted to put something about that in too.  Of course the sunrises and sunsets could be quite glorious. 


So this is what I finally finished (an hour ago!!) and I am reasonably pleased with it.  It helped when my husband recognised that these were jib sails.  The background squares are covered in dyed cheesecloth.  It was my way of replicating Klee's tiny grid. 

Coincidentally this also was a good piece (one of two) that I am using for my Elizabeth Barton masterclass whose theme for May was layers. 


Below was my first attempt - just thought I'd show you how I had moved on! 



10 comments:

  1. Your background is gorgeous, Dianne. The cheesecloth "veils" the grid, just as Klee's grid was veiled with the painted white dots.

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  2. Really like this piece, Dianne. You definitely moved on and came up with a piece that has the essence of Klee in a personal interpretation - and isn't that what we were setting out to do? H

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  3. I really liked the way you pieced the background and then added texture with the cheesecloth. It was very effective and captured the feeling of the painting wonderfully.

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  4. First off I love your colours and also the way you have interpreted Klee's lines in your piece. Your background looks great and fits into your interpretation beautifully. A really lovely way of marrying Klee's work, lines and your daughter's trip. Great.

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  5. Love most things about this, the colour, the shapes and the quilting lines.

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  6. You really had me going there. I tend to look at the pics and then read the narration. Clever use of the cheesecloth. The 'submitted' one definately has more impact. Love it.

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  7. You really had me going there. I tend to look at the pics and then read the narration. Clever use of the cheesecloth. The 'submitted' one definately has more impact. Love it.

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  8. I really liked your first piece. Good vision to keep going with it to achieve a great result.

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  9. Just the right amount of veil to your colours on the grid have made some perfect backgrounds to play with. I like your interpretations and the simplicity of the shapes. Two wonderful pieces.

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  10. I really like the colours and the way the squares are veiled with the cheesecloth. The second one is definitely a more pleasing design than the first one.

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