Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Klee goes Down UNder

My inspiration piece was Klee's 'Moonlight' piece, as I loved the colours and composition.


I was already working on a design based on the Sydney Opera house, and wondered how Klee might have depicted this had he ever had the chance to see it.  I used an embellisher to recreate the feel of crayons on paper, which was reasonably successful, but I wish I had allowed myself more time to work on the design.  I feel I could have improved the layout of the piece, rather than working in an improvisational way as I had chosen to do.



14 comments:

  1. Your use of the embellisher has created the perfect mottled texture in the background, Linda! Beautiful colours too. Did you make a conscious decision to forego the deep darks of the painting?

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    1. The technique I used, putting the contrast fabric on the back them using the embellisher from the back, would not create dark patches. I felt they were lacking, so tried adding some darker pieces in the front, but the embellisher twisted them out if the vertical which I find annoying. I think more dark patches would detract from the opera house, rather than adding anything.

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  2. The textured effect you've achieved is amazing.
    I keep looking at the diagonals in the two pieces and how differently they interact with the surrounding shapes.

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  3. Clever effect with the embellisher, I wish I could see this up close. I like the inclusion of the opera house.

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  4. I really like your interpretation - indeed how would Klee himself have painted this. Your lines flow in a similar direction and your colours blend beautifully. I think all our pieces have to be studied quite closely this time around as all our interpretations are so different, but so wonderfully thought out. So very interesting, thoughtful and creative.

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  5. I like the movement created by the darker pieces you say were skewed by the embellisher. They lend themselves to the curving Opera house rather than being a stark contrast.

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  6. Inspired choice of an embellisher to create the crayoned look! Skewed pieces add to the piece so don't worry. I like your interpretation and think Klee would approve. H

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  7. I agree that you have the right textured look through using the embellisher. Nice variation on his piece.

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  8. I am ignorant regarding embellishing machines and what they do but having seen your piece I think the effect is great . You have managed to get a very good moonlight feel to the piece . An unusual choice to depict the Sydney Opera House but very successfully done . Klee would have approved !

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  9. I agree the embellisher certainly has given that 'crayoned' look. Love what you have done and interestingly you have gone the other way and muted your colours albeit it could not be helped.

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  10. I agree the embellisher certainly has given that 'crayoned' look. Love what you have done and interestingly you have gone the other way and muted your colours albeit it could not be helped.

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  11. Love your effect with the embellisher. Could you describe the technique?

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  12. The technique is simple a matter of placing coloured fabric on the back of the blue fabric to form the image of the opera house. The embellisher is then used from the back, thereby pushing little threads of the colours through the blue to the front, so you get a hazy image. The darker rectangles were black organza placed on top of the blue, but then again embellished from the back. All the barbed needles on the embellisher do is to tangle the threads of the two fabrics under the needles, but the top fabric is always pushed through to the back so you get different effects on either side of the work.

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  13. I like the hazy effect that the embellisher gives

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