Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Interpreting different artists work is such a fascinating process especially when one is not overly enthusiastic about the artist concerned. (i.e. me with Sheeler's photography and paintings). Initially I found Sheelers work uninteresting and thought that I would find it very difficult to do something with. However I ended up doing 2 pieces and wondered which one I should post. I have decided to post both only because they are very similar but different and for the first time I think that doing a 'series 'would be intriguing.
The piece I chose to interpret is called 'Ballardvale' and was painted in 1946.The lines were interesting and I loved the colours.
The first interpretation I did was pieced . Usually I appliqué but one does need a challenge and the piecing worked well with Sheelers
'Precisionist' style . I kept thinking that some texture would liven the  piece but when the time for quilting came straight lines seemed to be the right option.

With the second piece I thought 'What if'' I turn the chimney stack into a tree and convert the scene from an industrial site into suburbia ?
As you can see I had fun and in the end I think that I like 'Suburbia' better . As you can all see I had great fun but promise that I won't inflict extras on you every time !

11 comments:

  1. I like them both but agree that the second is more entertaining. The tree looks quite devilish! The straight line quilting is definitely very effective and the colours are great!

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  2. I'm glad you posted them both! I like the humour in the second one, but I also like the graphic design in the first.

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  3. I like where this took you. You were truly inspired by an artist and stepped out on a limb for suburbia, love it.

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  4. The creative development from your initial piece to your second is fascinating! Love how you expanded your lines, "roof tops" and the main focus from a spire to a tree! Very imaginative!

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  5. You really kept me in suspense cause Patricia let on you had done two. Love them both but if I had to choose I also would go for the tree. I think it tells more of a story. I am fascinated with how you have played around with 'straight line' quilting to such effect. I wish more quilters would on my side of the world could see what you have done.

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  6. I prefer the second one too. The jagged lines of the tree make it look more interesting.

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  7. I love both of them, but have to agree that the tree is the best of the two. Well done on piecing the first one - very brave, but a magnificent job - I would have taken the line of least resistance and appliqued it! The tree is my favourite and I love your quilting lines. Altogether a wonderful interpretation of his work which should make you very proud.

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  8. Truly 'inspired by the artist' Rosemary!
    I love how you reduced the buildings to the minimum in the first piece then turned your triangles into leaves/shrubbery in the second.

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  9. I should have added that I'm really pleased that you posted both, though the tree is my favourite of the two - it's yours not Scheelers!

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  10. Love them both, but prefer the second as it is your own unique design 'inspired by' Sheeler. The quilting is both pieces is first class. There is definitely something a little sinister about the tree and the houses... All those lines and angles make for an electric mood.
    Hilary

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  11. PS Please carrying on making as many as you like! H

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