Saturday, 30 November 2019

BLUE CRANE

Initially my thoughts were great, when I read who Allison had given us for this last challenge in the series. The bold, rich colours should suit those of use who live south of the equator. As the months, weeks and days past me by, I realized this was taking me into a colour palette that I was not too comfortable with, but, as you are told growing up and developing in the creative field, don't limit yourself by staying in your comfort zone!

Living in a household which has a love of birds and as Derric tends to hide a little white heron somewhere in his landscapes /animal pics I decided to use one of his landscapes as a painted whole cloth and then brought in our national bird, the blue crane, in silhouette  form.  

This was his landscape.


...... and this is the result.

Painted whole cloth and Machine embroidered/quilted.  This was not what my initial vision was and I found myself moving in a very different route with a very different result.  The large ratio of bold orange is definitely a first for me and overall I am quite pleased with the result. The binding  stumped me initially and then I remembered my small stash of local schwe schwe fabric and found two perfect options.

9 comments:

  1. I feel slightly guilty that I hadn't noticed the white heron at all - I just absorbed his colours, and worked from there. I love your piece, with the colours and the blue crane such a good contrast to each other.

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  2. I love the way you have used the colours our artist enjoys using and the blue crane was inspired being our national bird and using it in silhouette. You have definitely captured his colour palette. so well done on a lovely piece of work. Love the way you have quilted the sky and water.

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  3. The silhouettes against the background of van Rensburg's favourite colours has been beautifully done Phil . How you even thought of schwe schwe fabric for the binding amazes me - and it works !!
    Well done as this binding adds a lot to the end result .

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  4. I'm impressed with your painting Phil. And it's a great composition. Beautifully quilted too! And I didn't realize about the heron. I'll have to look more closely.

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  5. I love the juxtaposition of the cranes onto the interpretation of the artists painting. I too had missed the significance of the herons.

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  6. The painted silhouettes against the bright colours are really effective, and the schwe schwe fabrics are perfect for the binding.

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  7. Super. Perfect colouring and composition. And the binding choices - yay! Hilary

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  8. What vibrant joy you have captured in this piece Phil. Congratulations on embracing it all, especially as its not what you are comfortable with. I love it.

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  9. Stunning piece Phil. You always 'think outside the box' by making your work very African! The quilting is amazing too - love it.

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