About that, she wrote:
Sketch 3 - this is where the artist realizes that there's a better way to portray the movement of the birds..we don't need the technical details of the feeder and we're really not interested in what kinds of birds these are but rather their constant fluttering movements as they approach and feed...furthermore look how she has echoed the curves...the curves of the head, of the wings of the tail and off the feeder - all is harmonious, all pulled together and the whole nicely balanced. The whole meaning is there with great economy and simplicity that is so elegant. Nicely done student 8!! Love it!!! Worth all the thought that went into it.Whoa!
Even before I received this feedback, I had an idea for one way of doing this piece, so this morning I worked it up -- a sample just over 9" square. I began by tracing my original sketch onto a piece of white-on-white cotton. Then I sandwiched it with batting and a cotton backing, and 'thread painted' it, as if I were doing a pen-and-ink drawing:
|At the Feeder (C) 2915|
Approx 9 1/2" square, unfinished
It's a cute wee piece but small (in my usual style)...and I wanted to try it out with a variety of fabrics so I made these two mock-ups:
|At the Feeder 2 (WIP) 2015|
Approx. 18" W x 14" L
|Just the Shapes, M'am! ;-)|
At the Feeder 3 (WIP) 2015
Approx. 13" W x 9" L
Of these two, I actually rather like the top one. It could be the background (self-dyed cotton velveteen) or it could be the fact it's less geometric; I don't really know.
What do you think?
I think I'll link up with Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday...and then go for a jog in the sunshine!