I started with a different inspirational photo, because I can't get the notion of a sunset out of my mind:Given all that's going on this month -- including assorted deadlines, sewing machine repair, and leaving for the SAQA Conference in Portland on the 29th -- I thought I'd try killing 2 birds with one stone.
A bit of back story:
In 2013 I made my first "miniature" -- a 5" x 7" piece matted to 8" x 10" for a benefit auction at the SAQA 2013 Conference in Santa Fe. I discovered I really liked making these tiny pieces, and since then have finished several dozen. Many have sold and I have about 2 dozen out in 3 small Central Alberta galleries.
One of those galleries recently sold 3 and wants replacements. I promised the owner, "after Easter". Here it is...A.E....and they're more than past due!
I decided to take my selected colour palette for this month to make a couple of the minis.
|Sunset...somewhere in Mirror, Alberta, Canada|
Then I laid out a background...and tried on a couple of alternatives (because, remember, I have to make more than one mini for the shop in question)...
|Sample #1 for "Sunset by the Slough"...|
Remember the fence?
|Sample #2 for "Sunset by the Slough"...|
|Red Shed (C) 2013 (sold)|
I closed by admitting to Elizabeth that taking a scene like "Red Shed" and tweaking the colours so they admittedly border on the unrealistic was definitely outside my Comfort Zone.
Reading my friend elle's guest blog post today over on "And Then We Set It on Fire", I know in my gut that there's a larger piece -- in that 'wilder' palette, in a very abstract form -- just clamouring to be created.
Now that I've hived off enough fabric for those minis, maybe I'll see what I can do...
But first a walk, some knitting, and a cuppa while visiting the others joining me over at Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday. See you there?