Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Coloring Inside the Lines

Here we see some of the colors being added to the pattern I posted yesterday.  The orange to red piece in the lower left corner is extending past the gear so that I have some material with which to bind the quilt when I am done.

And here I've finished the upper left hand corner.  Do you see how differently you relate to this once it's no longer a line drawing?  You're soaking up the color and the shapes, aren't you?  I know I am.

Ursula left a comment on yesterday's post asking about color choice and how do I do that?  I guess when I approach a quilt, either I'm thinking of a very limited color scheme, or I'm thinking in terms of warm colors vs. cool colors or light vs. dark.  

In this quilt, it's about warm vs. cool and light vs. dark.  I knew I wanted to have red at the center of the quilt, and actually it's a red orange I've used as the background of the dark blue gear.  I think as I'm building this up, I'm looking for the color that would contrast the most with the back ground and the colors surrounding, but I don't want to be too repetitive. 

 And now that I have this much of it built up, the high color contrast is a little kiddish or whimsical, and I think I'd better add some brown to tone it down.  And I think I would also like to see this pattern made with a more limited color scheme, too.  

By that I mean: all cool colors, or all blue, or maybe red, black and white.  We all have our favorites, and we see them all the time.  Primary colors would also work, but then it would look like an Ikea quilt.  And then once I've chosen a limited color scheme, say all blue, I would do something to break it a little: like add a little orange (blue's complement) or something to just add a bit of interest and show that I was playing and not being so strict.  I like kiddish and whimsical, I think it's important to give your viewers the distinct impression that you had fun making a piece.  But I also want to be taken seriously.  Adding in the neutrals or earth tones can do that.

Hope that answers your question, Ursula.

And here's what I woke up to as I was having my first potty break of the day yesterday morning:

This is a storage cabinet in my bathroom with colored, transparent drawers. I sit facing it. It made me laff, so I had to share it.


Ursula said...

Thank you!!! I'm making a folder for you lessons. Your explanation is very clear. You are a very good teacher.
Looking forward for more. :):)

Patricia said...

Great work.