Among the examples looked at were: Peter Diog ( above) , the colours giving an unsettling feeling; and Chagall's use of colour , pattern , composition with focal point and leading round the picture.
There was then a demo with mixing colours in 3 tones and then using them randomly ( with some interesting results
I didn't do that exercise however (though I might have a go at home) as after various sketches and studies of boats ( above is the study on a piece of old quilt which I did last week ) , I've finally settled on working with mussels.
Using one of the sections of gessoed old quilt I did earlier in the week, I sketched out a mussel - the quilt patterns are a bit overwhelming at the moment, it needs more work . So in the meantime , I did a quick study on an A3 canvas. This also requires more work as it's a bit too realistic for my taste. Bearing the 'symbolic colour' flavour of the session, I did some playing around in Photoshop ( version at the top of this post) which shows some potential.
And after a weekend at the inspiring West Country Quilt and Textile show in Bristol, with such a positive response to my indigo shibori ' Voice of the Waters' ( which I wasn't quite sure about) , I've been dreaming about how I might use indigo ripples to construct mussels. I haven't quite worked out yet how I'd piece them.