After a lot of cogitating, ' Traces,Places' is the theme I've chosen for CQ Journal Challenge 2017 , hopefully broad enough to encompass interpretations of my surroundings in scraps and old quilts. I have big plans ! and intend to use these as samplers and try-outs for larger pieces , partly working towards Cwilt Cymru's next exhibition ( the theme being 'traces') but also entries for other competitions and exhibitions as well as building up a series of work based on the breakwaters and sea defenses at Birchington.
Postcard textile sketchesIt always takes me a while after I've been doing an art course and been bombarded with ideas and techniques to see what sticks, to see what I can take and use in my own work. There was a lot of useful stuff covered in 'Advanced Painting' particularly in strategies for starting; choice of colour and 'steal like an artist ' looking at others work , pinching ideas and making it your own .
John PiperOne of the lessons was on using Photoshop or similar, not only at the start but to look at your own work differently ( eg reviewing tone, increasing saturation or contrast) and try different scenarios out. As I've been thinking for a while of using the back of an old red and white log cabin ( I love the holey 'marks'!) ,I'd already been playing with images using the 'conte' filter . The images above are manipulated artwork of Paul Nash and John Piper while the image below is one of my photos of Birchington
When CQ Kent group came to visit ( there were 10 of us packed in the lounge!) I gave a very quick demo of the acrylic techniques I used ( summarised in a series of posts I did for 'And then we set it on fire... 'blog). I'd forgotten the delights of painting over old stitching samples ( below)
So I'm currently revising the methods I was using and working on some samples to try painting on ( a lot of stitching from the back of a gessoed section of quilt with Perle thread in the bobbin) . Watch this space!