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Not Happy With My First Art Quilt Attempt

Old 05-19-2011, 07:30 AM
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I don't have time to read all the answers, but I want to tell you that your colors are great, your design elements are good.... My only criticism might be that the rocks to the right of the house are too big and too dominant. They take away from the house.

Try laying brown paper strips (or something) to form a fence and see if you feel it makes a positive difference. They say the eye travels that way into a picture. Maybe that's why people miss it.

I love the snowy mountain; wonderful contrast, and it cuddles the house and the rest of the pictures perfectly. The grass is great, the house darling, the path outstanding.

And you say this is your first!!!! Hey Babe, you got talent! Carry on........

From another "art" quilter, AKA "quilting experimenter".
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:55 PM
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I think your interpertation is great. When you ad the Fence and the other tree. I think you'll be happier with your overall concept. Great Photo, Great Quilt.
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Old 05-22-2011, 06:38 PM
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I think you have done a great interpretation. As a former painter, what I see missing is the parts that make it look 3D. A painter calls it shadows. For instance, on the stone wall, if you had a slim white strip on top it would give the fence more demention. The top would be lighter because it would be in the sun more. Pm me if you want more info. It really is pretty. I hope you know this is constructive criticism.
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:21 AM
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What's not to like!!??

I love it. But I can see that if you do not feel the happiest about the result, you might try less contrast between the "value" of the fabrics. For instance, in the photo, the house is not really much different in "tone of color" from the hills. In your picture, which I would be ecstatic to hang anywhere in my house, the contrast is quite noticeable.

You definitely have a good eye for the form and perspective.
The use of color is a personal taste.

And you do well in that area, too!!
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:49 AM
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I think the building is especially wonderful, but I like the whole thing! I am just starting to learn more about depth in scenery using color, as my mother is a painter, & I am looking more for it.
I think the one thing you might like better is if your "mountain" on the left behind the building had a few layers of color: darker right behind the building at the bottom, fading to lighter tones as it rises to the top (& further in distance). Mind you I am not a quilt critic, or a painter, just my mothers art landscape quilts have these aspects to create depth.
Another thing I've seen at quilt shows is where quilters use a layer of tulle over a fabric (black to darken an area, or white tulle to create a highlight); imagine the possibilities of any color as an accent. Of course, some have done fantastic details with thread painting, like highlights of lighter colors to show sun on the tops of trees or even a roof.
Enjoy your creation, it's really well done!
If you think you want to read anything more about landscape quilting, your library may have a book showing how they use these embellishing materials. I personally have not done it yet, just learning about it myself.
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:53 AM
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Oh, I forgot look up Shiva paintsticks too. Many people use these to add tiny highlights right on the fabric edges in little streaks or shadow highlights.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:05 AM
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It looks great to me. I think you're being wayyyy too hard on yourself.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:25 AM
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I only wish I could attempt to do anything like what you have done. your interpretation is great. You can send it to me if you don't care for it.
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:19 AM
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BTW, I saw the Shiva paint-sticks in use on a couple of Fons & Porter shows on TV & on YouTube videos by Nancy's notions, where she shows how to do highlights on landscape quilts. Ok, it turns out Nancy uses Neocolor "wax pastels" instead, but I've seen both used.
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex02NNtixys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=busrDXqna5o She paints a tree on muslin, starts about 3:48 in the video. Love her landscape quilts! Inspiring.

I am NOT sure these would be washable though...so I would ask ahead.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by cabinfever
BTW, I saw the Shiva paint-sticks in use on a couple of Fons & Porter shows on TV & on YouTube videos by Nancy's notions, where she shows how to do highlights on landscape quilts. Ok, it turns out Nancy uses Neocolor "wax pastels" instead, but I've seen both used.
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex02NNtixys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=busrDXqna5o She paints a tree on muslin, starts about 3:48 in the video. Love her landscape quilts! Inspiring.

I am NOT sure these would be washable though...so I would ask ahead.
Thanks! Watched both videos. Very helpful.
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