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Thread: Not Happy With My First Art Quilt Attempt

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    Wow! That is great.

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    I am a beginner and I would never even think of doing something like this right now. I know when a quilt is made like a landscape picture, it is according to the artist's eye, not exactly like the picture. This is just my opinion so please take it as such.
    To me, the fence leads your eye into the scene of the small house and then the background is muted behind. There are also some small flowering plants in the foreground. The detail in the foreground needs to be emphasized more than the detail around the house. To me, the tree and the flower pot with flowers in the photograph have places where you can see the house through them, rather than hiding the house. The tree that is to the left of the path and in front of the house, needs to be lighter and perhaps have more spaces where the house shows through. What I am trying to say is that depth is created by having more detail in the front of the picture and less in the middle ground and even less in the background of the picture.
    Please don't take this as negative or critical although I am trying to give you a critique as my art teachers tried to do with me. I still have a tremendous amount to learn about quilting and you are really, really brave to attempt this. It is a beautiful scene and you are really doing well to try to get it on the face of a quilt. Your colors are beautiful and really, you have the general idea with the detil of the grasses in front. I know you can come to love t his quilt. It's the process sometimes, I think, almost like birthing. Let your frustration work for you. It will be a treasure.

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    Well stated, serenitybygrace..........I too remember all that you said was drilled by my art teacher. But when it came down to brass tacks, I just never seemed to grasp the image on canvas. Lucky for me, quilting is not like oils but the perspectives are the same. Yes, creating holes within the tree branches in front of church will give depth, anything to not have smooth edges. I tried a landscape a few times and I have it in my UFO drawer right now. Perhaps seeing this quilt scene progress will get me to take it out once again.

    About the only thing I would like to offer is, catrancher, can you raise the church steeple above the mountain top so it is prevalent to the Heavens?

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    I am a beginner and I would not even try to make a landscape quilt. You are doing very well. I will give you my opinion, and please take it as such, not criticism or anything negative.
    To me, in making anythhing, writing a paper, drawing a picture or making a quilt, sometimes, I reach a frustration stage. That is what I am hearing from you. If I can recognize my frustration stage and let it work for me, I ususlly come out with a better product and feel absolutely wonderful about the product in the end...like it just fits.
    In pictures of a scene, the most detail goes in the front and then less in the middle ground and even less in the background. I get it that the house is really your focal point. The fence and the detail--some of the little flowering plants in the foreground lead your eye back. You have the idea with the detailed grass. There just needs a little more. Also, the trees and flowerpot on this side of the house need to be downplayed some..like perhaps making them a lighter color and make openings where the house shows through. The large tree to the left of the path also needs some downplay..a lighter color or making more openings where the house shows through. I like that tree there because it covers a large expanse of rock wall of the house that would be boring without it. Maybe you could just tweek it a bit. I notice that some of the small plants in the foreground have red or pink flowers that are small but those dots of red/pink also lead your eye back to the large flowerpot on the rock wall because it also has some red/pink in it.
    These are just some of the things I see. I know you will work this out. I think you are just in the frustration stage and that is a creative stage. Keep looking at your photograph and at your quilt and try to tweek the picture on your quilt one way or another. You are going to love, love, love this quilt. Push through your frustration and make changes. I can hardly wait to see it finished. It is going to be absolutely wonderful and what a precious keepsake from your trip! Thank you for sharing and being open for other's opinions.
    I am so sorry, I didn't mean to get on here twice. I thought the first one was lost.

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    Since you asked I think the hill in the background is a little too light. But you can darken it a bit with thread when you quilt it. Otherwise it looks great. Are you adding the rail fence?

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    Nothing wrong w/ yours. Looks great!!!

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    I think you are doing a great job!! I understand your feeling though, you envisiond something that looks exactly like the picture; you are going out of your comfort zone..but don't feel like that!! It is beautiful!! You should be proud!!

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    I am CERTAINLY no expert but the house seems to be hanging out there -- if you look at the photo, there is some green behind the house to the left. I also think the white mountain is too white.

    Nonetheless, it is a great picture! My suggestions are merely trying to match the photograph! I do think I would put it away for a few days and let your "new eye" look at it!

    Can I come and learn from you??

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    Wow I would love to do so well...It is wonderful

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    That is great, love it.

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    You have inspired me !!!!! I'm an artist first and then a biginna quilter...I have been wanting to do a wall art hanging for 2 yrs..I have collected tons of landscaping fabric....but just haven 't tried....I guess i'm afraid I will fail !!!...your's is great ...I was in an art class once that 8 of us had to paint the same thing....very interesting...all 8 were totally different BUT the same thing....please keep posting photos as you are working on it...I'm so inspired now...THANKS

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    It's a pretty quilt picture. I took a thread painting class - have yoy? Perhaps you can use a thread painting technique on it to make the "picture" more dimentional. I think it's pretty, though and you are inspiring me to get more creative. Thanks for sharing.

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    omg you got to be kidding this is out of this world no way in green aces would I ever get this great

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    I think it is great...and I'm not an artist, but I think you might try for more shading...especially in the trees and grasses, trying some lighter and/or darker hues for the shading of the colors. I think that might make a big difference. And, I agree with some of the other suggestions that have been given. Love it...I wouldn't even attempt it. :)

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    What a lot of your work has gone into this quilt. I have never made an art quilt. I have done pen and ink. I think that maybe the use of a speckled fabric for the house would suggest a stone exterior rather than the blocks. Also maybe a light rust stripe to mimic the tiled roof. I would skip the flower vase and instead use flowers topping the stone wall. What a big mouth I have. What ever you choose I think it will be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    I'm taking a class from Quilt University--no complaints about the class so far. I'm just not very happy with the quilt I'm making. What do you think is wrong with this? Are my fabrics too busy? Something else? Am I putting in too much? Not enough? I'm thinking it will improve when I add thread embellishment to define some things, but will it improve enough that I'll be happy with it?

    I'm giving you a picture of the image I'm working from--a little stone house I saw while traveling in Italy--followed by my so-called quilt interpretation.

    I've never considered myself very artistic, and I'm feeling pretty discouraged by this. I'm only about 1/3 finished with it, obviously. Any constructive feedback would be appreciated.
    I love you landscape! ...IJMHO said with kindness: Some of the things I would do is: leave the mountains alone, move the green tree to the left on the other side of the walk and maybe closer to the front of the picture to draw you to the end of the path; add more stones to the church when the green tree is moved. Next, I would tone down the red tree and maybe make it a smaller as well. My eyes are drawn to the greenness of the tree and the red bush. They seen to be competing with the church which I think was meant for your focus of the landscape. I think you have done a fabulous job as I remember my first landscape was a labor of love and took a lot of tweaking til I got it the way I wanted it. It is also my avatar...
    Again, kindly submitted...

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    If it were mine I would consider maybe tea staining or something when it is done to mute it. that is what I liked about the picture - everything is muted and moody. Virg

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    are U kidding me are you fishing :P It looks great, the only thing I would change is the white mountain in the back and make it green but saying that it just me and how i work...who are you taking the class with...Keep going and don't look back....it's wonderful.... :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltyfeelings
    I think it's beautiful. maybe you just need to put it aside for awhile and work on something else. perhaps this project has muddled your mind ;) taking a break will probably help you get your PROPER! perspective back. Again, it is amazing. Great job!
    This is very good advice. I'm thinking of starting over with a less complicated image. I have just the one in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltyfeelings
    I think it's beautiful. maybe you just need to put it aside for awhile and work on something else. perhaps this project has muddled your mind ;) taking a break will probably help you get your PROPER! perspective back. Again, it is amazing. Great job!
    This is very good advice. I'm thinking of starting over with a less complicated image. I have just the one in mind.
    Oh, don't start over! Everyone will always have their point of view. You know what you have in mind as the artist of the landscape!! Keep going!

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    It's lovely, and I really love the original photo too.

    I think the red pot draws your eye immediately, instead of blending in like it does in the photo, and the grass in front has a little too much texture.

    Your mountains are perfect and you did a wonderful job on the building itself.

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    I love it, but think the flowers (purple and white) are too big...just bring them forward in the pic and do the rail fence and it will be perfect. Can I have it??? LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltyfeelings
    I think it's beautiful. maybe you just need to put it aside for awhile and work on something else. perhaps this project has muddled your mind ;) taking a break will probably help you get your PROPER! perspective back. Again, it is amazing. Great job!
    This is very good advice. I'm thinking of starting over with a less complicated image. I have just the one in mind.
    Don't start over...you will be amazed :shock: at what thread painting can do to a picture!!! Also, Leah Day uses paint sticks on her quilts that really change the look. Play with it and have fun!!! We all want to see the end product cuz it's gonna be wowzer!!!!!

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    Maybe someone has said this already - I didn't read all 15 pages of replies! - but what I noticed is that the closest mountain behind the house continues to the left side of the house in the photo, but not in your quilt, and maybe this is what doesn't feel right to you? Just a thought...

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    I think that this is fabulous; if I had to change one thing it would be to soften the white in the house, maybe make it more gray. I could never do what you've done; it's beautiful!

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