Thursday, September 25, 2014

How Do You Design Your Art Pieces?

     What method is an effective method to use to design an art piece? I've tried several approaches and haven't really settled on one hard and fast method.  I think I'll try a new one here. The other day I was watching TV and saw a commercial for eyeglasses. It was a store that sold inexpensive eyeglasses and they were trying to sell the idea that you should have several different styles to suit different moods. The woman opens a drawer and inside are several pairs of glasses. She puts on one pair and says something like, "I am an artiste." She puts on another pair and says something like, "I am a business woman, bring me my pie charts." And on it goes.
     So that gave me the idea to dress up an art background for different moods. I would take photos of each design and see which I liked the best, if any. At least it would be fun and a good exercise in composition.
     Here's the background I have. It's about 12 inches by 12 inches. It's made of monoprinted cottons and one commercial Stonehenge cotton. I sewed the pieces together onto batting.
Background awaiting its alterations
     The next thing I did was to go through my stash of fabrics and fibers and choose colors and textures that would look good as foreground elements. I chose a couple of sheers in turquoise and teal, some silk sari ribbons in gold and gray. And I put on the the black plastic veggie bag not because I'm going to use it, but because the black looks good and I'll use black thread in the sewing somewhere.
With a cardboard viewfinder

OK. Ready to go with the moods. First one is Abstract. I cut up the fabrics and placed them on, took a photo, then (because the cardboard viewfinder is so old and marked up) I used the ArtStudio App to paint white around the edges to cover up the viewfinder.
Naming this "Riding the Thermals"
Next one is Mysterious. It has a piece of hardware on it. If I were to make this one, I might use an image of the hardware and make it look more like a key.
Naming this "Passages"
Next is Calm
Naming this Contemplation 2
Next is Spiritual. If I were to use this, I'd have text written on the prayer flags. And have a much better image of a person sewn on.
Naming this Praying for Peace
Next is Nature. The tree was added digitally. It is from a sketch of a tree from my yard. If I were to use this, I'd free-motion sew the tree on in black thread.
Naming this "Landing"
     In each one, I tried to create a focal point, tried to create a design that kept the eye moving around, tried to create three masses. In the last one, Landing, I only had two masses. I redid it later by adding a third mass under the bird and it looked better. In Riding the Thermals, I may move the frame over to the right so the bird doesn't get cut off because I think the viewer's eye may jump out of the frame otherwise.
     There are two of these that I'm leaning towards, and they are not the monk or prayer flags. As you know, things always look better once they are actually stitched. I'm not the type of blogger that only shows you finished works. I like to show you things in progress and how they are when they aren't so good, too. Hopefully, this piece will get finished and it will come out looking good in the end. It was a fun, and for me, useful design exercise. 
     I'm linking this to Off The Wall Friday where you can find other art quilt blogs. Please make comments to let the artists know you stopped by. Thanks for visiting.





12 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, this made my day!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Vera. This was a very fun post to make for me.

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  2. I enjoyed this post and hearing your thoughts on each piece. I need to try this exercise too.

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    1. It's funny how the TV commercial triggered this.

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  3. Another winning method from you....thanks!!!!

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    1. Whenever I say to my husband, "I have an idea..." He says, "I'm scared." These types of things just pop into my head. I think it comes from being a scientist and designing so many experiments. :)

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  4. Regina, interesting process, thanks for sharing.

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    1. The results surprised me. It made me try things I wouldn't normally do.

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  5. Nice process, I might have to give it a try.

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    1. The thing I liked about it is that it made me try things outside my normal box.

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  6. What an interesting way to work. Thanks for sharing your process. I am partial to the last one with the tree.

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    1. I'm probably going to combine several of them together. Being a small piece, I feel more free to experiment.

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