Friday, January 28, 2011

painted lines

I was always complaining to myself  about how machine stitching gets lost in larger pieces. Heavier thread, contrasting colors - it was never enough for me.


Now that I've committed to using paint to highlight the stitching on this piece, we'll see how much I'm in love with it when it's finished.

I can tell you I find the process messy, tedious and exacting - not what I am feeling at the moment. Just when I was feeling loose, exuberant and ready to fling things finishing this piece is demanding precision and control.

10 comments:

Hellenne Vermillion said...

Funny how you're doing this at the same moment I'm scheduled to do a workshop focusing on lines. I'll be using water based resist on lightly dyed silk and then we'll be painting dye in between the lines. I've made some samples where I stitched on the resist lines. Looks pretty good so far...

jude said...

sure does look good though...

arlee said...

This is so dynamic and rich. I like the rough edge of the arc and the circle that bisects the top----powerful colours and shapes

Jackie said...

The paint really makes it sing.

Jackie said...

Its lovely, very striking .

dióhéj said...

Very cool, creative, beautiful colors.

tiedyejudy said...

It's hard sometimes to follow the discipline needed to achieve the look you have in mind. I spent months a couple years back sewing beads to a piece, then doing more hand stitching to get the look I wanted, but it really made the piece. In your case, I think the results are really stunning, and maybe having a free and loose piece to alternate with this one might get you through the process... hope you keep at it!

doina said...

A very good idea, indeed - although pretty demanding, i'm sure the result will be rich and beautiful. I agree with tiedyejudy, maybe an alternate piece, more on the free wild side, will keep your focus on this one. Keep showing us the progress :)

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

bummer! But it's certainly beautiful!

Phyllis said...

Beautiful colors that flow and add such richness and depth.