31 July 2017

New work on the Landscapes


I have a turquoise horizon that is on white cotton and fairly bright


and a foreground that has two colors that somewhat complement.


Ignore the strip at the top. The foreground has the purple and turquoise but that bright chartreuse is really jarring. I used a weak olive dye bath to knock back the foreground on the piece last Wednesday so I thought I'd try a weak blue (mixing blue) dye bath on this foreground and see what would happen. I may seem fearless but I knew if it was terrible I could just make another although I am almost out of the beige linen.


A chuckle here: I came in to the kitchen and was going to wash out this fabric but just in time I remembered I hadn't added soda ash water to the mix. Saved!! I only let it sit about 15 minutes because I didn't want it too dark.



On the ugly ironing board. This came out WAY better than I ever expected. I know you can't see it from this photo but there is some beautiful mottling from the LWI dyeing. And now another conundrum - which horizon , again!!


This is the turquoise horizon which I was thinking of using but wait. I just found another horizon that might work.


This is the lavender horizon VERY washed out by the light from an open door. It is a dark, rainy gloomy day but I did my best.

Another try


Notice that the orientation of the foreground is different with each horizon. The first is horizontal and the last vertical. Which do you think looks best and why?

12 comments:

  1. I like the vertical orientation of your foreground. It leads the eye into the center, a feeling of dirt roads and fields. The horizontal orientation seems more like walls that cut you off from entering the piece.

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    1. Interesting. I have not finished it yet.

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  2. Beth, you are having a very creative summer. I am on the run but do check to see all your creative goodness. Kathy's comment stopped me mid comment. She makes a good point! Decision is all yours. lol

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    1. Yes, it was a good point and similar to Landscape #1 (Horizon with vertical foreground.

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  3. The part of the piece that you said to ignore in photo 2 might be interesting to use. I am not sure the foreground you have been dying and redying goes with the top part of your landscape.

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    1. I'll take another look at it. Thanks for your feedback.

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  4. I like the middle horizon best; the more neutral color appeals to me. That's the best reason I can come up with. I prefer the horizontal foreground. Even though the horizon is horizontally oriented, the "stalks" move vertically. I like the way that contrasts with the horizontal wavy lines. Also, the wavy lines seem just too busy to me in the vertical orientation. Thanks for "listening"!

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  5. Oh...haha...I just re-read...the middle horizon is the washed out one!

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  6. I had to look a few times to decide but I think the vertical lines look best , more like farm fields .I agree with Kathy's comment.

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  7. I also agree with Kathy's comments.

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    1. I am pinning it soon and framing...in that orientation.

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