Monday, July 3, 2017

Why Was I "Left Behind"?

While working in my current series that uses "structure" as my theme I made a piece titled "Left Behind" that was inspired by the photos I had taken at the Burrard Shipyards in North Vancouver. Here's the picture:

 I cropped the photo and made it into grey scale:

For some reason I thought I should incorporate the modern building in the background and make that part of the design. I think it was a mistake, while we can identify it as a component in the photograph, in the quilt it didn't make any sense....

In fact it was turned down from two juried shows.....it was Left Behind.

So yesterday I masked off the "good" areas and painted over the background with a sponge roller. One of the things I like about the effect is the texture created by the quilting, lots of areas of lines and shapes in there. At first I used pure white paint, which seemed a little stark, so I then reapplied a light grey over top to tone it down.


 A much better result, I'm happier with the quilt now and I will try entering it again. Maybe it won't get Left Behind!




7 comments:

knitnkwilt said...

An amazing transformation and a good reminder to eliminate details from photo inspirations. But you might never have gotten the great line design from quilting if you hadn't started out with the piecing as base.

Valerie Wilson said...

I love the remake of this quilt!

Karrie Phelps said...

Very grave of you to paint over a finished piec. Your efforts paid off in spades. There is much more focus on the skeletal building. Bravo

queenopearls said...

Wow, if YOU didn't like it then more power to you. If you liked it before altering it, then I'm sorry you did this.
~ Christina in FL

Jaynie Himsl said...

What a good idea and fantastic results. The focus bldg stands out more now.

Chris said...

Great results! Interesting Elizabeth Barton recently blogged ( I think my memory is accurate) that she had not sold any of her industrial landscape quilts, but I am sure they were juried into shows!!

Anonymous said...

That's gorgeous Susan! It actually appears like you used discharge paste on a darker background. Great use of paint to tone it down. The muted white with a hint of texture is the perfect background. Well done!