Monday, January 02, 2012

What's Wrong Here?

Here's another quilt in need of design therapy. It measures about 14" wide by 12" high and was created during my artist in residence time at Art Quilt Tahoe. It's time to add the batting and hand stitch the design. But there is something wrong here.

How would you fix it? Can you guess what it needs? I'll show you my solution tomorrow for the first 2012 episode of How to Tuesdays. Each Tuesday in 2012, I'd like to give you free tutorials on creating fused art quilts and other practical but useless advice. You've been warned!

19 comments:

Sequana said...

I'll take the first crack at it. No focal point??

Josie McRazie said...

birds in the sky and fish in whe water!

Gene Black said...

I am with Sequana -it needs a focal point - something with a heartbeat as my old art teacher used to say.

Nancy said...

Does it need a critter of some sort... say birds?

Margaret said...

It's definitely lacking...life! It needs something moving (bird(s)? butterflies? snake-in-the-grass?) to give it personality. And yes, some hand stitch in a 'pop' of colour. :-)

Nancy said...

It needs either a crane in the air or big puppy dog face peering out, eyes wide and ears alert showing and the rest concealed by the landscape.

yarngoddess said...

It needs a tree growing out of the foreground by the rocks with branches reaching up into the sky.

Janelle said...

I agree it needs a focal point and some more movement. This is just a scene waiting to come to life.

eily62 said...

I think it needs some value changes. I would also agree about a focal point but the stitching always adds a lot of interest.

WoolenSails said...

I love that background. I am in the mood to grab some scraps and try a background, not sure if I will fuse or just sew on and do crazy quilting, so will see.

Debbie

Gloria Luz said...

Olhando de frente para este trabalho, que é lindo, falta equilíbrio do lado direito. O lado esquerdo está grande e tem elementos no chão. O lado direito está menor e não tem elemento algum, o que dá a impressão de que o painel pesa mais de um lado do que do outro. Eu colocaria algo do lado direito.
Beijos

saraz said...

This is a beautiful stage backdrop! Now it needs the characters including the leading man/woman/critter.

Dianne said...

Yep - the focal point is missing. It could be that a bird - perhaps an egret - is looking with great delight at a frog or a fish that might just be the perfect lunch!! Better not make the frog or the fish too cute or people may get upset that the little darling could be gobbled up. I'm just saying....

Elaine said...

Yes, like most I agree it needs some life. I'm sure you have a good plan.

Gari said...

I am already learning from you. Today I watched the first of two shows you did with Nancy Z. What was fun was that I was already working on a fused art piece so I was really listening to what you had to say. First lesson: fuse the fabric first. Did that. Second lesson: take the paper off before you cut the individual pieces. Didn't do it but will from now on. ;-)

Sandi said...

Hi Laura,

How about some tracks in the ?snow and moon and stars in the sky...empty space needs a little something.

Betteem said...

The foreground looks like it could be a lake. Maybe decrease the size of it. and if it's a hill, give it a few trees.

Judy said...

Is it because the values are the same?No differentiation between background and foreground?The stones are a focal point, but they are the same shape as the other things in the background.No linking the picture- the eye doesn't know where to go.Seems like the green leads the eye to middle of pic, but then jumps about?
Gosh I'm not a quilter, so I don't really know.

Hanne-Grete Brink said...

The only thing "wrong" is a tiny problem with perspective. The trees on the hills way back there has the same value of colors as those closest to you. Means you just have to play with lighter colors of thread on em;)