Saturday, January 16, 2010
After a long, long incubation period...
Some years ago (3, maybe? 4?), I took a 3-day class from Jane Sassaman, and the fuchsias above are what resulted. I liked it a lot as far as it went, but I didn't know where to go with it from there. At the time, I think, I planned to crop it way down, so that those upper leaves would be cut off and maybe even part of the fuchsia on the right. So, I stalled. I liked it enough that I didn't want to finish it just to finish it, and it seemed like a good idea to let the ideas percolate.
Over those years, I'd take it out of the closet and hang it on my design wall and contemplate it, with the goal of finally getting it done. At one of those times, I remembered that I'd chosen fuchsias to begin with because they remind me of my grandmother. She had hanging baskets of them on her patio, and as a kid I was fascinated by their little balloon-like buds and how they look like tiny graceful dancers. And somewhere along the way, I thought about incorporating some sense of lattice to the background, because I remember looking up at the fuchsias against the lattice patio cover.
Well, after all that time, something hit me a few weeks ago and I've been working away on this. Finally! How satisfying to get this piece back out and to make progress on it! I was looking at quilt blocks, and found an old traditional block called "Grandmother's Choice." How appropriate, eh? I tried to piece them in a way that creates a lattice pattern, and I've attached the fuchsias and leaves to that frame.
I'm still not satisfied with the lower right corner -- where the dark teal background creates a sharp vertical line against the blocks... I've tried drawing in a bit of the block to fill in, but it doesn't overcome the heavy line. I may end up fusing/appliqueing some parts of blocks to have them sort of fade into the background. We'll see.
But I'm liking where this is going so far. (BTW, it's hanging kind of wonkily on my wall but it is actually straight. Or it will be.)