Monday, April 25, 2011

Contemplating, Cogitating, Considering, Pondering - Crystal Clear

This is a work I started a few years ago.

This is a closeup which allows you to see the detail better. Click on the photo and it will become larger so you can see it more clearly. I left it larger than normal.

I painted the fabric in layers, not knowing what would happen to the lower layers.
I cut out and layered the serendipitous shapes and hand stitched them to a base.

The last hand stitch has been taken and now it is time to reflect on what has happened to this point and decide where to go from here with the quilting.

1. Hand or machine?

2. Maybe this doesn't even need quilting? Maybe it is done? Is that what it is telling me?

3. Should I stop now?

4. Should I finish it with a facing to give it a soft edge?

5. Will quilting take away from what is already there?

As I type away these thoughts come into my head. Thanks for being there so I can talk to you and think and ponder.

6. Should I mount it on stretcher frames?

7. Should I finish the edge with a soft facing and then attach it to a painted stretcher frame by stitching it to the canvas?

8. Should I add a picture frame frame to the canvas?

Yes, there are a lot of options available and I believe that is why it is still a work in progress.

It needed this time and I needed this time to decide the best way to finish it.

While I still am not sure what I will do with it, I am beginning to get a clearer picture.

That picture seems to be ruling out quilting - both hand and machine and even irregular tacking stitches visible on the top.

It also is pointing in the direction of mounting on a painted canvas.

I am so hoping there is a canvas size available that this will create a perfect marriage with as far as proportion.

So there you have it - these are my current thoughts. This is how my mind works and the thought process I use to make decisions.

If you know me well, you also know tomorrow I may change my ideas and come up with a newer and hopefully better solution to this dilemma!


Lisa said...

Is the hand stitching done? What if you filled in more space with various stitches... french knots, rice stitching, running stitches, etc.?

Hehe. I wouldn't normally comment on something like this because I'm such an amateur, but I'm "going out on a limb" here :-D

Eva said...

I guess it is done. It might be easy to burden the playful, spontaneous nature of the piece; that would be a loss, I guess. The colours are irresistible.

Marti said...

If you are like me, you have to look at a long time, then turn it around and look some more. I really like it now, but I'm no use in making decisions.

Evie said...

If it is a painting, it could well be finished but are the stitches already there, causing confusion? As a stitched piece I can see it needing more stitching both in blended colours and highlighting shades. More stitching will add texture and it will change from what it is now. Take a paper copy of it and start drawing stitching on that. When you did it a few years ago what was your thoughts then and why have they changed (or not)?
I find it incredibly difficult to revisit a piece and normally end up following my gut instinct!