Thursday, April 06, 2006
Ferns + Feathers Revisited
Several months ago I put this quilted piece up on my blog asking for suggestions as to how to proceed. It looked (and still does) like wallpaper to me and I want to create a dramatic focal point. I had placed various objects, mostly more/larger feathers and ferns, on the top but nothing satisfied me or anyone else, for that matter.
Recently I've brought the piece back out of hiding and have simply allowed it to be at the outer edges of my environment as I am healing from surgery. I love the colors and the quilting in the piece, but it needs a strong focal point, a sense of design and composition... With those things in mind, I decided something colorful like parrots, parakeets, etc. might serve my purposes. After exploring the web for awhile, I came across several photos of Australian Rainbow Lorikeets and decided they would potentially be a very dramatic addition to this work.
Here are some of my preliminary sketches:
I like the flying Lorikeet best - and I like the possiblity of the bird flying off the top of the quilt. I can't imagine how the composition will balance out, at the moment, but at least I'm having fun considering options.