Sharon C.

Week 1 – Composition: Balance Strategies

I created two pieces for this week.  My focus may have, however, been influenced by the fact that I have been creating a bunch of digital designs I can print and use in art quilts.  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about art quilts that “totally digital compositions.”    I tried to be as spontaneous as possible when cutting and gluing the pieces I used and glued onto the 14” x 11” sheets of paper.  Although the collages I created were made from paper, they could each be an art quilt by merely printing out the design I used and printing it to fabric.  

Paper collage, “Crooked River Bridge,” 11x14

Paper Collage, “I love sunflowers!"

Patricia W. - Part Two

            In the notes for Exercises: Studying Balance, Jane said,  "When a strategy has several parts, Asymmetry, for example, it would be great to create a simple example for each of the devices we discussed."  We studied the following six devices for creating balance in an Asymmetric picture: Color, Value, Shape/Line, Texture, Position, Eye Direction.

            1: For Color, I made a small square on watercolor paper with Red in the upper right corner and it's complement, Green, filling the rest of the square (using water color paint).

            2: To show Value, which uses 3 different Dynaflow fabric paints (but still on the above paper). The largest area on the right is a mixture of White and Magenta. Then the center curved smallest shape I mixed a bit of black and a drop of the complement of the reddish magenta. The left most area is the hue of Magenta as it came from the container. 

            3: I created Shape/Line by using a Sharpie Fabric Marker on quilting weight cotton. This and the fabric for Texture are used to get used to making quilts on some weight of canvas or heavy cotton. The right side is a spiral shape and the left is simple straight lines in Purple using the marker.

            4: I chose the fabric paint again but on 10 oz fabric to make the Texture sample. The whole square is first painted, then the texture is made with a marker using Xs and Os on the larger part of the square.

          5. The Position example was the most difficult sample for me to make. I made several different arrangements before deciding on the one here that uses rectangles of different sizes and colors.

            6. Eye Direction is a corrected version of what was supposed to be an Eye Direction picture example I previously shared and turned out to be Informal Symmetry. Since this photo is in my previous shared work, we can compare this one where the small yellow-orange rectangle was shifted so it would no longer be in the center. Here it is an example of Eye Direction.

            This exercise was a lot more work than I had thought it would be, partly because I am shifting toward the paints and painting canvas that I eventually want to use in quilts and partly because of the decisions I had to make in creating these examples.

Patricia W.

Lesson One - Exercise 2 (First Part)

        I have created and attached one Simple example of each of the four strategies for generating balance in the picture world. Each photo is numbered to match the particular example.

        My first example shows Symmetrical Balance. It is divided in half down the middle and each side has the same shapes in the same places.  Because it is not a mirror image it could be called an Informal Symmetrical arrangement.

        The large shapes in the second example are all focused toward the small rectangle at the back. This makes a picture of Asymmetrical Balance using Eye Direction to focus attention on the small rectangle at the top.

        I made a large free hand painted spiral as my version of a Radial Balance.  The center of the spiral is in the center of the painting with the spiral radiating out to the edge, giving it characteristics of this form.

        The fourth photo shows my simple version of a Crystallographic Balance. The background is made of painted squares with a Triangle drawn on each of them. The Andy Warhol example in our notes is a more colorful and complicated version.

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