Four Ruth B. McDowell Landscape Studies Complete
My set of four Ruth B. McDowell landscapes are now complete. My goal was to work fast, limit self-editing and procrastination and just do it, as Nike says. I’m sure I could have hemmed and hawed for days on fabric selection and placement until I quit in frustration and/or fear of failure. I’m glad that I approached the study the way I did. While my landscapes aren’t perfect, they actually got done (see yesterday’s post).
I think it takes at least three tries to really become comfortable with a new concept in design or a new quilt making technique. My next task will be to create my own design and apply what I have learned.
Analysis. In the two top landscapes, the lines behind the trees are continuous. In other words, if you removed the trees, the lines of each element would flow smoothly into each other. In the bottom two landscapes, the image is “fractured,” so if you removed the trees, the lines of each element would not meet – they are jagged. The theory is that with the “fractured” elements behind the trees your eyes focus the trees and in the “continuous line” landscape, your eyes travel deeper into the picture.
In two of the landscapes (one top and one bottom) I varied the fabrics behind the trees, and in the opposite two landscapes I kept the fabrics behind the trees consistent. This allowed me to experiment with a great variety of fabrics to learn how they would “read” as part of the overall design. I also hoped to find that the landscapes with the most variety of fabrics would create the most interesting view – but I’m not sure if that’s actually true.
What do you think? What would you have done differently? What surprises you? What do you not like? What excites you? (You may click the picture for a larger view.)