Monday, November 29, 2010

The same piece of road and 365 photographs

The same piece of motorway, and the fact that I'm determined to take a photo and blog it on my page 365 days in this blog, is forcing creativity out of me in unexpected ways!

For a couple of days I've been looking at a stretch where I'm in an on ramp queue for about 10 minutes.  This stretch has what I would describe as handrails that turn inwards to prevent any car from driving up over the edge in an accident.  There is a small piece - I'll have to try and snap it one night - were the "handrails" from two different motorways sit close to each other. 

Today it looked like a quilting pattern to me.

Why is it than when you finally see something, there are only seconds to capture it before the traffic moves again?

You may see the negative space first here.  If so, focus on the two shapes that I sketched quickly.  I think this could be done like the drawing with hard lines, or could be curved softer protusions, or even really the shape drawn with a curved edge.  Don't have time to sketch the ideas at the moment.  Perhaps will get to add them later.

Hope you had a creative day today as well.  :-)

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Quilt in my head

I woke up today with a quilt in my head.

A red line on a black background.

I allowed myself to follow the line and it revealed a picture.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Rose Garden

Went to the Rose Gardens today with my mum - the pictures are today's words.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Colour inspiration for a quilt

Flax is flowering in New Zealand at the moment.  This is on a motorway onramp on my drive to work and believe it or not it is a minature yellow variety.  The colours in this image (the only one I got to take, because the driver behind was getting impatient about not "inching forwad") have yellow lime flowers which contrasted amazingly with the greens of the leaves and the dark grey of the morning sky.

Despite the look of the morning we had 30 degree temperatures in New Zealand today.

I'm intrigured by colour paletes at the moment so have put this together to reflect the colours of this morning.  I tried to do it quickly, and it made me realise that I have a limited pallet of colours in my stash - when I thought I had so much.  I don't think I've captured the dark sultry feel of the morning and the contrast of dark blue grey with kakhi yellow and dark olive.  I realise I need black as well to create the mood of the flax.  Maybe I've got all the proportions wrong.  It took me about 20 minutes to pull this selection together.  Might have a go at improving it tomorrow night - to tired to do it now.  I realised the next day that I am also using the information that my mind knows to be true about the yellow-green of the falx, rather than what my eye - the camera is saying about everything being dulled.

A couple more pictures from the next day - same time, but completely different weather conditions.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Updated Fabric

Here is my Devil's Marble piece with the three very light value fabrics replaced, by slightly darker ones - achieved with tea dyeing.