Work and commentary from art quilters in B.C. and Washington, U.S.A
charis, how big is this? and was there a reason you gave this pony no background when you started? ie, were you meaning to applique it onto some other background? judy
Hi Judy, It is about 4'X5'. M original intent was to have the only suggested and I thought I should have put it on a white background. I've played with it on photo shop, dark backgrounds, lighter, even white and none of it worked. It was still just a a horse. I also tried putting a large "moon" behind the horse on the right side...huge really with about 1/3 of it behind the horse. It seemed to give the horse a place to be. Still not sure what to do though.
Ah ....that should read, "have the horse only suggested"
tell me more about the horse? just free associate and mayb e something will appear that tells us where this horse is or what this horse wants???? gosh, it's really big...judy
What if you painted shadow behind parts of the horse?
Well this is (was) my horse years ag. I shot a photo of him coming on to the sand from the ocean. It's a pretty spectacular photo but none of the drama of it is depicted in the quilt. Ah, maybe that is because there is no ocean?? I just the other day narrowed it down a bit on both sides and that improved it somewhat. It's the background that is all wrong. I think I know where Ann is going with her suggestions because the horse just looks like he is floating in space and he needs some reference to something or other. I had thought of some large spherical piece behind it, maybe painting some color on to it...shadows might work....I know that I have to let go of the idea of it being the suggestion of a horse and push it more and more towards realism...not my forte.
I'm going to try that tomorrow on photo shop and see what it looks like. good suggestions. Stay tuned!