I needed a serious shot of color after making that winter quilt from a few posts ago, and I needed something to get me back in the studio. So I did a little warm-up exercise using a piece of fabric that I painted (below) and a bias fusing technique that I just read about on Laura Wasilowski's blog here: http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-make-bias-fuse-collage.html
I liked the breezy feel of this watercolor painting of flowers. I copied this page from a book for inspiration a few years ago, and now I can't remember the artist's name. Her work blows me away. I'm not very good at realism, so I was just going for the whispy, curvy feeling.
Using Laura's technique of cutting straight strips on the bias and curving them as you fuse, I laid down a few green strips.
It didn't really grab me, so I added more and started to like it better but not enough to finish it.
I was about to throw it in my pile of rejects, but then on my way to bed I stopped in front of it and sliced it up with a rotary cutter and rearranged the pieces. That looked WAY better and more interesting, so I slept well. Now I just have to decide whether I want to finish it as a little piece or make a bigger quilt with more of the same.
I'm leaning toward a bigger quilt because Laura's technique is so easy and fun.
Have a colorful day