Thursday, September 1, 2011

Painted Bunting: Out On A Limb

Painted Bunting: Out On A Limb. 20 X 24. This process was inspired by a technique called, "Portraits In Fiber." Using a photo to interpret a portrait. I have been attempting to get more depth into my compositions; and wanted to trick the eye, by making the Bunting look like he is extending out toward the viewer. I accomplished this by keeping the background in pale values. The bright colors make him move forward from the background. Another trick is to use overlapping. His tail and the bottom leaf are placed on top of the inner border. The background leaves are kept in a muted tone, while the colored leaf is overlapped. All of these tricks make the eye feel that the image has distance between the background and the focal image. Notice that even the busy border does not overpower the bird. That is because it has no real color. A green binding strip, the same color as the leaves, brings your eye from the bottom leaf. It keeps the eye from drifting off of the picture and carries it back up into the composition at the left branch. It also balances the bird with a diagonal balance. The bird is fused onto peltex and has been threadpainted. Pen and ink were used to create the branch on the left. Commercial fabric and fabric pens were used on the colored branch. Different colored threads were used in the threadpainting process. Bird is machine appliqued onto the background. This piece was accepted into the Waverly House Gallery exhibit called "Journeys."