For me the winter in the Northwest exemplifies gray. I had some photos of my son and his wife, Jayme, taken during the winter at the Oregon Garden.
I love the shape of the bare trees and the bleak landscape with the golden grass. I created sketches of these photos in Photoshop to use in this piece.
The solo tree on the bottom was used to make a thermofax screen and the trees were screened on to silk organza. I have some more photos on my blog. The top photo was first printed on Jacquard's Extravorganza, but the gray color I got was not working with my other elements.
I was using some gray silk organza shibori for the background. I took a piece of that and backed it with a full page self stick label and ran it through my Epson printer to print the photo and loved the result. I decided to add the smaller photo as another element. I like how you see a far away view and then a close up.
I decided to add a bit of color in the grasses as a nod to the grass in the original photos. Here is a detail shot.
One thing I learned after doing this challenge — there are many shades of gray!!
We are twelve quilt artists who embarked on an art challenge together. We're from different places throughout the world and our artistic styles vary, but we share a love of art quilting and a desire to play, experiment, learn, and grow.
For four years (2007-2011), we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. See our Theme Series and our Colorplay series.
For the 2012 Series, we changed things a bit and made rectangular pieces, 20x12 inches with roughly 10 weeks between each challenge. As before, we had a designated theme for each challenge.
We shared our process, progress, and results on this blog. It remains a key record of our rich collaboration.