Opining on ColorPosted on November 11, 2013 by Beth Markel
I have a new, favorite black. And green. It’s easy when you are working on a textile or an art quilt day-in and day-out, to become bored with it. Perhaps “bored” isn’t the right word…it’s more like “meh” – where you have to dig deep, deep, deep to keep working on it – when what you really want to do is start a new project! Fresh color! New ideas! Endless possibilities!
For weeks now, I have been sewing and sewing and sewing a piece that’s the first in a new restructured series, and I limited myself in color choices to push the envelope of design, without being distracted by multiple colors. Sometimes color carries a piece of art. Sometimes color detracts from what the artist is trying to say – think of crisp or moody black/white photos – where adding color would be a loss of design or focus or foreground. In Ansel Adam’s work, color would just have made his photographs postcards or beautiful landscapes. But in B/W, Ansel Adams made statements about the grandeur, the awe, the magnitude and majesty in nature.
A simple example from some kitchen photos:
So, as I said, I have a new, favorite black. It comes from AQS and is called “midnight” black, #978-1-232000. It’s luscious! Some dark blacks read almost blue – like Veronica’s hair in the old Archie comic books. Don’t laugh. They are a staple of my youth! Some blacks have a gray/silverish finish or hue when turned just slightly to catch the light, while others are not a dark enough tint to really read black, but more like an intense, deep gray, almost blackish. However, this ‘midnight’ black is just beautiful! It’s like a walk in the dark, before the moon really starts to rise, or is just a sliver, and you’re away from the city, so no lights are within miles of where you are standing – looking up at the night sky as stars just begin to peek out.
My new favorite green – Cherrywood Citron. It’s an acid green, without the annoying phosphorescence or other-worldly hue. It’s delicious! It’s more intense than a celery green, and more vibrant than a lime, but works beautifully with other shades of green, browns, yellow, and blues, without being garish, or shouting for attention. It’s a very sexy color, but sexy in an assured and confident way – not a twerking sort of way. http://cherrywoodfabrics.com/store/products/citron/
So I have taken a break. Made a fresh pot of coffee. Opined on my new favorite colors. It’s back to the digging DEEP to finish a piece that seems like it’s 100 feet long, when it’s really only 5’ square, or close to it. What I can say, is that I think this will be a significant piece.
Look for something which inspires you, everyday!