The neutrals may be growing on mePosted on January 3, 2015 by Beth Markel
Happy New Year!
I just wanted to update everybody on the neutral struggle. Using neutrals as a focal point is a real challenge for me, as I am drawn, body & soul, to the brights. Normally, I use neutrals to truly CALM my loud tendencies, and bring a sense of quiet to very loud and busy pieces, but after greater exploration (and input from talented artists), I’ve discovered an entire genre of quilts that I had previously overlooked…low contrast gems. Dazzling, contemplative, serene…all words I would use to describe this wonderful quilt art.
Check some of these out:
Helen Howes, http://www.helenhowestextiles.co.uk/quilts/calico.html
Lisa Call, www.lisacall.com/artwork/structures/structures47.jpg
Carol Trice, www.caroltrice.com/wp-content/gallery/connections-series/connections-3-full.jpg
Heather Dubreuil, www.heatherdubreuil.blogspot.ca/2014/12/neutral-colour-palettes.html
These are just a few examples of different ways to approach neutrals, and I am inspired!
So currently this is my design wall…
Normally I have a white felt on the wall, but switched to black because I was having trouble “reading” the light neutrals from across the room. As you can see, I’ve ventured slightly into bluish, gray-green, and richer (darker) neutrals, mostly browns.
I wish everyone a very creative New Year!