Continuing on with my architectural theme, I had an idea of domes. It may have had something to do with the research I have been doing on Paul Klee. I am leading a discussion of Klee on the raggedclothcafe list this month. Klee had a turning point in his art and his use of color when he visited Tunisia in 1914. That is one of his Tunisian paintings at the upper left of this page.
My domes were really not a direct result of the Klee paintings, but they were probably there in the back of my mind when I started sketching. Here's the main part of the piece all fused down. It looks pretty flat. I think the reason so many fabric artists dye their own fabrics is that commercial fabrics do look flat. I like pattern however, so I stick with commercial prints and occasionally create some of my own prints. I like the way the yellow stripes chevron in the bigger dome, but eh, that color really looks dead. So that is when I get out fabric paints and pastels and punch up the color and add dimension.
That cheddar color is on the wall behind the buildings because my plan is to cut a half circle from it to go behind the buildings.
Now I needed to try out some background fabrics. I bought these two beautiful hand-dyes from my sister-in-law's business and thought they might work. Sorry—those colors are too dead for the rest of the piece. But they will be great for something else.
I found two good possibilities in my stash. The stripe is really old, but I have always loved it and knew someday it would be the perfect piece for something. The purple, dotty fabric is newer. I love them!