Not sure if was worth making or not. At the end of the day yesterday this is what I had put together and I was pretty underwhelmed.
My starting point was a photo I took this summer at the Mission Santa Barbara. This is one of the bell towers. My goal is to simplify the composition, to focus on the lines, shapes and colors, as opposed to the subject itself and to rethink color. No more blue skies and green grass. This is simple. And dull. And flat. I am using solid fabrics here, which are pretty bland. My idea was that I would start with these flat fabrics and as I worked, add color and texture.
And, because I just can't resist adding some black drawing, some detail. Not too much, I hope.
Now that I have gotten this far I see a problem. The angle on that dark structure below the arched opening at the bottom is off. Arrrrrgh. And this is going to drive me crazy. I put it down and laid a piece of dark fabric over it and can see already that it will need to be fixed..
So, that is what I have been up to. This is a small piece made mostly to experiment. Slow progress and not much to show for it, but I am working some things out before I get back to the bigger piece I started in Elizabeth Barton's class. This may remain a practice piece. Those are often necessary!