Tuesday, November 15, 2005


I have been working on the background for the Otavalena woman. You may recognize the weaving.

My original plan was to put another weaving behind her on the right of the first one, so essentially the background was all patterned. After I got the first weaving mostly done, I decided more pattern would be too much. So I tried this fabric that I painted, which looks a bit like a stuccoed wall. It is not fused down--just trying it out.

At this point it is helpful to open the image in Photoshop and work on some ideas.

I added to the figure and knocked back the stucco fabric a bit. It could still be too much pattern in that background. Maybe a flatter piece.

I'm kind of liking this plainer background. I don't know. I think I'll have to sleep on it. Opinions?


  1. Anonymous7:51 PM

    Somewhere between the flat and the textured, with that great shadow along the edge of the weaving....yes!

  2. Anonymous8:43 PM

    I agree that the color of the flat background livens up her face--warms the whole piece up. But I do like a little texture. Not much help--hmmm?

  3. Anonymous8:51 PM

    I like the texture. So there. cheers,

  4. The texture, defninitely. But with the shadowing alongside the weaving. Lovely work.

  5. Anonymous11:14 AM

    The flat terra cotta background is much more appealing. THis is going to be stunning!
    Scott in NC

  6. Anonymous2:18 PM

    The flatter background works for me. It's fantastic. She really stands out.

  7. Anonymous5:13 AM

    I love the warmer/darker version, but you also have an interesting option here of leaving out the background entirerly and letting the weaving and the woman hang as if they're right in the room with us. In other words, no background.

    Starting at the lower left corner, your edge would travel straight up, straight across the top, straight down, bulging out for your figure, and then pehaps have the figure hang slightly lower so after you pass the figure your edge rises up a bit to join the weaving for a short horizontal trip, back to that lower left corner.

    It will be stunning either way, it's just that it seems uncommon to find a quilt that would lend itself so graciously to the idea of an uneven edge.