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Pieces, Pixels, Inspirations
Many art historians think that Claude Monet had poor eyesight, causing him to see fuzzy images and paint the world in his unique style of Impressionism. The Pointillism movement in painting carried this even further, truly using dabs of paint to create an entire image. When successfully done, the eye perceives the dabs, but the mind binds them together to show the whole subject. As a child, I learned that photographs and even television images were really tiny dots of color, so tiny it could take a serious magnifying glass to isolate them. But our minds read these minute pixels of color and light as the image on the screen or paper.
In our digital world we have become accustomed to the use of pixels to create pictures. Every image online, or from a digital camera, is a veritable quilt of teeny snippets of color arranged to show a finished product. Like the quilts we create with small bits of colorful fabric, viewed closely the detail shows, but from a distance we see the overall effect. Some quilts mimic this effect intentionally: watercolor quilts, some styles of landscape quilts, postage stamp quilts, and many others.
Pixels, pieces of color. Highly automated, usually trying to be very true to the original subject. The digital image parallel to piece of a quilt block. Pieces or pixels are the building blocks, but in a quilt, the subject, colors, and level of realism are the choice of the quilter. We can draw from countless inspirations, and take it anywhere that fabric allows!
Lately I have been drawn to color sets to find inspiration. Shades of green and brown scattered like the view from a forest path. Wild sets of reds, yellows, and purples reminding me of carnival lights or wildflower gardens. Shades of blues and teals reminiscent of deep, swirling water. Sandy beaches shown in tans and creams.
Starting with a color set, I have no “subject” in mind. But a quilt top evolves and tells a story anyway! And it is so much fun, even soulfully satisfying, to gather the color set and lay them out in endless patterns, waiting to see where it takes me.
So many inspirations. Take a look at some of mine on my To Inspire page. What inspires you? When you begin a project of your own, do you start with a subject? A set of colors? A geometric pattern? Or are you drawn to traditional quilt blocks? What makes you settle on the design? Please share!