Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I have some more stitching to do on this piece, but not much more. As I was uploading this, I was reminded of why I started my blog in the first place, more than 4 years ago. I wanted to get back from my work as it was in process and remember what it looked like in stages. This is hardly in stages - it is pretty much done. If you click on it to enlarge, you can see it better...but believe me when I say it looks better in person than on the screen. By the time it is done, it will be approximately 26"x40.5" -- somewhat larger than I have been working lately, which is good. I am between two names at the moment. When I am teaching Jump-starting the Art Quilt, an important part is the discussion and feedback of works in progress (or finished works people bring in for critique). We also talk about naming a piece: some people start with the name in mind and try to make a piece to fit the name. (This is not the same as working to a theme, where the genesis of all the pieces is the same but the names of the individual pieces vary.) Then there are those of us who make the work and hope a name will miraculously sail in, floating above the piece amid flashing lights. I am still waiting for this to happen the next time I complete a piece. One way to name a piece is to look at it for a moment, then look away and ask yourself what stays in your mind. That could give you a clue to a name. On the other hand, it might be confusing if 6 people who look at it all come up with different responses. Happily, 6 people have not seen this piece, so I am left to my own devices. And on that note - la la land calls me: it is already tomorrow.

10 comments:

Deb H said...

I see a couple of faces in the left side of the picture. It looks like "The Forrest Has Eyes" to me.

Eva said...

... did I understand the last sentences right -- to be a "no thanks" to proposals?

Liz said...

Wow, Rayna, I really love this! Such a sense of depth...and light and shade.

tiedyejudy said...

It looks fabulous here, so I can only imagine what it must look like in person... well done!

Lisa, Procrastinator Extraordinaire said...

I know exactly what you mean about naming things. I used to finish a piece entirely before the thought of a name even entered my head. (It's hard to make a label without a name.) Now I try to think of something as the work is in process. This is working better for me, but even this is not fool proof. Good luck on your naming!

Linda Branch Dunn said...

It appears to shimmer, and looks like a forest to me, in winter, full of ice and light.

Eva said...

Cold Forest Noon. January, a short day and a breakthrough of sunshine, blinding light on snow, dark clouds again, sharp black shadows of trees, a reflection on a silent pond.

Marni Goldshlag said...

Rayna, I love this piece! Tell us what you are thinking in terms of names. I know what I'd name it, but won't say unless you ask for folks to make suggestions.

Cathy said...

I love this, wonderful piece. I can think of a name also, but will wait for your choice.

Carole said...

Beautiful, Rayna. It has so much depth and movement.

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