2016 started out with the completion of Crush 5! I began this piece last year with a new color assignment. My assignment was a "less is more" approach. I selected a palette of neutrals both dark and light and added one bright accent color. High contrast is the theme with Crush 5. I wrote a post about this piece called "In the Pink" last July when I first started the fabric selection and thoughts on color.
The inspiration for this piece was the dead of winter, a snow flurry in the fields, deep rich tobacco and leather notes one might discover when tasting a favorite bottle of Pinot Noir. Sight and taste were the two senses that I wanted to include in this abstraction.
It seems with each piece I have an "Ahaa moment". I added some tall stakes throughout the work at the end of units that were sewn together. If you look closely, you can see where I did this. I found that I could insert color after the fact as well as movement among the pieces where I wanted to create more contrast. I also included what I call the "floating contrasting areas" that appear throughout this series. They are always fun to play with and often get edited several times before I am satisfied with their location and contrast. Many of the "floaters" in Crush 5 are very subtle. They are there, but you might not catch them at first glance. Crush 5 measures 39" wide and 40" tall.
I entered this piece this week into a juried show. We will see if it makes the cut. I will find out at the end of next month. I selected 3 of my Crush series pieces for this entry.
Crush 6 is waiting in the wings. Often I know the direction or idea for my next work in this series but not this time. I probably will not be able to begin another piece until the spring as I have a commitment to finish a piece for a show with my MIX group that has an April deadline. I started this work a few weeks ago and am having fun with it's creation.
Wishing everyone a wonderful 2016!
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