Somehow I finally managed to do the contour cutting and stitching exercises from Color and Composition. Although I started working on the first one while the kids were out of the house, it went way slower than I had hoped and then I got sidetracked and/or interupted no less than a million times after they got home. I almost gave up alltogether, but couldn’t bear to throw out all those tiny fused pieces I had already cut.
As I had started these exercises with an orchid plant, I figured I’d continue, even though I now have fruit and veg in the house. I loved drawing orchid contours, but cutting them was not nearly as fun. Looking back, I should have simplified much more, but it was really hard to know when to stop cutting all those little nuances of light and shadow. I also had a hard time cutting as I wanted/needed to turn my fabric as I was cutting, but I couldn’t turn my subject matter to match the orientation. When I finally get around to doing the contour stitching, I am looking forward to the machine behaving more like my pencil and less like my scissors. I have noticed that in the last three weeks, the orchid has rotated and sprouted more buds. Yea orchid!
After being frustrated with my inability to concentrate on the orchids, I kinda rushed through this one just to be done with it all. I probably could have worked longer to get a more interesting compostition, but I was overwhelmed by moving around all those little pieces. I saw a bamboo garden in the moonlight with birds in flight and falling petals emerge but was not willing to do anything to make it more absract. I could go do the contour stitching, but I will wait until tomorow or Tuesday when I may be fresher and less frustrated. On the up side, I took a quick browse by Karoda, Gerrie, and Mary M’s sites and see that I’m not the only one working slower on the exercises this week.