The Barn

Having this quilt on my wall for a while meant a couple of poor color transitions had time to prick at me. When I decided to give the piece to my brother for Christmas, I decided to tackle those spots before shipping it off. It’s not always advisable to attempt “improvements” of this kind.

First, I added some yellow in the foreground to pull the eye foreword and interrupt the blockiness of the patchwork.Stitched a few dark patterned strips on either side to lend depth and to interrupt what had been a distracting light area to the barn’s left.

And finally, I applied more hand quilting here and there and added some red bits to adjust the perspective lines on the cupola and far right eave (not terribly successfully).

The tweaks are okay. Maybe not what I hoped for. With additions like this, you always risk of either disrupting the spontaneity of the original design or of creating new problems while fixing existing ones.

This piece ran the additional risk of spoiling the (possibly impressive) fact that it’s almost entirely pieced.

Anyway. The upshot is that my remediation, successful or not, has whet my appetite for learning. How come I never learned perspective? Really? And, maybe it’s time to learn how to manage transitions more skillfully by attending to color values.

7 thoughts on “The Barn

  1. RainSluice

    I agree, Ms. Mo Crow. I think it works as an image, color and composition, line and shape and energy! we even know what it is! I HATE doing buildings. I remember doing 1 and two point perspective in middle school. I love it. It is one of the few things I ever aced. Now, I can’t do it to save my life when I’m painting and it bugs the @*#* out of me – so I know how you feel, but this piece seems to me to work regardless. (Why a barn for a city guy?)

    1. deemallon

      I wish acing perspective was more intuitive. Anyway, the quilt is inspired by Hancock so it makes sense for Billy to have it.


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