Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Play and Review

The following are exercises begun in Jane Dunnewold's Creative Strength Training workshop last week that I have continued to play with.  This Eastern negative-positive space design technique was originally introduced as an expanded square exercise in the book Notan:  The Dark-Light Principle of Design by Dorr Bothwell and Marlys Mayfield.  My first two examples stay within  the rules by not cutting off corners and keeping square shape.  The last ones break the rules ... encouraging the rebel artist (Jane's description).  Very fun! Creates strong visual patterns.  Could be potential quilts in there, don't you think?  Cut some black squares to play with this cut-and-paste technique for yourself.


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Asked to bring a one of our completed pieces to the CST workshop, we each sat with our work, reviewing dispassionately the strengths and weaknesses.  What would be done differently next time?  I realized what was needed was more texture, and have revised the last two Sonata pieces by adding very subtle embroidery to the color blocks.  Happy with the effects.  (Hope you can see the details, difficult to photograph.)  We also had an excellent group critique session with Jane, which I found extremely valuable.  I am sure others would agree.


Sonata in Green by Linda A. Miller
Sonata in Green by Linda A. Miller





Sonata in Green (detail)




Sonata in Blue  by Linda A. Miller
Sonata in Blue  by Linda A. Miller




Sonata in Blue  by Linda A. Miller
Sonata in Blue (detail)




Sonata in Blue  by Linda A. Miller
Sonata in Blue (block detail)
 

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7 comments:

  1. Beautiful work, Linda! I can see the added texture. It sounds like the workshop was a great success for you.

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  2. I've never heard of the term notan and just googled it. Very interesting - do many possibilities

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    1. Yes it does have lots of potential!

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  3. I did some of the expanded squares after reading an article by a Jane a few months ago. The exercise was a lot of fun. But they got put away while my mind took me in a different direction.seeing yours made me smile and I think I will revisit them with Fabric thus time.. Oh and as usual I broke the rules right away. Grin. Love your brush work too!

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  4. I love that expanded square exercise! Yours are going in very intriguing directions. I am going to have look into that concept of notan. And the strong simplicity of your sonata pieces is quite appealing.

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  5. The embroidery, while subtle, does add a nice detail. And you would want subtle details only in those pieces to keep the calm mood. I have the book on notan that Jane recommended and have found the exercises to be very helpful in designing. But it is good to break rules sometimes.

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