Saturday, 9 June 2012

Craving for sunshine

This little orchid has been blooming in my kitchen since Christmas. At certain times of the day it fills the air with a beautiful scent - I can only describe it as vanilla and roses - and sometimes it doesn't seem to smell at all.




I love the combination of yellow, orange and shocking pink and decided to use this as a starting point for a colour project.


I really feel the need to work with these bright colours during this dismal weather!

The next job is to play about with proportion. Design Matters TV has been very useful on this subject.  It is a different matter when using collage or fabric than painting which is my usual media as you have to  plan before you start working, rather than when painting you can work more spontaneously and instinctively. I'm not finding this as easy as I thought  I would so it is a good learning opportunity for me. I am usually most happiest working from life when painting, or when sewing, just playing with the materials at hand, when I have tried to create what is in my head I usually fall short of my expectations so I hoping working on these activities will help me be more conscious of colour and more in control. 


Meanwhile I have been working through my tasks for my C&G Creative Quilt Making with some work on texture.




These look rather dull after my other pages, I must get back to my sunshine.

Fingers crossed for a brighter week ahead,
Jill

12 comments:

Maggi said...

Your colour palette certainly brightened my day - lovely. Nice C&G textural work

WrightStuff said...

I don't mean to make you jealous or anything, but I'm writing this from corfu where it's over 30 degrees and not a cloud in the sky....

Enjoy your floral sunshine anyway!!!!!

Menopausalmusing said...

I'm tugging WrightStuff's hair for that last comment ;O)!!!

Know what you mean about craving colour Jill.....

That is a lovely, lovely orchid and isn't it funny re the scent?

Fuzzie Fingers said...

The colours inspired by your orchid are lovely. I am a little jealous of your orchid as I have one in my kitchen and I thought it was dead as it had not flowered for months. Then to my surprise a new stem grew and had a few buds on it. But the other day I tried to move the stick supporting the stem and the whole head, buds and all, broke off. So I'm a little upset.

marigold jam said...

Lovely orchid - I adore shocking pink and orange together. Your colours in this post are very cheering something we in the UK need just now eh?!

Jee said...

Sunshine here at last to cheer us up. At least Marvin's a good cheery colour, hope he's okay .

Printed Material said...

Jill, I've just ordered some orange bookcloth because I fancied making a book with bright covers and magenta pink ribbon ties. I think of these as a very 'mexican' colour palette for some reason.The orchid is a lovely and your photographs are stunning!

flutterbycrafter said...

Gorgeous colours and of course superb work, I also hope for a better week weatherwise x

Su said...

Lovely orchid, so very cheery in this dismal weather. I do hope we get a better week of weather next week :-)

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Beautiful orchid Jill - and I love your colour project - think we're all craving sun and warmth right now. Lesley x

Eileen said...

The wonderful colour brightened my day too Jill - love the final orchid pic and the first colour page especially. Let's hope the summer picks up a bit soon...

harmony and rosie said...

Beautiful work, as ever, and the orchid is amazing. I don't usually warm to orange colours but that one is stunning.