Sunday, December 9, 2018

Fish Quilt--Beginnings

Hello Blog.  So sorry for the delay in writing, but life has been pretty up and down in the last year and a half.  We finished one step in a project so I can leave it be for a few weeks.  I'm starting a new quilt and I'm sharing the progress here. 

I've been thinking about it for months.  Sketched a bit.  Took photos.  Looked at images by others.  Picked out fabric!  I guess it's time to get it going. 

Above are some of the references that I'm studying for this quilt.  A fish illustration by Joseph R. Tomelleri.  A photograph by Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  A map of the historic range of the subject.  My photographs of fish and a rocky stream. 

One sketch idea.  Probably not. 

Another sketch idea.  Also probably not. 

The ideas are gelling.  I won't be copying the map, Craig Springer's photos or Joseph Tomelleri's illustration, but I'll refer to them for shapes and colors.  I'm trying to figure out the layers.  What will be opaque and what will be transparent?  How will I make the background?  Will the transparent layers be transparent enough?  I have a feeling that this will require improvisation, winging it and ad-libbing. 

Off to sketch some more . . .

P.S.  It's good to back in touch with you, Blog. 

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