|Reference photo of section of fountain wall|
Trying to visual only takes you so far...
I had a bit of an epiphany yesterday concerning the bottom section of the fountain wall. Looking at my reference photo again in hopes of sorting out my confusion, I realized I didn't have to work two different fabrics into it just because I had physically divided the space and done so on my sample. It could be all the same fabric, broken up by the grout line stitching. Very possible that this newest brown fabric would not need any "improving" with paint. But I'd also considered a few other combinations and the image of each would not hold in my head long enough for proper comparison. Oh yeah, next epiphany - photograph each variation and view on the computer. Better yet - once in Paint Shop Pro, I could add lines emulating the stitching lines to come. I'd already seen how those lines changed my perceptions when I did them for real.
Bear in mind that the colors aren't quite perfect - some of the golden tones in the lighter fabrics have been washed out, but I think the values are fairly true. The top row and left hand side are actually complete; the sections on the right below the top row are the ones in question. Also remember that my point is to accentuate the step-down nature of the fountain wall, wanting to encourage the eye to move from upper right to lower left. In the version above, I added a strip of the fabric used on the lower left, because it was no where else and has that bluish grey that is in the top batik. Nice thought but it pulls the eye back to the right and strikes me as looking out of place.
Same version but with all brown at the bottom. Note that the fabric between the brown and the top row is the same as the top row fabric. I'm thinking that helps with the step down idea and swings the eye around if it tracks left to right from the top.
But I'm still bugged about having that greyish fabric in only one spot, so I've tried it in that position between the brown and top row. I feel that it stops the flow of the step-down movement, creating too much of a segment by segment effect. But I could be wrong
What if I let go of adding the brown altogether and surround my dark "water" section with the grey/tan fabric, reinserting the lighter stone fabric in between it and the top row? Not sure, not sure, not sure...
|Paint Shop Pro composite of variations|
In Paint Shop Pro, I can change the window configuration in several ways. I normally have it set to show one photo at a time if more than one is open, with tabs along the top that I can click to move from one photo to another. But I can also tile them in various ways, including like this so I can see these four versions side by side. I can roll back in my chair and squint my eyes or move in for closer inspection - a very helpful aide. And yet, I am still unwilling to commit. The waffle is between the bottom two in this screen shot of the horizontal tiling (or variation 2 and 4 of the individual photos). I've caught myself trying to base decisions on everything from employing design principles to justifying all the money I've spent on fabrics that might solve my problem. I've tried not to be too influenced by the original design inspiration photo or the sample that I made in order to be more open to options, but I can't deny they have both helped and slowed me down. I'm left in a bit of a muddle while at the same time knowing I am close to resolution.
So what say you? I could use an unbiased critical look and weighing in. Click on any photo for a larger view, then let me know. Oh, and ignore those bits of purple and orange around the edges - they belong to other potential quilts taking up space on the design wall.