Playing with perspective

So I had a go at doing a cityscape with perspective.  Two-point perspective, to be precise. This required a crash course on 1, 2 and 3 point perspective, a quick practice using pencil, paper and an eraser (mostly the latter), then firing up Adobe Illustrator and wrangling with the perspective grid, which, once you figure out how it works, makes things fairly quick and easy – until that point, you are better of with pencil and paper.  Anyway, technically I am happy as the perspective is spot on. I even added windows, each of which has to be drawn separately, to get the correct perspective.

However, I made a number of design mistakes.  There isn’t enough contrast in the fabrics so the two buildings on the lower left merge into each other, and the windows on the big building on the left are barely visible.  I should have carried the buildings right to the edge of the picture frame, as now it looks like a small island floating in a green sea (which is NOT what I intended).  I also need to include more buildings, particularly in the background, to make it look more high density.  I also want to play around with the horizon line – I want to drop it much lower to get the feel of looking up at the buildings more.  Anyway, lots to be going on with.

The centre panel is 8 x 8 inches and I added border with a view to making a little 12 x 12 quilt, but as I don’t really like it I won’t bother finishing it off. It has served its purpose as a valuable learning exercise.


SAQA Oceania collection and blog hop

my quilt "Private Property"
my quilt “Private Property”

One of my resolutions when I retired and had more time to do the things I wanted was to join SAQA.  Every ear they have a fund raiser involving small (12 inch square) quilts made by members.  I am paticipating for the first time this year with my little quilt “Private Property”.

All 425 donations can be viewed here.

The Oceania collection can be viewed here.

During July, August and September SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Oceania members will be sharing the creativity behind their Benefit Auction quilts.  Follow the Oceania Collection Blog Hop to get a peek into the work of each artist.  The blog hop kicks off on 16 July with Sue Dennis.

Come back and visit me on 2 September to read about the inspiration for this little quilt and the techniques used in making it.

More little Narooma quilts

There are a number of charming little boat sheds around town that I pass on my cycling expeditions.  This is my favourite

photograph of old boatshed in NaroomaThis photo was taken a couple of years ago when we first moved here.  I love the colours and the peeling paint.  Unfortunately, it was vandalised a while back and they replaced the door,

photograph of old boatshed in narooma

so now it looks like this – that new green door may be an improvement from a security perspective, but definitely not an aesthetic one.

Here are some other local sheds

These have inspired these little quilts.

small quilt featuring boatshed


image of a postcard showing Narooma buildings

I don’t actually live in Narooma, but about six kilometres away.  But Narooma is where I go to shop, visit the library, fuel up the car etc.  A lot of buildings have a distinctive roof line which has now been decreed by the council as being the preferred design for new buildings.

This postcard illustrates the style well.  I would credit the photographer and link to his/her website if I could – but unfortunately, that info is printed in the bottom left hand side, over an image of the marine rescue station, and is completely unreadable…hmmm.  UPDATE: I have since been advised that the photographer is Brett Thompson –

On my frequent bike rides around town I stop and photograph the many local signs for oysters, fish etc.  I created a little boat shed from hand dyed fabric, and made a thermofax screen from one of the local signs.

photo of small quilt showing Narooma boat shed with oyster sign

I have made several of these now and will load them up as I finish the quilting/facings.  They are quite addictive and a good way to experiment with layouts and techniques – including my machine quilting which has never been my strong point, and which I am determined to improve.  Practicing new stuff on a small scale makes it seem less challenging, don’t you think?