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Friday, September 19, 2014

Painting 'Gythion Glow' Part II - Scaling up

After preparing my 1/4 size samples for 'Thin Blue Line'  challenge , I was ready to scale up! The original inspiration was of boats moored at Gythion in Greece with the 'thin blue line' of hills in the background. I snipped sections out of the photograph to compress it down to a composition and proportions I was happy with and matched some of the colour in fabrics to insert as thin strips. Having to work to a fixed size of 30 x 120cm meant I had to use some maths and measuring to PLAN where I was going to insert them - not my usual style at all (normally I judge by eye and let things evolve)

I used the technique shown by Alison Schwabe - the strips are 3/4 inch wide and using a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance and careful adjusting and matching under the machine, can achieve gentle curves without using bias strips.
Then I started quilting( using the same fabric on the back although without the inserted strips means that if it all goes horribly wrong when painting, I get a second shot!) I used  Vandana variagated thread and a double or triple needle  managing to break 2 new double needles by not re-adjusting settings before inserting the needles. Next steps  were  quilting from the back with perle in the bobbin to emphasise the boat masts and some serious hand stitching

 Then I  taped it onto a board and painted it- with sharp intake of breath!  It worked , mainly because I'd learnt my lesson and erred on side of caution, working slowly and leaving some areas unpainted
 It was exhibited in several places and sold ( and apparently could have sold it several times over) It captures a particular time and place which is why I think it resonated with others. I still have the original watercolour done in  Greece and the 1/4 size sample.  


  1. Just gorgeous! I can see why many people wanted to buy it. You are a very talented artist. Thank you so much for sharing your process! I really learned a lot.

  2. A fabulous piece! You do so many wonderful and creative pieces.

  3. Lovely to se this piece. I hope the owner has in pride of place.

    Best wishes


  4. What a great way to work with a stunning result, thanks for sharing.

  5. A great lesson in being well prepped! wonderful


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