What a difference a fabric can make! Sometimes you just need to get rid of the fabric that you've been stuck on because it isn't working. While it might be achingly beautiful (only fabric addicts like us would describe a fabric as achingly beautiful, eh?), it may not be the best fabric to give your work the maximum visual impact. I spent two days in the studio last week working on this tree I began 1-1/2 years ago, but that just never got finished. It is inspired by a HUGE, and I mean HUGE, and OLD Babs Oak tree in the Ottawa Arboretum. It would take several people holding hands to encircle it. I wanted it to look kind of abstracted, almost like a painting where you can see rough brush strokes. Before I even started building it I knew it would go on the background in this photo. But I think the background fabric is competing too much with the tree. I also want to add a few longer roots so it isn't so uniform. I had also thought I would include a bench under it, but the challenge now is to abstract the bench a bit. I'm thinking a white bench.
Over the last few days I've been pulling out every possible piece of hand-dyed fabric that might work as a background. That's a lot of work by the way. Finding them in my huge stash, then pinning them to the wall, then pinning the tree over it, taking a picture, then doing it all over again with another background. Then all the fabric needs to be put away again. However, it is fun to have visits with fabrics I've dyed in the past :-))
I really kinda like this combination. It is far earthier and coordinates well with the tree, although it doesn't project an image of spring, like I had hoped it would. After all, it was a glorious spring day I met this tree. I like the way the dark eggplant colour under the tree roots almost looks like the tree's shadow.
The ground in this one is a different fabric than above, but same colour combination.
I thought about using a complementary background. Since there is so much earthy purple in the tree, orange might be just the thing to set it off. Not bad. At least it isn't a flaming orange, and has been toned down by butterscotch and soft brown.
I liked the feeling of light coming through in this photo, so gave it a try. Also not bad, but not the best either.
I do like this combination as I think it does project a feeling of spring with the turquoise and chartreuse (yellow-greens).
My favorites are Backgrounds 2 and 6. What do you think?