|"The Visual Spectrum" - A Color Wheel Series|
When I create art I am inspired by something like color, nature, a piece of cloth or an idea. When I am creating the piece I think about what looks good and how much of this or that or where to put things. I consider composition, balance, contrast, color, and focal point. I am not only creating for myself but to hopefully successfully share my thoughts, muse and artistic skill with others. Yes, I am making things to try to sell them, so I want other people to like them. In order for someone to like it they need to see something in it that they can identify with or that moves them or makes them remember something. It needs to have meaning to them as well as to me or it is not, in my mind, a successful piece.
So when I am making a collage I want it to be interesting, have good "flow", be a balanced composition, and hopefully have beauty. Not too much of anything or too little. As Goldilocks said, just right.
Here are three of my series of color wheel quilts that are approximately 12"x12". They are collages and some have beading, some have hand embroidery. All 12 of them were very fun to create and each one is unique. I made them cohesive by their size and black bindings but other than that I just went with whatever I was inspired to do with the fabrics I chose and the colorway I was working with. They are essentially monochromatic pieces and yet they are still colorful. Some of the fabrics have other colors in them that help make the piece interesting.
Collage does not have to be messy, busy and heavy with stuff. It can be colorful, detailed and balanced without being overdone. Know when to stop adding more fabric, more embellishment, or more stitching. That isn't always easy, but that is part of the process of creating art. Overdo it and you lose what you are trying to say. Don't do enough and it is boring. Find the balance.