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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Cityscape


I never seem to be quite satisfied with this city. This morning I took the bottom half off and worked on it. I put windows in the house on the right and then shifted it down so that the roofline is staggered. That was hard to do and in a couple of places I had to topstitch. I also changed the black roof on the left house to yelllow. It was just getting lost in the background. There are still a couple of tiny things that I don't like but they not big enough mistakes to be worth ripping half the picutre apart one more time to change them. I also added more sky to the top and to the right so that the houses had a bit more space. I think I will go with this border. It just seems to match the picture better and frames it rather than competes with it.

I now have to decide if I want to add something else. I was thinking of words since I went with snakes instead of words on the jungle quilt. The big question, as usual, is what words? I can't think of a short poem or song that talks about a city. Any suggestions would be appreciated whether I use them or not.

12 comments:

Nellie Bass Durand said...

I'm delighted to have discovered you. Reading the progression of this piece is most interesting. It has taken on a life of its own and you seem to be respectful of that. I see the buildings huddled close together, trying to maintain a cheerful positiveness in spite of the approaching/looming storm. An analogy for how optimistic people weather life?

Have you considered inserting a very narrow strip of bright color between the border and the piece?

Delta said...

WOOT! It's looking wonderful.

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

http://www.mondaypapers.com/summerinthecity/summersong.html

quiltpixie said...

Its hard to figure out the word that capture the idea of the quilt isn't it? When I think of words its usually a phrase that tries to capture the feeling.... something like "We're not in Kansas anymore" might be fun.....

dijanne cevaal said...

Joyce I like the addition of th eyellow roof veyr much- it just changes th ewhole balance- and th elowering of the roofline on the right adds more intereste. What I am wondering about is th epinned border you have around it at the moment- would you think of a assymetric border- or a border with slashes of colour through it?
Dijanne

Diana said...

I really like the additions and changes you have made. Putting the windows on the house in front opened up that side, and the addition of the yellow to the roof of the other building makes it more visible. Even though I know you based this on a chinese painting, it seems more south american--like something out of gabriel garcia marquez.

meggie said...

The evolution of this Cityscape is so entertaining.
It looks so different with the different borders.
I rather liked the wavey one.
The grey in the sky is just perfect.

Tonya R said...

J. those are some fabulous buildings. I love how you pieced them. Gotta say I'd be interested in seeing how this would look with some color in the border. Purple orange and pink piano keys?

Carol said...

Joyce, it keeps getting better. I like how there's more of a space now on the right so it's more central now. The only saying that comes to mind at the moment for me is "All roads lead to home". I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Clare said...

I was thinking of Summer in the City too and, yes, how about a bit of colour in the border?

dot said...

Very nice,I like the middle border, that is if your taking imput. Your are very creative.

Pam said...

The progression of this piece has been great to see. I like the change of the roof to yellow and the extra sky - that was a good idea. I was thinking of Summer in the City - but it isn't really summer in the city because the sky is grey in your city. Looks wonderful though.

Shelina said...

Here's a whole page of quotations about cities. yahoo quotations