I bet you never thought I'd be including landscapes in our "Power of Three" challenge. But many landscapes definitely fall into this category. Before I get started I wanted to remind you that if you submit a quilt for our exhibit it needs to be made in 2017 and be an original composition. Many ideas, patterns and quilts by other people inspire us to make quilts. Use one of these ideas to make your own interpretation of "the power of three".
Landscapes, in general and in the quilting world, usually have three elements: the ground, the sky and an element to focus our attention. The ground and sky become the background in many landscape quilts. These two components are separated by what is called a "horizon line". Almost every landscape will have some form of a horizon line. This interpretation is simply put and in practice becomes more involved.
Although this landscape does not have a sky it does have the rock cliff which takes its place. Because of the trees the horizon line becomes a little less obvious in this quilt. The white of the rapids makes this our focal point, bringing us into the landscape to explore the details.
Here is one of Sue Benner's quilts. I can spot her compositions so easily. Whether the quilt is one of her landscapes or one of her many other forms of composition she has a unique style. Part of it is her use of color. All of her quilts have a multitude of rich colors. Here the lake and the sky provide a background for the blades of grass to take center stage.
This quilt kind of does the same thing. We interpret the stocks of leafs as the ground and then we have additional details in the sky. But with the use of color this artist has captured our attention with the blue rabbit.
This landscape is open to interpretation. The maker gave this quilt the title of "Urban Landscape". For me, this abstract landscape really gives an interpretation of the city. The messy black line in a busy circular shape really does depict the hustle and bustle of city life. This quilt also fits neatly into the topic of my last email- "three elements".
So there you have it. My ideas of how a landscape can be used in our challenge. Emily is teaching another landscape quilt class this winter. Check out all of the details here.