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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Q4 Challenge and Winkworth Arboretum

The final Felting and Fiber Studio Form challenge for this year centres around tone and shade, mixing white and black with a single colour. Although I had a small hand in creating this challenge I know I am going to find it difficult to retrain myself to a single colour. I can't resist the drama created by placing complimentary colours next to each other.

Last weekend we paid a trip to Winkworth Arboretum, a National Trust property just south of Godalming in Surrey, a beautiful place, especially with all the trees just starting to turn red and gold, and definitely worth the excursion if you are an NT member. These are just a few of the photos I took.















I am finding myself strangely drawn to the last image, I think it is the feeling that path is inviting the viewer to some unseen destination.

Initially I had an idea to create a triptych wall hanging depicting a woodland scene with one panel each of yellow, orange and crimson but I am already wandering off on another tangent. I might still come back to that idea though as I still think it has "legs".

After having a play with the colour tools in GIMP (a free photo-editing software that is similar to Photoshop), these were the front-runners:










I quite like the last one which is more of a grey-scale with the greens added back in, although the third image down, also has merit, that one is essentially a posterised version of the last image but I am finding it looks like there is snow on the ground while the trees are in leaf. The greens are also showing splashes of blue and yellow rather than just shades and tones.

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful scenery! I can see why you're drawn to the one with the pathway. You may have a hard time choosing. I like the last as well as the purple which I think adds a bit of an ethereal feel to it creating a sense of mystery. "Come hither and see my world." :-)

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  2. I confess I still can't seem to settle on one image or idea.... I see what you mean about the purple image, more food for thought.:)

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