Winter Scene is the sixth quilt of this year’s Fifteen by Fifteen challenge. I am following the style of my chosen artist. In my case it was a Russian painter Arkhip Kuindzhi (1841- 1910), whose style was realism. I am not copying his works but only am following his style that had a focus on light effects. In all his paintings light plays a very important role. I already made five quilts in his style: Moonlight on the Atlantic Ocean, Antelope Canyon , The Sunset , Summertime or Lithuanian Landscape and Dusk.
I knew I wanted a winter scene, showing the light reflecting on snow or ice. I’ve been going through many of photos, taken by me on various trips, but finally stopped on the photo of my nephew Saulius Smirinenko. Here is the entire photo:
Of course, the photo was too big for the quilt, that only measures 15×15 inches. I cropped it to the most interesting part:
As always I started by editing the photo into pencil sketch, that was not perfect, but clear enough for me to understand. I made two prints:
The print on the left goes under the piece of muslin, and the opposite print is use for drawing details on the fusible Wonder Under.
And so little by little I build the entire quilt:
Free motion quilting and hand stitching are always my favorite parts of making textile art. Finished quilt:
And so this year’s challenge is completed. I am really happy how my quilts turned out and how they all are of different colors, reflecting on the light and how it changes during the day, the season, the place.
Now I can think of the next year’s challenge and I hope you will travel with me on that journey.