As promised, here is my latest piece in progress. The background is done. I had fun working on the door, to get the highlights and shadows in the panels. Having once owned an architectural antique business helped here, as I have seen a lot of this type of panelled door.
Isn’t it neat the way that the background defines the space for the little girl? This demonstrates the importance of the negative space surrounding something.
I layered two colours of brown for the boards on the side of the house. I liked the effect but thought that it looked a bit plain, so added some slightly darker bits on top to give it some interest. I am almost out of this fabric and will be sorry to use up the last of it. It has been most useful for portraying aged wood, or fence posts.
As you can see I have started working on the little girl’s face. It looks really strange with only the face there! I may yet adjust the shading on her face, but will leave it for the moment, as this piece is still in the “ugly phase”. I also need to remember that I will be adding detail with the stitching, and quilting, later on. Do you find that your quilts go through an ugly phase before they are complete?