Friday, March 22, 2013

Looking for Spring

The last two weeks have been busy doing a little of this and a little of that, leaving me very little time in the studio. However, I have been able to sneak in, every now and then, to finish this small thread painted piece.

 
 When I make a small piece I like to mat and frame the finished art work.  I feel that it often looks lost on the wall unless you have a grouping of like-size pieces.  My original idea was to place the finished piece in a shadowbox.  Like this.
























After I had the piece pinned to the background I placed it on my design wall.  As I passed the piece I kept looking and wondering what it would look like if I cut out the light background and just leave the bird and tree.  So I took a photo of the piece. Cut it out and pinned it to the black background.  This is what it looked like.





















Now the question is which do I choose.  I think I've made up my mind but I would like to hear what you have to say.

I am linking this post to www.ninamariesayre.blogspot.com   
Off the Wall Friday.  Lots of wonderful blogs to view right from this web site.  As I look at Nina Marie's blog and see the photographs of snow it makes me very thankful I live in the South.  Did my dues in NW PA for many years.  Been there done that.

18 comments:

  1. As always, I love your thread painting, Marilyn.

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  2. I prefer the white background.

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    1. You seem to be in the majority. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Love this little bird......your thread painting is wonderful! Background......hmmmm I like both.....the dark background is quite dramatic but I think I am leaning toward the lighter one

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I'm leaning that way.

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  4. what a lovely bird - Paul is in the middle of making a bird for his latest woodworking project - I'll make sure he sees how lovely yours is! as for backgrounds - could I waffle a bit and say I would try a thin outline of white around the bird and put both on the dark background - LOL - I mean why have one background when you can have two???

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    1. Ok Nina, give me something else to think about. Going to the shop today so have to make up my mind.

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  5. The white background seems to make the colors pop more than the black.

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    1. Thanks Carol, Looks like the white, thought it's not white just photos that way, wins.

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  6. I think a background is needed, but maybe not quite the one in the picture. What about a pale blue/grey etc and not square?

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  7. I'm going to give the background some thought. I may paint in a little more color. The color now has a slight pinkish tint to the top with a little more pink toward the bottom. It has to be square, part of the plan. Thanks for your comment.

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  8. I would choose the black. It gives the whole piece more dimension. I often isolate my focal piece with a thin black line around it.

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  9. What beautiful thread painting! I love your beautiful little bird!

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  10. I think that a little paint in the background would do it. I think it needs a little bit of a pale blue here and there like bits of sky peaking out from wispy clouds. The bird thread painting is wonderful. You captured the bird in its moment.

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  11. I really love both...but when I saw the dark background, I thought, "Wow! After reading comments...I looked again (and again) and think the dark background works best. Perhaps a bit of light outlining - somewhere because the white background really brings out the white in the tree and bird

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  12. Lovely. I would vote for some kind of light background. The image gets lost on the black. I enjoyed visiting your blog and looking over previous posts.
    best, nadia

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  13. The bird is wonderful! I prefer the black background - more unexpected and dramatic.
    i'm sure it will be wonderful, whatever you choose.

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