No matter what media an artist chooses, their palette is their most important tool. Color and use of color are used to identify an artist’s work and the time period it was created along with changes in technique. The palette will shift over time to reflect changes within the artist. As an artist grows, their palette will reflect the growth.
The 5 Tipping Paint artists have very distinct palettes. Lori White’s palette is dark and subdued while Rick Bennett and Vicki Rees use bright vibrant color. Linda Eddins is somewhere in between. My palette is limited to cyan, magenta, yellow and indigo.
My quilt is my interpretation of the color wheel. I have been thinking about making a color wheel quilt for years but couldn’t quite get my head around using a square to create a circle – sometimes I can be a bit too literal! Necessity is the mother of invention; when my quilt wore out and I needed a new one, I started seeing possibilities. In this pattern, the blocks are divided into 4 groups: dark, light, vibrant and dull. I kept a chart of the squares as I created them to be sure I had enough of each color segment.
It took me 5 months to complete the quilt which meant that there were a lot of influences on my color choices thus no 2 blocks have all the same squares in them. I have enough different fabric pieces (thousands) that the possibilities are endless. I am drawn to bright vibrant colors so the muted blocks were the hardest for me. And when I had to shop for missing colors, I struggled to buy only the shades I needed and leave the rest behind. I discovered that purple and pink are not very popular fabric colors and as you can see, blue and green are the most readily available.
My quilt will be on display until the end of June; then it comes back home to brighten my bed! If you would like to learn about the process of making this kind of quilt, called a watercolor quilt, I documented my work and you can read it on my blog: http://skjonesart.com/watercolor-quilt-project-the-beginning/.