Thursday, 26 January 2017

Blue Mountain - A Work in Progress

Feeling that I'd done a lot of red and grey projects lately (Triad, We The North Since 1867, etc.), I needed to try something different colour-wise.

I love the work of Lauren Harris, the Group of Seven artist, who painted one of my favourite paintings, North Shore. The way he uses blues and whites in his paintings of icebergs and mountains to capture the light of the northern landscape is incredible. So drawing from that inspiration, I started playing with these fabrics.

I cut some strips of many of the colours and started playing with them in a layered mountain formation, with just pins to anchor the strips on my design wall.

I found the aqua too strong so took that out. 

Changed the angle of the strips so the mountain idea is a little more obvious. 

Found a couple of the blues too strong so switched those out. 

Closer, but not there yet.

Open to ideas! 


  1. Great idea. What about swapping the bottom blues for some stratified greys then mix the creams, paler blues and greens? Just a thought.

  2. I tend to work in strong (& usually warm) colors. The other days I was auditioning pale solids for an inner border and the rejects piled on a white table. When I looked at them later I took a picture of them. I just loved the cool low contrast. I had about 1/4 of what you show here but I know I need to make some project out of them...&ha few more.

  3. I like these early beginnings. Looking forward to seeing how this progresses. Good luck.


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