Things I like about Blooming Prosperity:
- It's done. (Seriously. Every completed step along the way is a learning experience and an accomplishment.)
- The sheer fabric I used for the hand.
- The quilted motif of the large bloom that I repeated from the fused elements at the bottom.
- The loose threads hanging in the pink --and gray -- blooms.
- The hand embroidery trailing across the top.
- The overcast stitch along the binding.
- The overall shape.
- Of course, the color scheme -- Hello!! Green and Purple!
- The handwriting in the bottom purple piece.
- Just a few beads and sequins.
Things I don't like about Blooming Prosperity (Goodness... where to begin?)
- The lack of color contrast.
- The weird quilting lines that were supposed to represent lines in a palm and the odd way they extend past the hand figure.
- The over-used element of the hand. And how it looks like some almighty hand reaching down to earth. Odd.
- The wrinkly purple fabric at the bottom -- it wasn't fused to the batting, thus: wrinkles.
- The repetition of that same Y stitch that I have been using ALL THE TIME. You'd think I could come up with another stitch.
- The green block at the top. It's just floating there with no connection with the other elements.
- The static symmetrical composition. Blah.
- I don't even like the title. It's a bit pretentious.
Well, there you have it. I debated about putting this up on my blog at all. I think some artists only share what they consider their very best work. This isn't my best, but I do feel quite confident that I can take the ideas, techniques and process that I used on this quilt and improve on them. And just because I think it has flaws, doesn't mean someone else won't adore it. And certainly there will be people who are annoyed by the same elements that I love.
That's art, right?