I grew up on a dairy farm which I’ve photographed quite a bit over the years. My favorite view is as you’re driving in and you come over a hill. The farm spreads out before you, with the barns in the distance, and rows of crops on both sides of the road. And the entire view is framed by a large maple tree.
As you can see, I’ve changed the scale in order to enhance what I consider to be the important parts. I also took some artistic license with the sweep of the road and the placement of some of the barns and silos. My plan was to make it very stylized with just a few pieces of fabric.
I wanted to make this quilt in very bright colors of blue, green, and yellow. I thought a yellow sky might be interesting, so I pulled out some fabrics to audition the idea.
Hmm. I added hints of blue buildings and a blue tree to get a better idea.
Well, the blue silo showed up well, which I wanted. But, the blue “tree” seemed like it would show up even more, which I didn’t want. The thing about a wacky idea, such as a yellow sky, is that you never know it’s value until you try it. You have to audition it visually, and this experimentation is worth your time!
I decided a blue sky would probably be better. What do you think?