Failed Mountains to Sea – an object lesson in haste…

I have made two attempts at interpreting the Mountains to the Sea theme illustrated a couple of posts back, and both have failed: 

mountain mixed            mountain plain

On the left the mixed threads give a rich colour mixture – which loses all focus in the middle section and just leaves a confused impression. The flat cartoon-like quality on the right also fails in the centre section, both because of wrong colours being used and bad drawing of curves.  

A further  problem lies in the three shells being involved in an Escher-type optical illusion, in which the yellow shell areas are very ambiguous – are they outside or inside curves? – this ambiguity works (I think) in the original coloured drawing, but fails here. 

Also the colours for the recession of the mountains need correction.

I may try this again without benefit of Escher, and with only two, not three, shells.

Yes, it’s all a learning experience!

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4 responses

  1. Thanks Vera. I must learn to listen more to others’ views – several people have (to my surprise) now commented favourably about the second one, even tho to my mind it was not as colour-rich. I have noticed in browsing tapestries on line that many really striking ones work excellently just because they do not use mixed threads, or use them sparingly..

    February 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM

  2. Honestly, I like the second one very much. I only have one slight problem with it and that is the shape in the middle, which seems to go from the shell straight to the top of the mountain, – but then again, artistic freedom? 🙂 It’s good to be able to compare and I agree it’s all learning, the second work is a definite improvement!! – I like it!

    February 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

  3. ok, so maybe I can do a bit of salvage work on one of them…

    February 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

  4. Mary

    I can’t believe you’ve done two already! And I think you are being a bit hard on yourself – I quite like the second one, especially.
    I have started one (with another totally different design in mind, don’t know why I am doing that) and am just getting to the middle where I think I also may have problems. Yes, it is all learning.

    February 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

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