1st Quarter Challenge – Fauvism Interpretation
I was attracted to the Fauvism movement due to its simplicity and bright, saturated colors. But when it got down to creating a felt piece, I was a bit stuck. I decided I would use prefelt to keep the simplicity of shapes. I used only the prefelt that I already had so I was a bit limited in my color choices. I decided to do a basic landscape and didn’t use an inspirational photo as I normally would. Sorry, but I forgot to take a photo of the layout.
Here’s the piece after felting. I used a thick thin yarn for the detail in the foreground. I liked it but I decided it was a bit boring and needed further detail in the foreground.
So I added a line of trees. This is felt that I had dyed and used Color Magnet on but it didn’t work out too well. So I cut out the tree shapes and hand appliqued them in place. But it still needed a bit more. I got out my hand dyed wool thread to see what I could add with hand stitching.
I outlined the mountains and added some orange for a nice contrast to the blue moon.
I then added some bright green to accentuate the trees. My husband thought they were leaves before I added the stitching so I wanted to make the stitching look like branches and not veins in leaves.
I added just a little bit of stitching in the foreground to complete the piece. And I’m happy with the result. It is certainly not something I would have created without this challenge as it definitely is out of “my style”. But it was fun. Have you tried something for the first quarter challenge? It was fun and the colors certainly cheered me up on a grey, snowy day here in Montana.
14 thoughts on “1st Quarter Challenge – Fauvism Interpretation”
It’s a great piece of art in the Fauvist style Ruth! I like the colours you’ve used and the moon is fab. The process photos show your clever use of the different size trees to give depth to the landscape – what a difference they make.
I’ve never struggled so much with a studio challenge, yet I thought it was going to be so easy. I’ve nearly finished mine … but it is a second attempt!
Thanks Lyn! I look forward to seeing your challenge piece. I struggled a bit with this one too.
Wonderful piece of art ! The fauvisten would be very happy to have you in their group 😉
Thanks Jifke! Not sure I fit in with the Fauvists but it was fun to create.
I’m glad I’m not the only one struggling with this one. But you certainly made it work. It turned out great. All your little additions really finished it off nicely.
Thanks Marilyn, yes, it seems easy at first but it’s a bit harder than expected 🙂
Great piece. Good lesson on figuring out when you are done.
Thanks Sharon, I just kept adding until it felt finished.
It turned out great Ruth. There is at least 6 weeks left in this challenge so I still have lots of time before I have to panic. I am going to have to either interpret one of theirs or go searching the public domain photos. All I have pictures of is wool, felt, sheep and grand kids. .
Thanks Ann! I actually thought about doing a sheep. I put the photo into an online program and turned it bright colors. It was pretty cool. Kind of like your colored sheep that you needle felt but more psychedelic..
Amazing! You definitely captured the movement.
I thought I’d commented on this, I think it got me thinking and I wandered off to do something else! It’s really interesting seeing felt pieces with patches and shapes of colour transforming into picture of landscapes with stitching. This turned out great 🙂
Thanks Zed, it did work out better than expected 🙂