Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Film Noir

 Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The challenge was titled Film Noir and I did not know this subject until I Googled it. It represents the Black and White movies of the 20s-30s when the movie industry was in its infancy. Plenty of dark smoky rooms, everyone was smoking cigarettes, shadows, interestingly textured backgrounds, dark street scenes and, my personal favorite, femme fatales!! They were the actresses who became famous from the movies they were in-Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy to name a few. Sorry but no cigarettes in my quilts!  I saw this challenge as a study of value and chose to work in black and white with the exception of using a light icy blue for the irises in my portrait quilt. I found a photo where the bleach blonde finger waves caught my attention. This was my challenge to create a 3D image on a flat surface and capture the way the light or lack of light hit the waves in the hair.   I was not sure if I wanted to create a value scale from white to gray to black OR use prints and go from white to a white print with black to a black print with white to solid black. I chose both-grays for the skin tones and the prints for the hair. I collect white batiks and they are difficult to come by. I had a pile or "warm" whites for the skin tones and "cool" whites for the hair. I used as many small scale prints as I could so it "read" as a solid from a distance. 

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The challenge was titled Film Noir and I did not know this subject until I Googled it. It represents the Black and White movies of the 20s-30s when the movie industry was in its infancy. Plenty of dark smoky rooms, everyone was smoking cigarettes, shadows, interestingly textured backgrounds, dark street scenes and, my personal favorite, femme fatales!! They were the actresses who became famous from the movies they were in-Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy to name a few. Sorry but no cigarettes in my quilts!

I saw this challenge as a study of value and chose to work in black and white with the exception of using a light icy blue for the irises in my portrait quilt. I found a photo where the bleach blonde finger waves caught my attention. This was my challenge to create a 3D image on a flat surface and capture the way the light or lack of light hit the waves in the hair. 

I was not sure if I wanted to create a value scale from white to gray to black OR use prints and go from white to a white print with black to a black print with white to solid black. I chose both-grays for the skin tones and the prints for the hair. I collect white batiks and they are difficult to come by. I had a pile or "warm" whites for the skin tones and "cool" whites for the hair. I used as many small scale prints as I could so it "read" as a solid from a distance. 

 This is a close up of the hair and face. I embellished very little on this project because it stood by itself. I thought the hair needed more light reflection and used a white metallic paint in those areas as well as a bit of the same paint in the center eye area. The lower lip got a touch of silver glitter nail polish. The eyes received the customary white matte painted dot for the eye reflection. I think she looks like a young blonde Bette Davis.  I intend to use this quilt in my future workshops/lectures regarding color, value and realism in portrait quilts. Fun times!!

This is a close up of the hair and face. I embellished very little on this project because it stood by itself. I thought the hair needed more light reflection and used a white metallic paint in those areas as well as a bit of the same paint in the center eye area. The lower lip got a touch of silver glitter nail polish. The eyes received the customary white matte painted dot for the eye reflection. I think she looks like a young blonde Bette Davis.

I intend to use this quilt in my future workshops/lectures regarding color, value and realism in portrait quilts. Fun times!!