30" X 23"
Designed, Raw edged fused applique, Shiva paint sticks
& machine quilted .
Since this was a complicated photo I began by eliminating the post on the right hand side and then drew out the photograph on a grid so that I was sure not to lose the perspective.
Then I chose my fabric and used shiva paint sticks to paint the shadows under the bridges.
I did this before placing the bridge on top and trying to paint under it later.
I fused the fabric and then cut out the shapes and began applying them to my batting on my design wall. I wanted the buildings to be a bit uneven and free cut rather than
straight up and down precise. I think it adds interest and movement across the piece
I continued along the background areas before moving to the foreground.
When it was all together I began quilting and painting the reflection in the water.
I took the liberty to add the umbrellas to the people who were standing outside of the Cafe. It just seemed so "French, oui oui!".
I am pretty happy with the results. I thought about adding a border and opted for just the binding. I am not totally happy with that. Maybe it is too dark or maybe it could use a small border. I will stare at it a bit longer to decide.