Can You Pick the Vanishing Point?

Posted by Anita on 6 October 2019 | 0 Comments

Perspective can be an important element of art quilting depending on your style of quilting and what you want to portray. If your work is abstract, perspective may or may not be important to a particular piece.

If you wish to create realistic pieces that show distance you need a knowledge of perspective. There are a number of ways to indicate perspective in your quilts, diminishing sizes, overlapping, and linear perspective. Any and all of these methods may be used in one piece depending on what you want to portray.

One of the “Ah-Hah” moments in my life was when a teacher pointed out that even clouds have perspective. I see this often here in NW Central Washington, USA. The vast open plains of the area viewed from a hilltop make for wonderful sky viewing as the clouds float overhead.

This painting by Edward Hopper has a wonderful sense of distance. Look at how the clouds are depicted. The lines of the clouds and the waves all lead to a vanishing point to the right and off the edge of the painting.

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“Ground Swell” Edward Hopper, 1939, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, William A. Clark Fund) National Gallery of Art (license of use)


“Ground Swell” Edward Hopper, 1939, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, William A. Clark Fund) National Gallery of Art

One of my class examples with perspective is this tiny quilt with a tile floor. It is 8x10”. Can you see where the lines lead to the vanishing point in the quilt?

persective class example

Anita's class sample

.... Anita Eaton


Anita teaches a wonderful online workshop exploring the various forms of perspective for use in art quilts from realistic to abstract images. Use of texture, color, line, and optical illusions to create depth in the quilt is the main feature of the class. Read more....

 

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