Rita’s CONTRAST: An Alley in Prague, Czech Republic
When our son graduated from UTAustin he joined the Navy, was commissioned as an officer and eventually assigned to a station in Rota, Spain. In that same era, Randy was working at McLennan Community College and had become friends with a young lady from the Czech Republic. Gaby later graduated from North Texas University (majored in photography), taught for MCC, and returned home and taught at the University of Brno. So in the summer of 2004, Randy and I, and our daughter, Lisa, decided to travel to Spain and were invited to take a side trip to Prague to visit Gaby. She was our tour guide, interpreter, food adventurer, and good will ambassador. When she would “get lost” (how would we know?), she would raise her hand and announce, “I have it under control.” What a wonderful adventure in a magnificent city.
Then, on the way to visit a centuries old castle, our “under control” guide walked us through a sun lighted alley, grey brick walls, exposed drain pipes, typically littered – and beautiful pink hollyhocks growing out of the pavement around a drain pipe. We noticed and walked by. As an afterthought, our photographer daughter un-shouldered her camera, turned on her heel, snapped one image in black and white and we moved on. Now, years later I have my CONTRAST.
The image is done in raw edge fused appliqué. I used a method I learned in a class taught by Lenore Crawford from Quilting Adventures in New Braunfels, Texas. After the fabric was put in place, a little paint, a little embroidery and a little Micron pen was used for shading and detail. The quilting was done around all the sharp edges (not the shadows). The small flange was a technique I learned from a Thimbleberries Block of the Month class. This is then bound with a classic quilt binding.
And yes, I remembered the hollyhocks were bright pink!