The most reproduced image of Michelangelo’s, the Creation of Adam, which is on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, was my inspiration for this quilt.
After I had the hands completed and placed on the background of clouds I thought the message was complete. The next day it just seemed unfinished. Yes, lesson learned, always sleep on it and it may look different the next morning.
There’s a bumper sticker that reads, “How cool, the same God that created the mountains decided the world also needed humans.” My design was now almost complete.
To merge the clouds and hands and mountains together took a bit of creative thinking. A photo was captured of the hands from the chapel ceiling. Next, a line drawing was made on a clear plastic sheet for the light to dark detail required in the hands. The hands are then made with a technique where 5 values of very light to very dark fabric are selected and used to illustrate the dimension in the hands. The mountains are then made by the same technique using only three values. Colored pencil has added a bit of shading.
When I had all three elements ready to assemble another dilemma developed. Do the hands go above the mountains or behind, or how far apart? Again, a good night’s sleep and the next morning I tossed the drawing of hands over the mountains and it worked and that is what you see. It is finished. Perhaps it was divine intervention.