I was hoping to enter the show at the Whistler Gallery in Lowell this year. It is a wonderful art gallery that exhibits art quilts once a year during the Lowell Quilt Festival. I was so pleased to get juried in two years ago and even more delighted to win a juror's award. Somehow I missed the deadline last year, but thought that I would use the quilts that were not accepted into Visions this year. I was so disappointed when the prospectus said that it had a theme this year (I should have remembered that they do a theme every other year) and that the theme was to make a quilt inspired my a famous painting, sculpture or mural. I was a little surprised that a prestigious gallery would have such a theme, especially after the recent thread on the Quiltart discussion on copyright.
I have this Van Gogh print in my home and have always loved the colors. It looks great in my family room and I though it would be fun to make an abstraction of it. I never intended to copy it. I fiddled around with hand dyed fabric that I had and made some false starts and used up a lot of fabric dong it. So I spent one weekend dyeing new fabric and two weeks of lots and lots of piecing and quilting and came up with this.
I knew it wasn't right. I had doubts about it from the beginning, but kept thinking it would get better as I went along. I made a lot of corrections and then thought that it would be helped by mega quilting. The quilting did not make it look any better, even though I liked the quilting. It was like putting lipstick on a pig.
I held it up in front of my small quilt group on Friday to deafening silence. No one knew what to say. Ouch! Then came murmurs of: It needs a focal point, it has no depth, maybe some beads, maybe some couching, cut it up and sew it back together, etc., etc. etc. At that point I just felt like throwing it in the garbage or putting it through the shredder (wouldn't fit).
But I came home and put it on my design wall and have been looking at it for two days.
So I am putting on my suit of armor and asking for advice. Should I just cut my losses and run? Is there anyway it is fixable? Remember that it is heavily quilted. I am open to any and all suggestions, including giving it to the dog. (don't have a dog, but you know what I mean.)