Caro Higgs – Artist style #3

Moving to colour I was inspired by Seurat’s study for ‘The Circus’ to create my Study for ‘The Lochan’, a photograph I took of a favourite place in Scotland. (I have failed to mention that all my Seurat pieces are based on water and reflections.)

The Circus was his last painting and remained unfinished at the time of his death. The study attracted me due to the lines, marks and limited colour palette with which he outlined the principle items/people before working in more detail, in the Neo-Impressionist style. I like the idea of loosely stitching the outlines as in a sketch but with needle and thread, the idea is to develop this further for a second piece.

Worked on the same cotton sheeting as the previous two, as this time it mimics canvas rather than paper, and hand stitched with variegated cotton threads and a little shading with crayons. The use of threads gives much finer lines than a paint brush and oil paint but it helps identify which details are necessary. I used crayons to add touches of colour to add some depth to the piece. The border stitching also mimics the marks Seurat made to frame his study. The colours used are fairly true to nature. I have found this a really useful exercise, it has really helped me to see where I want the next piece to go.

  1. Love the way you use Serrault as a mentor for your own studies. Great idea and perfect execution!

  2. Chantal Guillermet

    Everything is suggested with great delicacy; and the embroidery work is of a great regularity. Bravo !

  3. Bella Kaplan

    The choice of color is very interesting and so is the embroidery work you have done.

  4. The subdued use of color here is very effective.

  5. Maryte Collard

    A very interesting minimalistic piece really shows that less can be more.

  6. studiociboulette

    Seurat of course is all about little dots of colour and your stitching suggest that very effectively. Beautiful work!

  7. Wonderful use of thread and crayon. Great attention to detail is what brings this quilt to life.

  8. A minimalistic but very effective piece. Beautiful embroidery! The little dots in the upper part leave no doubt that this is inspired by Seurat. Lovely!

  9. I like the composition of your piece. Very good hand embroidery as always. I love the subtle colors you used.

  10. By using minimal, but beautiful, stitching and a simple outline design you have created a very serene piece of work. I’m looking forward to see how this develops next time.

  11. I so much love your beautiful meticulous stitching and subtle colours. It makes me looking very much forward to how your next piece will develop.

  12. joanbrailsford

    Such a beautiful delicate piece, and very well thought out. I love the way that your stithcing mimics the tentative sketch lines made in the artist’s study. Lookng forward to where this piece takes you

  13. Your great attention to detail and your beautiful stitches in your composition does remind me of Seurat’s pointillism style like in his sketch and study for ‘the Circus’. Can’t wait to see how it develops in your next art piece. Well done!

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