It's a work by Charley Harper of a cardinal. Jennifer said that she liked bright colors and also liked the highly stylized version of nature that Harper presented. I made quite a lot of sketches in my notebook until I finally decided to go in a different direction. Rather than worrying about the bird, or the colors, I thought about the concept of abstracting something in nature and building off of that.
I had also recently gotten Jacquie's new book, in which she covers a technique for making "pods" using curves. I thought those pods would make great abstracted fish. I also really liked the linearity of the Harper piece, so I used that idea to add the columns of bubble fabric (below). Before quilting, this was all pretty simple. I figured it needed to be spiced up a bit.
Leah Day's tutorials for "cave points" and "sea algae" to add more texture to the quilt. And finally, I added some bubbles/pebbles on the side to further echo the bubbles.
It ended up being very simple in design, but I think that was a good reminder to me that you can have impact without a lot of pieces or complicated colorwork. It was also a good chance for me to work with "negative space", especially with the quilting.