I still have that practice today, which has helped me tremendously in business, and is part of the reason I like Nancy's classes so much.
I am one of those who pays attention to all of the elements and in this case she asked for a lot.
a. an area of predominantly flat color
b. an area of mixed flat and bright colors.
c. A calm area
d. A more complex area
e. shapes that fell into the background
f. shapes that pierced through the foreground
g. areas of color that twinkled against the background
h. a variance of scale from all big to all small
Some things I learned: I learned much more about color than I thought possible. I think that the addition of some of the flat colors really makes the depth work. I never combined scale of line work- usually I work in all think or all thin. This piece forced me to work in both, and I think it adds richness. I even "discovered" a way to inset my lines more precisely which I have already started to use. I initially went overboard and created a composition that was all flat. Adding the pops of intense color gives this interest. And for the first time I actually carved up my background more ( the green area) with pieced lines instead of only relying on the piecing.
Another experiment was to try different kinds of line work for my quilting. I quilted the background abandoning the parallel lines and instead did more frenetic line work. The jury is still out on that one.
As always I love the backside almost as much as the front side and I am seriously considering trying a whole cloth piece just with line work.Now if I could only quilt as well as Sandra Palmer Ciolino.
This piece will probably not be entered or shown anywhere. It may even turn into a lap quilt for one of the sofas, but it is a really important piece to me as it was a wonderful instruction tool.