Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Van Goghs Olive Trees

You have probably noticed that lately I have kind of been jumping around from one art media to another. I find myself in that state of mind where I have so many things that I want to try or do but can’t quite seem to decide which one to pursue. I hate it when I get this way. I wish I could just decide on one or two things and concentrate on improving my skills in those areas.

Looking now at my last post, that little piece seems kind of pathetic really. A child could have done better. But then again I was just playing around with a new technique and some new supplies.

As an example of what I am talking about, I wanted to see if I could do a small (thread painted) landscape. I was looking through my ever growing collection of images and decided to use this piece as my starting point.

Vincent Van Gogh-The Olive Trees-1889

Not having any formal background in Art, I did not realize until recently that the great painters often painted the same piece numerous times, changing the colors with each painting. So this is one version. I really have no idea how many color ways there are of this particular piece.

This is my attempt that I recently finished:

*click on images to see a larger version*

This piece is not actually matted as of yet. I added the mat through Paint Shop Pro. I am still actually trying to decide how to mount it.

I wish that I had kept track of how long it took me to do this. I worked on it sporadically for 2 or 3 days. It is printed on silk with a piece of muslin acting as a stabilizer. I used rayon machine embroidery threads. The embroidered area measures 5” x 7”.

Autumn's Glory

I worked on this little piece off and on over the past week. It is my first "stab" at doing hand needle felting, which is something I have been wanting to try. I cut pieces of felt for the ground, tree and sun. I then needle felted wool roving onto the ground piece and the tree trunk. The tree "leaves" are nylon tops. Then I added a little bit of hand stitching. It measures 4" x 6".

Autumn's Glory

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Autumn Nights and Lights

I'm late doing this, but I came across this on Baumcat's blog, who came across it on NatureTrail's blog, who came across it on RedLupin's blog. Thought I would add my pic too it.

This is what we did last weekend. We sat out on the deck for several hours with a fire going. There was a beautiful full moon both nights.

Here's my entry into Autumn lights and nights.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Fall is in the Air

It has been raining the past couple of days and it is cooler. I had hoped to get into my studio and create something. I thought I would get a chance yesterday, but it just didn’t happen.

Since the start of fall is not that far away, I thought I would share this photo with you. It is of a diptych piece that I made a couple of years ago using fall colors. I chose the Sherrill Kahn fabric as the focal and pulled the colors from it to use as the accents. At the present time it hangs in the kitchen/dining area.

Sorry for the poor quality of photo. I’ve played and played with this trying to make it better.

I free motion quilted it using a different design for each section.

Each completed panel measures 18 x 22 inches. I initially made them larger so that I would be able to stretch them onto stretcher bar frames.

The top photo has been manipulated to place these pieces onto a black background. I do not have black walls. LOL!