I was reading Ann Brauer's recent post on making the same piece more than once - good or bad? She will. I will. I am. I think I learn a lot each time. Each one ends up a bit more evolved than the last. It refines your techniques. And though I expected repeating a design to be boring, it isn't. I'm making Summer again and it's a completely different experience. Work in progress:
This is Summer 2, and is the scene while driving to North Battleford along the North Saskatchewan river valley. The non-embellished green is the 'other side' and the blue is the Table Mountain range. The It's 5x7 and awaiting stitched birds in the sky. Maybe a pair? Maybe a flock in a V? We'll see. The sky is painted cloth. I am not stitching it.
The funny thing is that, to me, this piece could be done. Two people have seen my unfinished work and commented that there needs to be something for the eye to look at. I know that in theory. But for me, there is LOTS to look at. Just look at all that sky!! ; ) Really, what more do you need!? : ) I look at this and my shoulders go down. I can breathe.
Is this my mom's fault? It must run in our blood. Do you know I share her birthday? She visited me once in Calgary after my water broke with my first pregnancy. She was in a state of panic with the Rockies right there beside the city. She didn't last, and escaped on the next Greyhound back to the prairies. She missed the birth of my first child because the landscape made her claustrophobic! Isn't that funny?
And so, why can't this piece be done as is? I think it's beautiful. (but I will add the birds...)
After piecing the top for the Spring Sunrise, I decided to give this a try. This photo was taken in December of 2009. It's the Winter Solstice Sunrise.
|those are my children's fingerprints all over the screen! ;P|
It was an incredible morning where we had thought we wouldn't be able to see the sun come up. Those dark clouds just about the horizon were thick as a brick wall. I was about to drive home when all of a sudden up it came! It was gorgeous. I made this postcard from it last year (teeny - 4x6").
This Saturday, I put it back up on my computer screen and worked away at the cutting table with the batiks I do not love. And I put this together!
It's a perfect rendition so far, but seriously - who on earth would hang this one in their home? It looks so unreal. Someone will love it. I will put the photo's road & telephone poles along the horizon because I feel it's such a prairie signature. It's a little shocking to the eye. Very strong. It definitely needs to be in the right room with the right decor.
Okay, back to those french knots in the bright and sunny canola field! See you tomorrow for Tips on Tuesday, featuring my friend Bee. Don't miss it. And for all the locals, Guild Meet is tonight! Please bring things for the garage sale at 6:30. Email me if you need extra tables. : )