|my photo, east of Saskatoon 2009|
This is the first time I began looking at photos on the internet to get ideas. Some views showed a particular angle where you could see thicker blue (flatter) parts of the field, and thinner flower tops (on slopes) that exposed a lot of the greenery. So here's how I started.
|excuse the poor evening lighting...|
I really needed to walk away and 'sleep on it it' before going back to it. After hours of staring and studying (copyright free) flax field photos, here is how this piece was transformed.
The canola in the distance and the darkened horizon really adds great depth. I love it! The sky is painted, covered in mesh cloth, and stitched in wavy lines that really make the sky work with the lines in the land. I will redo the satin stitching since the variegated thread looks striped (yuck). I have a pale moon added into the upper right of this piece and POOF, it's done and I am so proud of it!
The french knots are made of cotton and fine rayon threads, mixed to create just the right color. No, Becky, I didn't count them yet. : ) But I will! Here's how I do it. If you can count how many french knots are in this 1 inch wide section, then you would multiply it by 8.
So, 119 per inch, times 8 inches = lots and lots of blue french knots. ; ) That's my answer and I'm stickin' to it.
Taking a break from a piece you feel stuck with is like giving art it's beauty rest. The same goes for this one that I showed you yesterday:
|work in progress: Spring on the Prairie (4? 5?)|
It's good, but it's not done. I pinned it up on the wall and left it. The next morning after a good night's sleep is when the magic happens. It took one glance and I knew what it needed. I got straight to work. It's just right now. Funny how that works!
|click to see it up close|
I completely love the storm cloud on the horizon with the clear blue sky above it. I stitched fine rayon blue-grey lines to suggest the heavy downpour. I couched on an indigo blue cord to set in the horizon, and I made sure the field still swayed loosely in front of it. Although this is a variation of the first Spring on the Prairie, this one is certainly my best.
Off to the lake we go!! Have a great long Victoria Day weekend!