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Friday, 13 May 2011

What's in a Name?

Happy Friday the 13th!  The Spring Art Show & Sale is in about 2 weeks.  I spent the past few days working on this...

I am so happy with it!  It's heavily thread painted by machine, and then all the flowers were hand stitched.  If you click on it to look closer, you'll see blues, yellows, periwinkles, and white.  The big yellow and whites were the gigantic dandelions in the original photo.  Their stalks had red running through them.  There are lots of big french knots, medium ones, and even teeny ones in the distance.  Here's some detail of my work.

click for a closer look

I am so darn excited that I took the challenge of trying this one out.  I've had my eye on that original photo I took a year ago.  It just worked out so well.  I have the perfect sage green matting and white frame.  It really sings!  I just have one problem.  I simply cannot come up with a meaningful name for this one.  Want to help? 

Here's the story:  it's a hard and weathered post wrapped tightly in barbed wire.  The flowers are unaffected by that boundary.  They are growing abundantly - all gorgeous and loose and full of diversity too.  The have absolutely no order to them.  I think of High Contrast, but that's not pretty enough of a name.  Here is the original photo set in high contrast to bring out the variety colors you might not notice at first glance.

Any suggestions?  I would love help with this.

Thank you!!


Anonymous said...

'The Bold and the Beautiful'
This is my most favorite piece!!!!


Kati said...

This is really amazing. I'm always so impressed with what you come up with.

Anonymous said...

What about 'Wild Prairie'
It is very beautiful

LynCC said...

Monika, this is nothing short of breath-takingly stunning!!

name-thinking. . . Boundless something.... Unrestrained something..... Abundant Beauty..... ..... (I like how the flow of growth ignores that fence)

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

WOW this is truly beautiful. ...I absolutely love it.
Good suggestions for the name, I like the idea of reflecting your thoughts of no boundary.
Maybe that is it....No Boundaries??
Not Fenced In?? Prairie Garden??

It is wonderful, whatever you name it. :)

Jillsy Girl said...

Fabulous! I go with "No Boundaries"!

Anonymous said...

hmmm... keep trying! So close!! : )

I want to steer clear of negative words like "not" or "no". hmmm...

I like Boundless. or Unbound. hmmmm... are those negative?


Quilting By Jeannie said...

This is beautiful. I wish someday to do a landscape quilt.

Quilting By Jeannie said...

Wild Flowers, Country Roads, A Spring Morning

Sharon said...

So gorgeous! :)

My first thought was "Fenced In", but that didn't work because of the continuity of the grass & flowers. My other thought was "Not Always Greener" as in the grass really isn't always greener on the other side.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Oh, goodness this really turned out perfectly! I do enjoy all the wild flowers and the way you did the barbed wire! A name? How about Weathered Boundary or Barbed Wire Fields? Really beautiful!

Textile Tragic said...

My thought--before I read the comments--was "boundless beauty". The idea of boundless seems to be pretty popular here.

Patti said...

Really beautiful! How about "Sans Frontieres" ?

Wendy said...

Wild Spirit, Free Spirit, Something Freedom...

Jeane said...

What about Field of Dreams! I can remember as a child laying on a grassy field, watching the clouds drift by and dream away.

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