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Monday, 18 July 2011

It's Good to Be Sketchy.

What better way to spend a hot summer than to lie around outside and draw flowers?  Yesterday I laid on the deck after supper and worked on these drawings while sipping ice cold pear cider.  (mmmm!!!)  I now offically have a good selections of wildflowers ready for Jesica's quilt.  Nailing that Lady Slipper made it all easy after that.  Here's snapshots of the pages if you want to see.  They are all worked from photo to sketch to continuous line drawing.  When I got to one I liked, I drew directional sequence arrows to remind me where to start when I free motion stitch them.

Prairie Lilies

Crocus

Blue Bells / Hare Bell

Blue Bell / Hare Bell with #s  (and dandelions I won't use)

Shooting Star

the Lady Slippers from last week's post.

So there they are.  You can click on any of them to see them bigger.  All of the plants are native to the prairies.  There's a few more, but I won't bore you (Rudbeckia and Lady's Mantle).  Now to work on an arrangement.  I'm not sure if I will link them all.  I suppose I could work each one from the edge of the quilt, so the start points will be eventually under the binding.  hmmm.  One thing for sure - I feel really great after each hurdle.  I was pretty nervous about all this.  Want to see how I manage my anxiety?

Flax at Jackfish (WIP)

I put together this background on Friday.  It's based on that photo my mom got me.  The lower 2/3 of the piece will be periwinkle-colored French Knots. 
after 2 days of stitching...

So far I have half of that blue covered with hundreds and hundred of knots.  lol  It's something small I can take along to the waterparks and work on when my kids play.  As I work my way down the piece, the green will show and the knots will be bigger as well as less dense.  So far so good!  I love the sky and the hills on the other side of the lake.  I couched a lot of colored strings onto there.  : )

See you tomorrow!
~Monika

5 comments:

Lauren said...

Thank you. Every now and then I am reminded that I really am not an artist, and I really am grateful. It's like a relief to stop beating myself up for not being better at my attempts. I am creative and occasionally crafty, but an artist I am not. I don't have the patience or the drive to work at something like that and keep trying until it works. I love reading/ seeing these little glimpses into your process and the results. You are awesome : )

LynCC said...

Your works never cease to amaze me. I love watching the thread art pieces emerge. :D

elle said...

Brilliant! The crocus is my favorite sketch. Ladyslipper, too. And bumps in the sky for clouds... now why didn't I think of that. You are so smart! ;)

Sheila said...

I learn something everytime I read your posts , thanks for the inspiration and love your work.

Cheryl (Grandma Coco) said...

This one's going to be spectacular. I think one of the reasons you succeed is your fearlessness. There's an excitement in the things you attempt without knowing they'll work. And then, of course, they DO work. It's fun to watch you.

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