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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Inspirations & Preparations

Half-way through putting the supplies together for the Creative Stitched Postcards Workshop I'm running tomorrow at Heritage, I got side tracked.  Hmmm.  It seems to happen a lot in my studio.  I think I'll blame it on the fact that I really should be cleaning it and sorting it all out.  Instead, I started looking through photos.  I need to think about a new collection for the next show & sale at Gardenscape.  I came across this one... I took it two years ago during the summer when everything was flooding.

I like the horizontal layers and vertical lines.  I picked out this one in particular, cropped it and set the contrast differently to bring out lines and colors.  I had never noticed the blues before!

I really like the potential with this one.  It would make a great chunky fibre panel to hang alone on the wall.  I'm going to do it in thread first.  So I sketched out the lines that will guide my stitches.

Next I put in the colors with pencil crayons.  I've been hanging on to this box of pencil crayons since I first moved to Calgary in 1996!  I bought them for a project I was doing at the time but I never ended up coloring it all in.  I knew they would get used sooner or later!

That was easy.  I'm glad I didn't bother hauling out wet paints for this.  Done.  I am looking forward to stitching this one!  And this one...

Summer 2010

...and this one...

Summer 2010

I love all the color and detail and water too.  It must be this 'winter drought' we are experiencing.  Still no snow and extremely mild...

Okay!  back to packing for tomorrow's workshop!  See you Sunday. : )


HollyM said...

I got 'side tracked today too'. I like all the photos but the ones with the blue areas are really pretty.

FabricandFlowers said...

Thanks for sharing your process. I love your work. I enjoy seeing things through your eyes and the decisions you make to create.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Love your second last photo Monika, the strips of blue/purple contrast nicely with the differing shades of green.

Bernie said...

The snow drought has ended - there is plenty out there now.
Hm - looking at your photo and wondering if I (who can hardly draw) should sketch out the landscape piece I've started upstairs. Stalling because a)I'm scared to stitch it and wreck it and b)waiting for my Mom's machine which likes free motion better than my machine. I like how it shows you where your emphasis for lines/colors should be.


PS Interested in the second Spring Art Show adn Sale at teh Forestry Farm?

Peg said...

Ooh....what fabulous projects. Wish I could see them finished in real, but will enjoy the on-line showings just as much!

Julieta said...

Mônica, são coisas lindas que você retrata, e, quando as borda, ficam ainda mais bonitas! Beijos. Julieta.

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