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* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
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Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park

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Monday, 13 January 2014

First Finish of 2014!

Lookie!  I'm done.  I started this last month.  It's all yarn and it's all done by hand.  I've been debating whether to show you the source photo first or last.  I sent a sneak peek to a woman I met in one of my classes and she nailed it!  I was pretty happy about that!  Whew.  So I guess I'll show you the source photo last...

Where Sunlight Falls, 2014

* * * You can click on the image to see it larger on your computer screen.  It IS larger than most of my hand stitched work.  That was the point.  I wanted to get bigger with my work, but closer with the subject matter.  Where Sunlight Falls is 6x15" and it took many, many nights.  Sorry - it's not for sale.  This piece was made just for me on my downtime between shows and commission.  It was a good diversion and (what I think) is a step forward for my creativity.  I wanted to see if I could move away from copying.  I am good at copying.  Copying is easy.  I am not good at abstract.  So this is a step toward impressionism.  I am feeling so good about it.  I feel like I really pulled it off.  It turned out how I hoped it would, matching the vision in my big fat imagination.

Where Sunlight Falls, 2014 - detail.  This is nearly actual size.

So - the source... what inspired this?  G. totally guessed it.  It was from last summer, on my way to my mother's cabin.  I drove down that familiar old gravel road off the highway.  THE DITCHES!  Oh the ditches in July were just overflowing with teenie flowers.  It was hot, hot and super sunny that day.  The thing I loved about the photo I took was the height of sunshine and the intense depth of shade.

In my work, I increased the contrast to emphasize what my heart saw.  : )  I had some pretty intense feelings when looking down into this ditch.  Like I've said before, when I die please bury me in a ditch on the prairie. : )  Then you'd never have to bring me cut flowers.  hehe


Verna G said...

Lovely Monica! I'm glad its not for sale as my husband loved it!

monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

Hehe. My biggest fan? (:

Threadpainter said...

Stunning Monika ! … great depth and gorgeous colours and contrast !
I wish your wishes could come true ! Not really, but I understand.

Megan said...

That is so amazing. I love the yellow through it, is it needle felted in? It really adds the some depth I think. So delightful and excellent that you've made it just for yourself!

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HollyM said...

I love the colors, textures and the depth. It is so nice to do a personal piece that is just for you.
How will you display this piece?

Kate said...

It's beautiful, Monika!

Anonymous said...

that just sings 'hot summer day on the prairies'! beautiful!
and how nice you made something for yourself - about time!

Dolores said...

Way to go. It's very nice indeed.

Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Um belo, harmonioso e agradável casamento de azuis, verdes e amarelos... Com tanta neve e frio do lado de fora este trabalho floriu e encheu de sol sua oficina.
Um abraço!

A beautiful, harmonious and agreeable wedding blues, greens and yellows ... With so much snow and cold outside this work flourished and sun filled his workshop.

Lin said...

Please can I join you in the ditch!
Love it - beautiful stitch, gorgous colour and a lovely result. xx

Judy Wood said...

Wonderful colour and texture. I agree, the ditches were inspiring last summer.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

This is a beautiful piece. Amazing colours.

Yvette Niesel said...

Nothing more to say, but


carolyndawn said...

Splendiferous - if there is such a word. And if there is not such a word, then who cares.

Bernie said...

I love that you stretched your own boundaries by not copying (your word) and by being inspired and pushing the limits. I think it turned out incredibly well -- I love that sunshine and the flowers. Very lush with such depths and colours. Glad it is for you.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Fabulously stitched and the colour combinations are wonderful! I especially like the blues.

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