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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Another Crewel Landscape in the Works

Thanks for all the well wishes everyone!  I've bounced back.  I lost a week, but got lots of stitching done.  I have been wrapping up the art I showed you on Sunday.  Oh my.  It's a LOT of stitching.  I loved every second of it.  Bear with me.  It's totally experimental.  Here's how it all started.  I had this photo last year on my cell phone.  I took it just before winter came along while heading back out of Sutherland Beach park one morning.

crappy cell phone pic of a beautiful moment

Back at home, I took out my pan pastels and picked out my favourite darks, lights and colours from the image above.  I tried to be loose and impressionistic like I was going for after taking the En Plein Air workshop with Bobbi Clackson-Walker.  (See Bobbi!?  You really inspired me!)

It felt amazing to do this.  I always aim for detail.  This really has none.  As I was painting it slowly. I noticed how the touches of colour off the applicator looked like squares or diamond shapes.  I have always loved geometrics.  I think that is what attracts me to cross stitch or the close up of some crewel work.  If you stitch 'satin stitch' of just a few fat stitches side by side, you get a square or diamond.  I have seen beautiful cross hatched embroideries in very, very old library books with the EAC.  I just love that look so much.

And so.  That is what I was going for when I posted on Sunday.  I was recreating my pastel art with fat yarn and one giant needle.

days and days and days later

It's not quite done.  I want to add some more 'leaning' and movement in the lower portion.  I'm considering incorporating some of the stalks I wisked in for the pastel version.  I have been rummaging through my stash looking for the right colour.  It can't be too distracting.  I love how the blues and greys look within the art and I'm thinking of using something similar to this, but maybe softer.

I don't know that it had turned out exactly as I had planned, but this combination of colour was so exciting to work with.  Likely - it was that bright chartreuse, love of my life.  : )  It just makes that orange highlighting kick.  Kazowee!

Thank you for looking.  I don't know if this is a style I will continue to explore, but I sure enjoyed the hand painting nature of it.

Have a great day!

Linking to WIP Wednesday @ TN&TN


HollyM said...

It is very pretty, Monica. I love the colors and your photo and sketch for reference.
I can't believe you've done it so quickly.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Looks wonderful to me!! great color

Andy Lloyd Williams said...

A brilliant interpretation of your photo - I love it and totally agree about the chartreuse - I use it a lot in embroidery. Thank you. Andy LW

Josette Guerin said...

c est sublime merci

Lin said...

Lovely. xx

Susan Barker said...

I love the way you explore art and then expand it to your own way! I am taking a course right now that helps to expand the artistic vision... maybe when I grow up I will learn to progress from a basic idea to something else... Thanks for showing the progress!

Threadpainter said...

Love, love, LOVE this !!!
Fabulous Monika and thanks for the thoughts and progress ;)

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