|Here i go!|
I do not like to fill in existing pictures or templates. With this landscape, it's pretty straight forward, and so I begin with a big blank slate. It's about 20" x 40". There is my monitor in view, with an image of grazing bison I took in 2013 on my way back from teaching out of town. THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL. It was Spring. With spring so very close on the calendar, I was very drawn to recreating this.
I snipped and I snipped. I tried to pull out colours that I could see, hidden within the photo. I am telling you I honestly did see orange and purple. : ) I have bags and bags of hand dyes and batiks. I typically use them for classes and 4x6 fibre art, but this time I thought they would make great paint palettes!
|20 x 40 inch 'puzzle painting'|
It was fun! I have no idea how to stitch it. I certainly enjoyed the process. I spent all weekend placing diamond shaped pieces. It was like sitting at a big table, working on a puzzle at the cabin. That's exactly what it felt like! I was relaxing while assembling a giant puzzle. I was totally focused. "Hmmmm... where does this piece go? Ah! There." "Hmmmm... where does this piece go? Ah! There." Over, and over again. It's cool because that is how I taught the children to do fabric landscapes, like a game of matching or I Spy with bits of cloth. Stepping back to check on the big-picture progress was so rewarding.
* * * Don't mind my ADHD, but after 2 days of saturating myself with creating, I realized: OMG I have Gardenscape Art Show & Sale to produce for! And I have to prepare for classes and a lecture for a Spring Weekend Retreat 4 hours away. Isn't it tax season too? Needless to say, this whole new project is now set aside to the back burner. It's not that I shouldn't have started it. I certainly needed to get that out of my system. However, there are so many things coming up fast and I need to prepare for those.
Every year on this blog, I have had a post titled, 'March: in like a lion, out like a lion.' It's a good thing the longer hours of sunlight also bring on a big surge of energy and productivity.
Late last night, after my whole family had gone to bed, I couldn't sleep. Maybe it's that big bright moon. My head and heart were swimming with ideas, still in creation mode. I knew I wasn't able to let it go, so I headed back to the studio around midnight. I thought I may as well since I had all my 'paints' out. With some left over pieces, I assembled a 12x12 inch top for an art quilt. I'm so glad I did! I love this! It's simple, but it's enough. It's such a good memory of a beautiful moment.
|work in progress|
After all that, I had a good night's sleep. I'm ready for you, March. : )
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