|directly to the south...|
|to the left|
|to the right|
As I looked closer at some of the photos, I noticed just how wet those fields were! I love the water in this one, and so I decided to incorporate a bit of that spring flooding into the new piece.
THIS was the one I wanted! I liked the orangy-reds and browns in it too, though I liked the original sky & cattails from the first one. Off I went...
|painting a new sky|
I put it all together onto a good stabilizer and away I went... After a couple of afternoons of free machine stitching the field, trees, and the outline of the heavy storm clouds, I was ready to begin hand stitching. I filled in some deeper tones and highlights into the grasses. I love stitching grass. LOVE. I darkened the edges around the flooded parts of the field. I stitched out some French Knots to serve as the bumpy dried cattail puffs that were left on the stalks from the year before.
|Aglow II, 2013 Commission for M.|
Seriously - I knocked my socks off myself! I LOVE this! Standing back to look at this, I get all teared up. It takes my breath away. I still can't believe I did this. I must sound completely ridiculous. (It's not wrong to be excited by your own work, right?) I am jumping up and down over this. I often go through the unfinished, 'ugly phase' in disbelief that I can pull it off. Then I pick up a hand stitching needle and the magic begins. I am so proud of this piece! I hope that 'M' loves it too. #1 - this is only possible with a gazillion shades of all the right greens. I cannot stress that enough. #2 - never be afraid of hand stitching. Quilts... abstract fibre art... threadpainting... hand embroidery always manages to take the 'beauty' factor up a notch.
Tomorrow, I'm off to the framer so she can work her magic. ; )