Sunday, 19 March 2017

Nature inspires contemplation

Nature inspires Contemplation

This work was inspired by my cottage in the woods.  I am lucky enough to have the time and opportunity to spend lots of time in the summer up there, in the gorgeous Laurentian Mountains of Quebec.  Many loved ones have grown to love this special place as much as I do.  I began this piece with the drawing of the canoe, and then worked the composition around it.

The figure is taken from one of my photos, changed in Adobe and printed  on to water soluble paper.  I find this is a great way to add elements to work easily.  I add a layer of silk organza, and then I can stitch on top of that. Easy as pie!


The trees are created with a completely different technique.  Free motion stitchery, and then I used wax crayons for the reflection.    This work is inspired by my home away from home, and has elements of this place, but doesn't actually reflect the lake or the mountains.  I am not able to compete directly with mother nature.  You will need to come and see it for yourself!                                                                                                                                                        

Where are we going from here?

Where are We Going from Here?

 This is the finished work, (my previous post is this piece, in progress).  Thoughts the germinated while I was working on this were primarily about our political world.  How we seem to be so confused about priorities and threats. 
This is a shot on the angle.  I did free motion stitch inspirational thoughts into the lower half of the work.  One cannot necessarily read the sayings, unless truly motivated to get 'up and personal' , but then the words just 'read' as another design element (I hope).

 
detail of some of the figures.  As previously noted on some of my other work, these figures are inspired by photographs I have taken during my travels.