Monday, February 20, 2012
A Couple of my Landscapes
The one of the left was a commission. A gal sent me 3 pictures she wanted combined into 1 picture. The 3 are shown together above the wallhanging. One is a picture (taken through a glass window) of a sunset. Below it is a painting of 3 horses running through water. The 3rd is a photo of her friend's view from his house.
The job was to combine the 3 pictures into a single landscape, which I think I did successfully. (She was quite thrilled with the result!) The wall hanging is all fabric. I used a combination of commercial prints and batiks and hand-dyed cottons. I also painted (with water color pencils) the sunset, as I couldn't find a fabric that looked like what I needed. "When in need, make it yourself!"
The landscape on the right is also created completely in fabric and thread (as that is what I do!) I made this for my cousin's 50th birthday. He lives in Phoenix and I found a photo on Google Earth of Camel Back Mountain there. I used the photo as inspiration for my artwork. I have to say, this was the hardest landscape I have ever done. I will also admit that I like how it came out!
Batiks and hand-dyes were a great source for most of the fabrics. I also did a lot of thread painting for details like grasses. (See the detailed photo) And, once again, I painted the sunset with my water color pencils. I love the challenge of finding just the right textures and colors in various fabrics to create pieces of my pictures, but the skies, if I want them to look somewhat realistic, have been too much of a challenge to find!
I had scraps of fabric from my experiments with the sky and decided to use a piece for my label on the back, which is also pictured.