I have embraced many aspects of working in fiber arts, but my true love is my miniature 5″ x 7 ” Thread Painting Landscapes.
Many of these pieces have been done on commission. And when I am free from long arm quilting responsibilities, I reach for my small thread painting works in progress to feed my soul in releasing my creative energies.
They can be incredibly intense and time consuming, and yet they bring me such joy.
I love in this small size how a stitch can become a blade of grass, myriad leaves in the background, or the light hitting the edge of a branch or leaf and highlighting it. Here I love the play of light from behind and how it casts evening shadows onto the grasses.
Here my challenge was to capture the intense rose of the morning sky and reflect it in the lake behind the silhouetted trees. My art is primitive at times, but I am going for the feeling of a place rather than the photographic reproduction of something. And of course I revel in color!!!!!
You may have noticed I love trees. They are my personal spiritual totem in many ways. I am drawn to how they are anchored here on earth, but constantly reaching towards the heavens. I love the lines they have and the many forms, and they ways they can either obscure light or open to it.
Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia I am never at a loss for subject matter. The simplest view, like these old pines just over the top of a hill, provide me with challenges and joy.
I am often asked about my technique for thread painting. I thought I’d show you some pieces that I have already prepped at the start they are before thread painting. Later I will show you the finished pieces.
For me this process of creating a fabric collage that gives me contrasts and a color field to work on is the launching place for my creative fun in the thread painting process. From here I do layer after layer of threads that blend and minx and give detail and texture to the work.
I do realize that for some people this collage process is an art worthy for display in itself. And I could stop stop now and put these under glass and frame them as is. But to me they are not complete without more of the work I love.
This was a piece I loved working on and I loved creating. I finally was able to complete it to my satisfaction. After all the quilting and thread painting. I added Swarovski crystals as starlight in the background. I then added a backing and binding fo the same material I had used for the ashes.
I am very happy for the piece. i also am very happy that like the Phoenix, I too am slowly having a rebirth from the ashes of my lost relationship. I will survive. And I will go on to create!
I had a great time quilting and thread painting Phoenix Rising wall hanging. I used a smokey dark thread for the background, and a golden thread for the phoenix herself. I used the threads to represent unseen flames and wisps of smoke in the background, and the create feather patterns on the phoenix.
I love to do commission work. I know a lot of artists don’t because there are so many variables to making a client happy. My artwork is so personal and unique to me. I explain very carefully how I have my own style of work and that I have a color palette that inspires me. I am happy, and in fact thrilled, when someone presents a photo to me of their beloved farm or home or pet and then allows me the freedom to create a one of a kind work of art based on that image.
I’ve been very grateful for the people who have trusted me over the last few years to create work s for them. Not only have they and I been very happy with the results, but each project forces me to grow a little more as an artist. I’m going to put a few of the pieces I’ve been proud of here to share.