Dear Tina & friends,
I had so much fun participating in the stitched postcard challenge! Believe me, it was a challenge with the sewing for a non-sewer but always nice to stretch myself! I first created the painting with the “celebration” theme in mind. I was thinking about nature and how I always feel so good being outside. I had brought a bunch of bright, happy flowers from my garden into the studio and was rocking out to the The Zac Brown Band. I love how their music always gets my juices flowing and makes me want to dance! They lyrics, “live inside this day” resonated with me so I added them to the piece. My friend Kathy showed me how to make french knots so I added some “3D polka dots” along with the stitching on the flowers. I really like how it came out and the risks I took with the sewing. Who knows, you might just see sewing creeping up in other work!
My postcard is presently traveling to the UK! I hope it arrives safely and I can’t wait to share the one I receive from this swap!
How can you CELEBERATE this day?
For my BIG stitch swap postcard I explored a new direction I am planning on heading with my drawing (however, I have been on this path since the Spring I just hadn’t realized it until this project). I sat along the Wappoo Cut River in Charleston and drew this loblolly pine. Trees are the subject I am going to be exploring for the next few months…and I suspect years. I should say ‘returning’ because I have been fascinated with trees ever since….well, since I can remember. As a kid I loved trees for climbing and fort building. Drawing in high school and learning to paint in college I always made my way back to the tree and branch imagery. I haven’t changed all that much in terms of what I am interested in as a person. It is good to realize that once in awhile so I feel that this life actually does make sense! Anyhooo, I used my square stencil to create the pattern in the tree and added the colored thread as a different line quality to lead the eye around the composition. This might be pushing the edge for what ‘sewing’ is, but I am going to claim that it qualifies!
I am really thrilled to send this to Sharon in the UK. I hope she likes it as much as I enjoyed creating it.