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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Another Bird's Eye View
I am working on a second piece to submit to "Bird's Eye View". This one is also a scene from an airplane window, though drawn from imagination rather than a photo. I have always loved the way fields seen from above look like a patchwork, and how many different shades of green they are, depending on what crop is growing in the field. So this piece is as much a study of greens as it is a landscape. It makes me think of the farms in SE Idaho where I grew up. That area was really high desert and mountains that has been converted to rich, volcanic farmland with the magic application of water. This is where those "famous potatoes" come from, as well as sugar beets, wheat, safflower and many other crops. Above you can see all the pieces fused in place. I used many of my collection of green solid fabrics and used my pastels and watercolor crayons to add additional color and texture. I discovered a nifty way of making that dotty pattern. Tomorrow I will give you a little more info on that part of it.
Below you can see that I have started quilting. I am using variegated thread to add even another level of color and texture.