The starling is finished and ready to go to the Audubon sale. I painted the edges of the little gallery-wrapped canvas black. Kelly asked how I was going to attach it to the canvas. Glue.
June said she liked the bird better before the stitching. Yeah, I know what you mean, June. I always like the really stark, graphic look of the unstitched fabrics too. I never know exactly what stitching will do to the work. Usually it really does make it better. In this case, maybe not. Maybe not worse, but certainly different. There was something really kind of grabby about the initial, beginning, unworked fabric. Remember?
Judy liked the blue background the best. The photo is not good. That background fabric is actually green and it was the fabric I really thought I would like the best from the very beginning. (It's a dandy print, isn't it? I have it in two colorways and I adore both.) But when I tried it out I felt like it was really too much pattern and kind of swallowed the bird. Also kind of a different character about that print from the bird and its prints. I like that background piece that I used. And I can thank my friend Jeri for that. She seems to find these incredible prints, but she never uses them and ends up giving them to me. So for the sake of protecting one of my best sources, I am not telling you her last name or where she lives!