Thursday, April 29, 2010

A different Kind of spring

A Different Kind of Spring
Spring is different along the trail. It is not like spring in my garden, there are no pinks or purples, no bursting blooms. There are no feathery limbs or blankets of lawn. It is greener much greener the creek is green, the trees shrubs and fields are green, green is everywhere.
Oh there are flowers.
There are flowers, but you have to hunt for them, underneath the leaves and the shrubs. They are not pink or purple nor are they red. They are white or yellow, they are subtle understated and protected not showy, or loud. 
It's a rest for the eyes.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spring on Salt Creek Trail

Spring has burst onto Salt Creek Trail this year, it seems one day it was cold, bare and frozen, and the very next day a warm breeze blew the spring into the trees in a kalidascope of varigated greens. I am so distracted, as each breeze tugs at me, each new sound, each scent pulls me this way and that, begging for my attention "pick me! pick me!" I don't know which way to turn!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Stitching Practice

Practice Makes Perfect 
I have been practicing stitched tree trunks for my Salt creek in the Snow piece. The practice piece has distant and closer trees with the creek in the background and dried grasses in the foreground. I can tell already that the final piece will need a more closely woven, more tightly hooped fabric, to hold the tight zigzag stitch I used on the distant trees.
The different types of trees were created by using darker and lighter threads in the bobbin and top of the machiene and distance was created by varying the width and placement of the trees realitive to one another. 
Here is a closer look at the thread variations on my practice piece you can also see the pulling.
I will need a stablizer on my final finished piece.
For closer tree trunks I will use a strait stitch in varying tones from light to dark to suggest roundness and closer detail. I will also paint in a light blue shadow on the ground to suggest the way the light is shining.
You can see the shadows painted in on this practice piece. Some of my silk painting bled on this piece so I am using it for practice. I did not yet stabilize and I can see pulling in the zigzag stitched trees.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The birds are back on Salt Creek Trail

                                                           Spring arrives on Salt Creek Trail 
      Well at least the birds have arrived! Canadian Geese trolling the banks of Salt Creek for secluded nesting sites, Mallards, and Wood Ducks scooping out nests in the remaining fall leaves and Robins well, the Robins have a secret. They say the early bird gets the worm but the really early Robin gets the best nesting site, the best mate, and a early start on reproduction with possibly two clutches of eggs and hatchlings. The Robins around here have secretly been wintering in the woods along Salt Creek Trail and had a head start on nesting spots in the neighborhoods this year. I've been seeing them in the woods all winter. They were in the yards as early as end of February. I don't have any close up pics of robins.