I have finally completed a couple of small pieces to start the year. These are for 2 of my friends and will be given to them tomorrow. We decided to exchange 5x7 pieces of art and thought it might be best to wait until after the holidays after things had settled down a bit. This first piece is called '17 Mile Drive'. This is based on a picture I took on a trip to California last year. I love the trees along the coast of Monterrey Bay that look like they are just handing onto the rocks above the water. I used commercial fabrics for everything but the sky/water which is hand painted. I used colored pencils to add highlights and shading to the tree trunk and rocks. This is for my friend Suzanne.
The second piece is call 'Tuscan View' and is based on a picture that I took in Italy a couple of years ago. My friend Vickie will be receiving this. She went to Italy this year and I thought this might remind her of her trip. The center landscape is all commercial fabrics. The arch is painted warm and natural. It was a bear to sew through since behind it is some of the landscape, another layer of batting, stabilizer and the backing. I snapped 2 needles on the quilting.
These were fun little pieces to create but I need to get busy on some serious work.