Sunday, July 29, 2018

Feel The Heat

Desert, Late Spring, mixed media textile collage

My take on the transition from tender Spring greenery to that intense Summer heat found in the desert (and seemingly everywhere right now from my vantage point of late July!) As I live in the arid region of Southern California, I feel a mild dread of what's to come - the record-breaking high temps that zap all my energy. The landscape cries thirst.

Desert, Late Spring, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

Yet there is a sear beauty to what the sun wreaks - it has such an intense power, an incredible presence. This cycle repeated endlessly over time. That germ of thought is what came to mind when I stumbled upon this rusty metal disk. It would be the nucleus of my sun image. Old yet timeless, relentless.

It was easy enough to fall back on the cliche colors often used to clothe the sun - yellows and golds. The ochre shades well compliment the rich reddish brown of rust. They rightfully suggest energy, brightness, and warmth.

Desert, Late Spring, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Now of course the flora found in the desert isn't that saturated green as found in the jungle - it tends toward the sage and khaki shades with plenty of silvery and ashy highlights. This against the endless palette of browns and beiges becomes a study of subtle contrasts. No splashy kodachrome shots here. The simplicity of form comes to dominance.

Desert, Late Spring, mixed media textile collage, detail-c

"Desert, Late Spring" comes mounted on an 8" x 10" canvas-y feeling dry-brushed cotton, and is available in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/628402065/primitive-desert-landscape-nature-fabric?ref=shop_home_feat_3

To see my latest stitching and inspirations, visit me on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/pegasaursusart/

Friday, July 20, 2018

Home On The Range

"Out On The Range", mixed media textile collage

Colorplay. An idle mental exercise of what might go with a terrifically deep rust upholstery fabric I'd been hanging onto to it for longer than I can remember. I knew its sturdiness would come in handy as a background "canvas" for... something Westernish. Hence the horse. Then the perfect contrast came to me - cool blues, turquoise maybe. And the scrap bag yielded this nugget of a print.

"Out On The Range", mixed media textile collage, detail-a

I'd been wanting to play around with stitching a particular shape on top of a formless fabric scrap instead of fussing with a tight, refined applique. That looseness of having the colors extend beyond the lines - think what you're not supposed to do in a coloring book - appealed to me.

Got a nice conversation going when I introduced some lavender and added more blue in the form of sparkly organza.  Needing more space to fool around, I decided to expand with a big chunk of pale peach wool felt. (Remember how this was the only "flesh" tone in crayon boxes of yore?)

"Out On The Range", mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Then it was time to go tactile, and that meant beads, button, and embroidery. Another sun! The circle motif speaks to me - complete, stable yet full of dynamic potential (e.g. sun rays). So many ways to suggest that energy, and it gives me an excuse to dawdle longer with needle and thread.

Another technique I'm playing with is mixing fancier with plain embroidery stitches. I am fascinated with how an over and under here and a twist there can render an elaborate line for the eye to follow and guess at. Thread play in general stakes out a bigger space than it actually occupies.


"Out On The Range", mixed media textile collage, detail-c

"Out On The Range" comes mounted on a 5" x 7" canvas-y feeling dry-brushed cotton, and is available in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/614554536/folk-art-horse-fabric-picture-mixed?ref=shop_home_active_4

To see my latest stitching and inspirations, visit me on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/pegasaursusart/