I have loved trees all my life, and over the last few years they have become my creative
The latest series are these three trees. (You can see more here.) Let me take you through how I created them.
The first step was to create the watercolour canopies. These were simple, organic shapes. I limited my palette to a few colours, applied to a wet wash. I love the way the colours merge and play with each other. It’s those effects that I am looking for.
The next step was to think about the trunk and branches, especially considering where they join and which goes in front and behind. It’s necessary to get this right because the branches at the back need to be done first. My answer ~ drawing them with pencil.
Then to the sewing machine.
Yes, I sew onto the watercolour paper with my simple Janome sewing machine!
I usually start with a mid-tone thread, making sure I start with the branches at the back. These need to be finished first, as I have to sew over them to create the front branches.
Once they are done I can be looser and take more risks, giving me the marks that I love. And I can experiment more with the thread colours ~ darker purples, sparking lavenders and terracotta. All building up the textures of the bark.
I am intrigued by the contrast of watercolour and sewing, the smoothness of the former, and the texture of the latter. However, for me, my oil pastel trees are more satisfying. I love the sense of movement I can achieve with this medium, like the wind rustling through the trees.
Which do you prefer?
Both works are for sale.
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