While it is still chilly, the magnificent magnolias are blooming with the promise of Spring and warmer weather……although not too hot, please.
They are striking flowers, both as a whole tree of pink and white, and as individual flowers. That’s what I have tried to capture in my original, and very unique, art.
The watercolour base gave me the beautiful soft washes and the punch of vibrant colour to work on. The wash on the main petal worked so well that I was loath to touch it, not wanting to stuff it up.
It took me a little while to build up the courage to add the sewing. In the back of my mind is the fear of it not working. But, with some gentle prodding from social media friends I put it to the sewing machine.
There’s a danger of me being too precious with my art work. I am learning that risk taking, pushing the boundaries, usually enhances the work. And if it doesn’t, I can always do another one.
The sewing accentuates the curves and droops of the petals, which is another thing I love about these flowers. It gives the work a zing, and makes it one-of-a-kind.
It’s hard to tell from the photos but some of the threads have quite a sheen, and give unexpected highlights in the right light.
The other aspect I love about magnolias is their knobbly branches and stems. Normally I sew using a straight stitch; this was the perfect time to experiment with zig zag, varying the length and width of the stitches. And, to my relief, it has worked really well!
For a quick summary
- $75.00 (plus postage)
- 21 x 30 cm
- 8 x 11 inches
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