Contemporary embroidery

SAL ~ The Forest Regenerates #1

This SAL post is a couple of days late. Time seemed to slip away from me. This stitch-a-long is hosted by Avis, and should have been up on Sunday. At least now you will be able to check out everyone else’s posts (check the list at the end of this) and see wonderful stitching from around the world.

I have been working on free-form stitching of late. I enjoyed couching the threads on the last works, and have been carried away with couching on this current one. It is based on my love of trees. Many of you will know of my love of trees ~ not only individual trees but also the shapes and rhythms of them as a canopy. (If you would like to read more of where my tree obsession comes from, this post might help.) As I am stitching I am thinking of all the trees that have been lost in the fires over the Summer.

I am calling it “The Forest Regenerates”, but I may change forest to bush, to give it a more Australian flavour.

Its size is 25 x 30 cm, because that is the dimensions of a canvas I found to use when I am ‘framing’ it. I started without really thinking much about where it was going, only to find I was having problems with the tones. I couldn’t see which trees may be behind and which in front. Fortunately couching is very easy to pull out. (This photo doesn’t give you the true colour of the cloth, which is actually a vibrant purple.)

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So I began again. (The cloth colour is better, but it is still a more royal purple than shown here.)

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I was merrily couching along, until it dawned on me that it was becoming rather repetitive.

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Inspiration came from Patricia Brown who stitches over her paint cloths. I love her work. My work demanded some overstitching to help to make it zing.

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This is where I am up to…

Contemporary embroidery

And a close up

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Lots of lovely SAL projects at these links

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley,Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ

And a quick follow up on my reorganisation of my studio/playroom. I had some great suggestions in the comments about getting my table to fit so that I could face the window. It is all sorted ~ thank you!

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And again, while I have got you, a reminder about my Letter from my Studio, which comes out each fortnight (although lately it has been more erratic than I would like). In it I chat about my art and direct you to places where you can buy it. Jump to this link if you would like to sign up.

 

solo exhibition, the Old Auction House Gallery

Next painting for sale

Okay, if you are interested, this is the second painting I am offering to you for sale. There are more details below, but if you would like to know more, or like to buy, contact me, leave a comment below or email me      annebags@optusnet.com.au

Anne Lawson Art

I love the contrast between oil pastel and ink. The ink creates such fine detail, like the dead bits of the branch, while the oil pastel has a wonderful complex abstract textures and layers. This work is different in that I used brown ink with a nib pen. Usually I work just with a black pen. This time the black was layered over the brown.

Original tree painting

original tree drawing

original tree drawing

So, to the details:

  • $150.00
  • Oil pastel with brown and black ink
  • Paper size: 38.5 x 25.5 cm      15 x 10 inches
  • Image size (approx): 35 x 19 cms     14 x 7.5 inches
  • Horizontal
  • Free shipping, and I will happily send it anywhere.

Remember, contact me, using the ways at the beginning of the post, if you would like to know more.

Also, I have set up a page with the paintings I am offering. Like to see the first one? Check it out here, or use the tab at the top of this page.

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solo exhibition, the Old Auction House Gallery

Painting for sale!

Anne Lawson Art

My exhibition at the Old Auction House has finished. Many of you were unable to make it, so I would like to offer you the opportunity to have a closer look at the individual pieces. This is the first one, and it is for sale.

$150.00

Watercolour

Paper size: 26 x 36 cm, A3

Paper: Arches watercolour paper

I used a slightly glittery paint on the tops fo the tree. You can see it a little in the photos.

Tree painting from Anne Lawson Art

Anne Lawson Art

Anne Lawson Art

If you are interested in knowing more, contact me:

  • In the comments
  • via my contact page
  • email me     annebags@optusnet.com.au

I happily ship internationally and shipping is free.

Cheers!

 

Texture on Tuesday — bark

I love bark. It has such surprising colours and textures. These are street trees, growing just near my house.

As well as painting, I love to use fabrics, threads and beads and it is textures like these that have inspired some of my creations, such as this bag.

How does my garden grow?

The trees in my street are beautiful jacarandas — one of my very favourite trees. I also have one in my backyard. Really, it is too big for my small yard, but I can’t bring myself to  do anything about it.

The jacarandas were out in December and were simply beautiful.

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After some heavy rain and wind the fallen petals look a little like purple snow.