I just completed a landscape panel I've been working on for a bit and thought I'd share the process of creating it with you.
Inspiration comes from everywhere, but the New England woods in autumn are particularly inspiring! I was excited at the idea of working in a variety of colors again, after having worked for months in the more subtle variation of denim shades. I missed my nature colors!
So it's position, photo, view on-screen, reposition, photo, screen, etc. If you're not me, you probably wouldn't see the difference between many of the versions. I made about 25 of them.
At last, I was happy! I took my final layout apart and laid all the pieces in clusters on another table. Then I started to assemble the collage, referring to the photo of the finished layout and used drafting tape for positioning. When you're gluing by hand (vs. using fusibles or stitching), you have to continually lift long pieces out of place to apply glue. You need a way back to your original plan! The drafting tape becomes my guide.
I added the layers of bushes at the base of the trees...
Autumn Grove ©2015 Julia R. Berkley
30" x 15". Overpainted and commercial fabric on canvas board.
I had the pleasure of walking with my friend Kate in the lovely Acton Arboretum yesterday. I took some photos for future inspiration, and I thought you'd enjoy seeing them. I like imagining them as abstract paintings.
This one's a bit different -- look how sculptural!