I have taken my kids to Piney Run Park for years. There we’ve hiked, gone fishing, picnicked and rowed boats. This past weekend the nature center at the park hosted a Cabin Fever Art Show. I signed up to be considered for the show (it was a juried sort of event) and was accepted. It was only after I was committed to attending that I was sent a flyer which advertised an “art show for artists inspired by nature”. In recent months most of my pieces have been centered around portraits — I had some work ahead of me!
I ended up creating three new pieces for the show. One was from a photo my neighbor took of her chicken, Booboo. When I incorrectly identified it as SunnyJay on Instagram, she was able to quickly correct me (which made me proud that I had so accurately captured her bird!) The success of this particular quilt had a lot to do with the talent my neighbor has in her photographs. The vibrancy of the feathers just lent itself to my medium. I spent a few excited hours stitching in the details of those feathers with a variation of colored threads.
The next quilt was of a photo I had taken of a sunflower on our property. I plant sunflowers every year, and every year I end up taking dozens of photographs of them. I can’t seem to get enough. This was a close up of a particularly tall one.
And finally I wanted to pay homage to the family of red-tailed hawks that lives in our sycamore trees. They have nested there since 2009 and I love to listen to their high pitched calls and watch their shadows as they glide over our land. The mascot at my college was the red-tailed hawk, so I guess that also lends to my affinity for them.
I had a great deal of fun creating the right shading on the back feathers of this hawk with varying colors of thread. In the photographs I have taken, it looks as if the tail is in 3D, but it is actually flush with the rest of the quilt. This was one of my favorite quilts and I unfortunately did not have it long enough to get a proper photograph taken — it sold to a very nice fellow quilter, whose husband loves the red-tailed hawk that lives on their property. :)