I have been thinking, for a while, about doing a series of works representing the four seasons. It is a theme that is often rendered by photographers and painters. At a show this spring a customer had the same idea and commisioned me to do the works. The most challenging piece is the spring request for a cardinal pair with cherry blossoms. Above I am starting to work on the male bird. Below is the result. I think my customer will be pleased!
Goldfinches have been constant guests at my bird feeders this winter and showed up in record numbers during the recent snow. Their less colourful off season plumage is starting to change back to the bright yellows and black we most often associate with this cute little bird. They are quite entertaining to watch and seem to not mind my presence if I remain still.
I recently completed a new felted tile featuring a goldfinch on one of my giant sunflower seed heads. It was one in a series of sunflower tiles that I just finished and posted on my website a few days ago. I’ve done several bird tiles but this was my first goldfinch. Based on the immediate success of this first finch tile, I will be making more. Within hours of posting it on my website it was sold to one of my collectors! She is enjoying this little ray of sunshine now.
My “canvas” for the hand felted wall hangings I create is made of the same material I use for creating the design, that is, wool. I make these “canvases” several at a time so that I can work on designs in succession.
To make a ” canvas”, I measure out a certain weight of wool so that I know each canvas will be of uniform density. I use a very precise scale which can handle the needs of weighing wool.
With the measured amount of wool secured, I can then needle felt the wool into the shape and density I need. Not too many artists make their own “canvases,” but for me it’s all part of the creative process.
Weighing out the wool
Back in March I wrote about a large, natural dyed wool felt wall piece I had started. Eventually I finished the wool “painting” and was very pleased with the result. I displayed it at Lyndhurst NY in early May and again at Mayfair in Allentown this past weekend. I am happy to say it has already found a home with art patron, collector and friend Stafford Wavrek . He told me he had to rearrange some of his existing pieces to accommodate the new acquisition. He is shown posing with the new art in my booth.
Setting Sun Felt