Friday, November 15, 2013
I had this machine applique piece well under way before the show in Houston, so when I got home I wanted to incorporate many of the ideas that swirled around in my head for this piece. But it was too far along to really do that, so you will have to wait till the next challenge for that to happen. My sweet sixteen purchased at the show came two days ago, so my dream of doing thread painting has become a reality. I did add the shading under the hammock with information gained in my dyeing class, and the use of metallic threads in the shadow area as well from a collage class in Houston.
I lived in Aruba from 2002 to 2007, and while I was there I did a series of paintings of hammocks.
Hammocks were everywhere in Aruba, and before living there I never realized how comfortable and comforting laying in one with the island breezes kissing your skin could be. I loved looking at them, being in one on a lazy day,looking at them in the stores in a myriad of colors and styles and watching the children there use them, as children here use a swing set. So comfort for me is that visual memory of being on Aruba under a palm tree, and just being happy in that glorious brightly colored hammock with the fringe!!!!