I started over and ripped out all of the stitching and embellishments and brought it back to the basic background design. The moon and its reflection are fused - I used a mylar like naterial for the reflection. The palm trees, bridge and grasses are fused. Tuile covers the sky to darken it. I used a variety of machine quilting, hand embroidery and beading to embellish the piece. Before finishing, I cut it down to fit the 11 X 14 inch size requirement and then finished with eyelash and silk ribbon for the edging.Here are a couple of closeups.
I finished this piece, took pictures and wrote my narrative just a few days before we had to evacuate due to Hurricane Matthew. Little did I know that storm surge predictions would make me fear this gorgeous river view so soon after completion!! I am relieved to report that our home made it through the storm with NO wind or water damage. Luck was definitely on our side as several of our neighbors were not so fortunate. Several have 3 - 4 trees down in their yards and on their roofs. Our community has been amazing and we are making great strides daily to return to normal here on Skidaway Island.