Searching for Supper

This is a felt painting that’s a little different from my usual bright ones, but I really like the moody colours and sunlight hitting the bird.

The gull was needle-felted separately onto another piece of thin felt then cut out and placed on the background. The brighter whites are bamboo fibre and the swirls in the sea are pieces of mohair yarn.  This one came together whilst I was at my local monthly craft group and I think most of it was done subconsciously because I was a real motor-mouth that day and we all laughed and chatted and ate whilst working. A good thing because it wasn’t over-worked.

Kelp Gull Wool Art

Kelp Gull Felted

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Naracoopa – a felt painting

This is a lovely part of the Island – Naracoopa – on the east coast of King Island. This scene is looking south towards Lover’s Lane on a calm sunny day. Again, layers of wool roving were lightly needled – just enough to hold to the base of white felt. Some torn strips of sari silk were added to look like tuffs of grasses amongst the rocks.

Not quite finished and it is still lumpy.

Felt Painting of east coast of King Island

Towards Lover's Lane

This is So Much Fun!!

King Island felted painting

Stokes Point

I am really enjoying this felt painting thing. And I really like this one.  Not supposed to say that about my own work, I know, but my mojo has been on an extended holiday and it is nice to have it back. After an exhibition in November 2010 I have not been able to paint or draw to my satisfaction. This is not an unusual thing, except it seemed to last such a long time. It was the main reason I started focusing on felting and it is challenging to create a ‘painterly’ effect.

The next one is totally different and it was taken from a photo of a little oasis amongst the dry fields.

Felted painting of King Island farmland

Golden fields

King Island Sunset Felt Painting

This one was a challenge and I could not get it right.  Can’t count the number of times I put fleece on then took fleece off. The photos don’t reflect that, but they show how different it finished up after some playing.

Here is the finished item:

Felt painting of King Island

Finished

Here is the process:

Stage 1 of felt landscape painting

Fleece layered and lightly wet felted

Stage 2 of felt painting of King Island sunset

Some needle felting and embroidery. Note the cottage

Now, when I look back, part of me likes the above image before I had to mess with it, especially the sky and sea, although the house looks kind of cutsey.  The tree in the foreground is wrong . Anyway, it is now framed (without the cottage).  Honest feedback much appreciated.  You know when you work on something so long and can no longer be objective in assessing your own work? That’s me.  Help needed!!!

Felted Fields with Cape Barren Geese

This is a picture I completed earlier in the year and I was really happy with the sense of movement in the ti trees. North of the island there are a few Cape Barren Geese, but they are not always easy to find.  This one has been framed.

Wool felt art painting of geese in a field of ti trees

Cape Barren Geese - 19x21, framed behind glass

Felted Painting – Island Blue-scape

Along with the rugged coastline and crashing waves that are common on King Island, we also have days of total stillness and tranquility. these are the days when the soft turquoise blue of the sea is magical.

This felted painting shows some of those colours.

felted painting of calm blue seas

Wool rovings layered onto piece of white commercial wool felt - 16"x14" unframed