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.
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.
I am in a bit of a slump artistically but enjoyed playing with some textural felting a while back. The sea is a reoccurring theme with the first vessel falling into the category of the latest FeltandFibreStudio‘s Surface Texture Challenge, although it was made before that. Here is a link Challenges.
It started as a beret then turned into a sea urchin with ocean grunge attached. The ‘grunge’ is antique lace and silk pieces partially felted into the alpaca fleece. It stands about 11″.
Next one is in similar fleece and was modelled on those weird-looking tubular corals, with growths and torn flaps.
This one is a total change of pace and is a mermaid asleep on a sea urchin. Her tail is made up of dozens of tiny shells and the flipper is strips of torn silk with beads. I used 18 micron merino wool and silk rovings.
Now I just have to figure out how to post my challenge pics to Flickr. This technology stuff is FUN!!! Takes my mind off Federa beating Tomic in the Australian Open Tennis. Keep an eye on that youngster though. He is going places.