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Northwest Winter — A Study in Gray

Winter in the Northwest is gray. So, when Kirsty issued the Twelve X Twelve color challenge of gray — my mind went there. I had some photos that I had taken of my son and his wife at the Oregon Garden in winter.

I love the shape of the bare trees and the bleak landscape with the simple golden grasses. I turned the photos into sketches in Photoshop. The single tree became a themofax screen of a row of trees.

I first printed the larger photo on Jacquard’s Extravorganza, but the gray I got was not working. I was using a beautiful gray organza shibori for the background which I ended up painting a darker gray.

I used some of that with a full page self stick label to run it through the printer. I loved the color and the shibori lines added some interest to the photo. I printed the third photo as a smaller version to help balance the composition and to add some interest.

I did some simple running stiches with variegated perle cotton, and added some grasses in green and gold as a nod to the grasses in the original photos.

Here is a detail shot:

I learned a couple of things about this challenge. You can have fun with gray, and there are many shades of gray!!

8 Responses to “Northwest Winter — A Study in Gray”

  1. Francoise says:

    Love it Gerrie. And it’s almost completely grey. I was surprised too that grey can be fun.

  2. Judy says:

    Gerrie, I just love this piece! Are you planning to give it to Mark & Jayme??? Grey is a wonderful color…..I want to work with it more in the future.


  3. just love this work and l am a lover of colour!x lynda

  4. Connie Rose says:

    I love this, think it’s a perfect evocation of gray!

  5. Diane D. says:

    Gerrie, I love this! Those little hand embroidered grasses add a nice little zing to it.

  6. Diane Wright says:

    I, too, like to read about the process…almost as much as I like looking at the images. Your gray study is very interesting with so many details to linger over. The hand stitching adds to this. Nice work.

  7. Linda Moran says:

    I really like reading about your process – there are always some new things to try! And I like how this piece came out…monochromatic and yet not….

  8. Vicki W says:

    Oh, I love this piece! I can feel the cold.