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Artist’s Remorse?

The leaves are attached, and of course, I now have that sinking feeling that the leaves are not working. But, then, of course this is my vision of an aspen landscape. Tonight, at High Fiber Diet meeting, we were asked to describe our work in one or two sentences as we’d like to read in a review. I said that I distill the essence of a landscape down to a few elegant details. That is what I have tried to do here. We shall see if it is good enough to get into the Oregon SAQA show.

I pinned the leaves in place on my design wall and rearranged until I thought it looked right. I used basting glue to tack each one in place. I then machine stitched each one through the center. I didn’t care for the really floppy look of the leaves, so I used some Misty fuse to tack them down a bit more.

I am going to put a facing on this and try to get one more piece done. It will be about trees, and there may be felting involved!!

7 Responses to “Artist’s Remorse?”

  1. Diana Parkes says:

    I agree with Linda. Perhaps some of the leaf shapes could be re-shaped as they wouldn’t normally be facing all the same way. This is still a great piece!

  2. Linda Morand says:

    My only comment is that your groups of leaves are the same size. Having more variety in their mass and shape might help, otherwise it is charming.

  3. alison says:

    Gerrie – you may be your own harshest critic! I like the way the leaves dance in little groups, they work for me. Perhaps you’ve been too close to it for too long to see clearly that you have achieved the distillation of landscape in the few elegant details you aimed for.

  4. jenclair says:

    Every vision is individual, but I love your vision!

  5. Connie Rose says:

    I think it’s beautiful, maybe your best effort at depicting aspens!

  6. jan navales says:

    Love you colors…and I think the layout of the leaves is perfect…

  7. Carol says:

    As you have said, it is ‘your’ vision, so it is wonderful. Any of us can look at it and say, “I would do____ differently” but then that would be our vision and it would work for us.
    Looking at it, I can appreciate it. It is beautiful and elegant and these trees are Not lost in the forest.
    Keep my fingers crossed for you regarding getting in the show. Have a wonderful time creating the next piece.