I created this collage of all five pieces from the bird series so that I could see how they would look all together. I liked the look so much that I shared it on the Facebook page last week and thought I would share it here now that the website is back up and running!
And, if you are getting tired of hearing about the Bird Series don’t worry- this is the last post on it until I get the last ones framed!!
Although this was a short and fairly straightforward series, I certainly did learn a lot of both artistic and personal lessons along the way:
* I learned to look at other materials (ie. birch bark) in a different way which broke me out of a bit of a rut that I was in
* It allowed me to practice adhering new materials (here it was sewing on birch bark); this is something that I feel I’ve only scratched the surface of and look forward to exploring further
* It gave me the opportunity to try out the new technique of blending yarns. I learned what it looks like when you blend different values of the same colour family. And I learned what it looks like when you blend two completely different colours. This helped me to determine what works and what doesn’t work. This technique has opened up new possibilities for me- such as the ability to achieve looks that are easy to attain with paints but not so easy to attain with fibre unless you get into a lot of dyeing
* I learned that even small pieces can have a lot of impact if done correctly. And it reinforced that framing pieces is definitely worth it when it adds to the overall look of a finished piece
More than anything else, I learned that I am so fortunate.
I am so fortunate to have so many good people in my life.
I am so fortunate to be able to say that I have people in my life whom I love and who love me in return.
I am so fortunate to be able to have such an awesome relationship with my children and to look forward to growing that relationship in the years to come.
I am so fortunate that each day I am able to make wonderful memories with the people I care about and invite into my life. Memories that will last a lifetime.
I am so fortunate to have so many people in my life who are inspirational, supportive and downright incredible.
I am so fortunate to be able to provide my children with a loving home. To model for them what a loving family should look like. To truly provide them with a safe haven. They will never have to go without these things.
I could go on and on. As I said, I am truly, truly fortunate.
As I mentioned before, I may revisit the concept of creating a larger single piece inspired by the meaningful people and meaningful relationships that make up my life. Not sure when but don’t be surprised if it reappears down the road.
Those who know me well may think that I have been slightly remiss in that one of the Bird Series pieces was not devoted to someone with whom I was very close and who, while he was here, made a huge impact on my life. There is a reason for this as I plan to make a larger tribute piece for that furry little guy- hopefully later this year. 🙂
Sneak peek coming beginning of next week for sure!
Have a terrific weekend!!