Last month we described the harvest season and how it caused us to reflect on the passing of the year. Now that “Crimson” is finished, we’re able to unveil the beginning of two different series we’ve been working on. The still lifes as well as some small landscape fiber ‘paintings’ have come to life as the light of the winter season arrives.

Not surprisingly when there are two minds at work, there seems to be a divergence in what wants to be expressed.

 

Not surprisingly when there are two minds at work, there seems to be a divergence in what wants to be expressed. We have our quiet, indoor mood that feels a lot like wanting to settle into reading a good book. And then we have our inquisitive, outdoor mood that reveres the low winter light compelling us to explore its effects on the tones in the landscape.

Our quiet, inward selves are content to spend time meditating over favorite fruits and vegetables. We examine how the soft light illuminates the rich colors and textures of the skins, while the shadows emphasize the subtlety of their shape. It is a pleasure to delve into these natural objects, doing our best to imitate with fabric and thread the individual and simple beauty of their character.

While the beginning of the still life series has us focusing closely on lamp-lit settings arranged on our design table, the small landscapes take us outdoors to moods rather than places. As we drift in our minds, once again responding to the light of the season, the landscapes we’re creating are more atmospheric in nature. Never pinpointing a place but rather bringing to light the feeling one gets while observing a late afternoon twilight, or passing by an early summer landscape when the heat of the day is just beginning to settle on the earth.

Both ways of focusing, interpreted through two imaginations, has us eager to spend our cold winter days passing ‘canvases’ across the table. 

 

Both ways of focusing, interpreted through two imaginations, has us eager to spend our cold winter days passing ‘canvases’ across the table. There will be little time spent verbalizing our thoughts but the worlds we create will make it feel as if we’re having one long, continuous conversation. We’ll have to see what will be said.

There will be little time spent verbalizing our thoughts but the worlds we create will make it feel as if we’re having one long, continuous conversation.

 

Above: “Crimson”, Fiber with overstitching, 18 x 18″ framed, click here to see Available Work

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