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Working Towards Abstraction in Landscapes – Guest Blogger: Ruth Lane

August 24, 2022

Level 3 Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch – Class Name: Bachelor Buttons – Blog 5 in a Series of 8

Daily walks in the woods of Montana inspire much of my artwork. The morning light filtering through the trees revealing shadowed dark values contrasting with bright sunshine on a myriad of greens makes me stop and snap a photo. I squat down to admire the lichen and moss on the forest floor. Hundreds of photos go into my inspiration files. I have explored the use of colors that are not ‘normal’ forest or tree colors. Working towards abstraction in landscapes and moving away from my comfort zone of realism has been a real plus in how I am now working. After reading an article about trees communicating, I loved the idea of the vast underground network where the forest is interconnected. I think of what the trees might be “saying” and how important listening to what the forest has to tell us. My tree wall hanging represents my ideas about trees “talking”.

Our second major project was to develop a story and create a book or series. At the time of the assignment, I had just adopted a rescue dog named Edgar. As a proud fur mama, I took loads of Edgar photos and decided I would create The Book of Edgar. Edgar’s antics inspired multiple book pages. When I finished the book, it needed a special box to hold it. A dog house theme for the box was the ‘only’ option. Stitched fabric book and box construction was a new venture that I really enjoyed. Thank you Gail and Penny for all your guidance and hard work. Ruth Lane

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    August 24, 2022 9:52 am

    Congratulations! Thank you for your inspiring blog. Beautiful work.

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