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January 9, 2011

A Weekend of Felt

I was off  this weekend to Diane's for some serious fun and felt.  I got my usual room at the D&D B&B.  
(I just *love* this bedroom)
 
It is a lovely old ranch house that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for invited guests only.  There is a fabulous felting table and my most wonderful friend who is an excellent felter that lives there. 
I have been hankering over doing some landscape felting with Diane's Art Expertise to help me understand the magic of light she manages in her work.  
I started with a picture of the swamp behind my house. 
Diane talked about ways to look a picture that I've never thought about before.  Lights and darks foreground and background were discussed.  Then she tempted me with tubs of color....Oh My!  How do you choose?
But I chose neutrals and greens.  Lots of greens and some blues actually.  

 And on it went for a whole day.  Until I had this:
But the swamp is twiggy...with lots of branches....and more darks.
This is after wet felting and before the final touches. 
More shadows and dark on the water were added after this.  Then after 2 nights of wine and staying up until after midnight I had to head home.  
Thanks Diane.  I had the most wonderful time and came home with a gorgeous piece to hang in my living room.  I learned wonderful things that will help me look at scenery a whole new way. 









27 comments:

Doreen G said...

OMG Joei that is awesome,I have just shown Ebony this photo and her reaction was "that is stunning"and I agree.

Ruth said...

Gorgeous!

Kris said...

Wow! That is truly impressive.
A beauty!!

Heather Woollove said...

What fun and how lovely!!
Isn't it wonderful to have felting friends!?!?!?

Suzanna said...

It's beautiful and so mysterious Joei!

Plastusia said...

Beautiful!

Kelly said...

wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! I bet it looks even better in person. What a wonderful time you must have had!

Whimsey Creations said...

That is just beautiful - looks like a photograph. I've tried this and it's HARD! What a talent you have. I never could get mine to look dimensional. Maybe you need to come down to Georgia and teach a class!

Frauke-Filz.de said...

Wonderfull! It is allways interesting, to see the prozess!
Felted regards from germany,
Frauke

Teo said...

Oh my! That's such an amazing piece! So nice that it will hang in your living room to speak about your wonderful experience. Great talent!!

T said...

Joei this is beautiful, there is a real art to blending wool fibre in this way. well done.

xt

Laura said...

Wow Joei, what a fntastic piece of art! Well done, you must be very proud and happy with your few days' work. Enjoy having it in your living room.

Jasmine said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning. I love it.

Katie said...

This is beautiful and quite amazing. Sounds like a fine time!

karen said...

it looks like a beautiful B&B and your felt is fantastic!!

Rachel said...

Breathtaking! I would never have expected such detail and variety of texture in feltwork.

Something else for me to add to the list of things to learn!

Diane said...

Joei, I love 'D&D's B&B' Though I am not sure that a bowl of cereal and a banana deserves a capital B...maybe a lower case b. I love the way the landscape looks in the layout because of the yellow cast to the photograph. Reminds me of some Hudson River School paintings. I have been wanting to do one with a yellowish sky ever since seeing a painting at a gallery of the woods against a creamy yellow sky. Maybe the next piece...
I hope that you are still pleased with your painting...you should be. It is gorgeous.

FeltersJourney said...

Oh my goodness - this is SO beautiful!

Marie said...

NIce...

Beata's Soul said...

Wow! That is a beauty!!

Textile Art Showcase said...

A beautiful piece of work. I love it.

cedar said...

I loved the light and shadows in the piece, one of the most beautiful pictoral felts I have ever seen...wonderful..thanks

Tricks said...

I must say I have only just discovered you but I think I will be back this is a beautiful piece of work and I just think it's incredible!! You are very talented. I love the way you work with felt. I definitely will be watching your developments from now on. Tricia x

Becky Utecht said...

Beautiful work!

Cathie said...

Joei this is unbelievable. I would say you mastered the use of "light" quite nicely. How you achieved such realism with felt is truly amazing. WOW.

An Aussie Felter said...

Now that's my idea of a heavenly weekend! How inspiring. Love your work!

Annie said...

Wow!