Spring Thunderstorm

23 May 2010
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Good morning all.  Give me your best critical eye on this one.  Where can I improve?   I apply small pieces of fabric to a base fabric, trap them under tulle with invisible thread.  The final step is to use wonderful threads to sketch and paint.


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Lindy101 wrote
on 23 May 2010 7:02 AM

I see your pins.  Does this mean you are auditioning backgrounds?  What happens with a less intense brown, more the doe skin of the hills? Does it wash out the triptych, or let it shine?  I want to sit and read in the scene on the right!  Is there any transparancy through the individual pieces, or are they backed?  If transparent to some degree, I could see them hung in a window, backlit they might glow even more.  I have more questions than crtique!

on 23 May 2010 7:14 AM

Yes, I am still auditioning backgrounds.  I have thought about painting a stretched canvas -- maybe in lighter browns.  Thanks for reminding me.  All three pieces are backed with heavy pellon -- it holds up to all that stitching.  The sun does shine through them.  Interesting idea ...  Thanks - you have given me lots to think about.  Right now I think I will paint a canvas and try them on something lighter.

Lindy101 wrote
on 23 May 2010 5:17 PM

Oh!  The canvas thing!  I looked at some of those works recently and considered trying my Swan Triptych on them. Thanks for reminding me!  :?}

on 23 May 2010 7:22 PM
Peggy Szasz wrote
on 26 May 2010 12:54 PM

Hi Deborah,  What did you decide for the background color?  This is really awesome.....especially standing across the room and viewing it......send another photo when you have them on your canvas.  Peggy

on 26 May 2010 2:43 PM


This is the new background preview.  I hope it shows up as a dark sage green suede.  It is really nice fabric.  Also, I enlarged the stretcher bars.  It is now 20x24.  I think they needed more room.  They look crooked ...  I'm wondering if they need fabric borders instead of the zigzagged edges.

Lana Book wrote
on 31 May 2010 6:02 AM

Love the way you put the 3 together for this landscape. Good idea!  I think the borders around each piece look good as they are.

Lindy101 wrote
on 1 Jun 2010 8:10 AM

Oh!  Don't change the zig zag edging! The little color pop is 'just right'.

on 1 Jun 2010 8:32 AM

Thanks to all of you for commenting and helping me make a better picture.  I was fretting again this morning about the zig zagged edging, so Lindy's comment was very timely and soothed my nagging thoughts!  This piece is now hanging, wire and all, so I think it is done. 


Peggy Szasz wrote
on 4 Jun 2010 3:52 AM

The background fabric looks wonderful!!!  And I really do like the 3 panels, makes it a very interesting piece.  I hope this is going into the Kerrville show.