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The felted lighthouse piece is done! It is called Ninini Lighthouse, which is the actual name of the lighthouse in Lihue, Kauai. I ended up using a facing and keeping the edges clean. I hope to mount it on a canvas or better yet, inside a shadow box frame.
Now it’s time to turn my attention to something new.
I am always attracted to tropical places, scenes, plants, people, etc. And I recently got to spend my birthday at such a place- Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic!
It was a divine vacation with my new sweetie- and I came back with lots of tropical inspiration. But how to use it???
I was very attracted to the palm trees and the patterns they made as they floated in the breeze. I want to make a piece that is somewhat abstracted, but still gives the flavor of the place, without reproducing it exactly like in my last piece.
As usual I began with my photos, and started to crop and enlarge certain interesting areas. I am sharing my initial design process with you here:
Should I work with these shadows?
Or should I go in tight and work with these shapes?
I really like the angles on this one.
Perhaps I should zoom out more…
Or try this cluster of trees.
Yikes, I could do a whole series just on this one group of pictures! Stay tuned to see which direction I go in next time….
How do you begin a new piece? Do your pictures and travels inspire you too? Remember to hone in on the little things about a place that catch your attention. They are usually something no one else has noticed, and will make your piece unusual.
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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast! She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show. She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.
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