Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ASPENSEASONS

Its a cool, dreary day today.  The sun is supposed to shine, but I'm wondering when.  The day reminds me of the first time I was at Estes Park with my sister Faye and her husband a year ago in May when I took a picture of the aspens in the snow before they had any leaves.  I was there again in August with friends.  It was raining, and I was able to get this picture of the leaves with the raindrops.   My sister has moved since then, so don't know when I'll be able to get back up there.  This hanging was given to her for a remembrance of the park, which they loved so much.


I was able to practice my computer skills on this one.  First, I used the same picture for the leaves and changed the colors to suggest the seasons of spring, summer, and fall.  Winter was shown on the "framing" with the snow around the trees.  I also used other pictures taken in August and adjusted the color slightly.  I then blurred those so they gave the effect of driving past the trees.  The background colors were too bright and tended to overpower the leaves, so I fused on a very thin fabric I had found stretched over a frame to diffuse the light during photographing.  When I tried to quilt this, the needle tore the fabric, so I wasn't able to quilt the piece.  I fused the whole piece on to a batting and stretched it around a frame.  Finding the right framing for the leaves took me a while.  Then, one day as I was walking out my front door, I noticed the dried stalks from my daylilies.  (I've always maintained that procrastination is a good thing.  If I had trimmed them down after they had bloomed, I would have never had the stalks.)  These were perfect.  After giving them a whitewashing with acrylic paints, they looked like twigs. 

The final piece was satisfying to me.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

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