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Brighter Days.... Right Around the Corner

We all handled change differently while our world was facing the Covid19 pandemic. So many emotions including fear, compassion, strength, heartbreak and hope. Time to reflect, be grateful, bake bread and enjoy the precious gifts of slowing down. My husband, 15 year old flat-coat retriever Abby and I made it a practice to walk each day. If the timing of our walks were right, we would receive this incredible show of sunrays just around the corner. Inviting us to walk faster. A promise of brighter days right around the corner. A sign of hope.

While enrolled in Creative Strength training in 2020 with Jane Dunnewold issued a creative eye challenge to post a picture to our group and describe it using only 5 words. This picture was my submission. I knew right away I wanted to someday use this photo in my art. Fast forward to 2021 when there was a Regional SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association) call for entry and the theme: Let the Sunshine In. Time to get to work.

This piece was first painted with thickened ProcionMX dye. I used brushes, a credit card and a natural sponge to add as much texture as I could. It was then enhanced with Inktense blocks and painted organza to deepen the contrast. I added silk waste and painted cheese cloth to give added texture while free motion stitching. Whenever I am using thickened dye on a new piece I also hand paint perle cotton to match. This allows me to use custom thread for any hand stitches.

I used a free motion zig zag stitch on all of the foliage to add even more texture.

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