It's always so humbling when you get a call for a commissioned piece of art. Even more so when the call comes from a fello artist that you so admire!
Cindy Cooksey contacted me with a quote she wanted me to use my calligraphy skills on.
Here is the finished work.
Cindy provided some 'enticements' including the mixed silk hexagons & the fabric of the vase. I cut the vase shape and used the same stencil that I used to create the background (using FW frosted white acrylic ink) I simply used black to mirror the flourishes.
I was very happy with the placement in that it broke up the pattern & really gave it a nice depth.
In this shot you can best see the French Knots coming down from the top.
Believe it or not; those leaves (using some hand dyed silk scraps) were the most difficult for me and the stem. I find it hard in hand embroider keeping that really flat even stitching.
Here is the quote Cindy wanted. I used my own handwriting as it best echoed the swirls I feel; enjoining all the elements.
I had machine stitched the bird shap first and then felt he needed more visual presense. I had a ball with my Laura Wasilowsky hand dyed floss. YUM!
You can see the white frost shimmer giving a ghost of a wing image there.
I really love using stenicls to create quick, easy backgrounds. When laying down ink I always go really light at first, then heavier in spots to give the illusion of depth. The frosted inks add so much. I typically dilute them a bit when I want that ghost image but keep the sparkle.
I was so nervous to give it to Cindy that I simply left it on my ironing board so she could look at it while I went to another room in the house. That way if she hated she wouldn't feel that immediate pressure of me standing there like a happy kitten. LOL
I'm happy to say she liked it.
I enjoyed making it for her!
Happy Kittens to you!