Almost a month later I finally finish my Group of Seven Study !
Honestly, it was so very hard not to copy it outright.
So, I took the jack pine as my focus, too ... because it is so beautiful, and beautifully captured by Tom Thomson almost a hundred years ago !
Besides, I can't resist lone trees atop the Canadian Shield.
But I did add a top to the tree ... missing in Tom Thomson's original painting.
I tried to utilize the original colouring as best I could but removed the background ... now the pine stands against the water and sky at that brief moment where the two blend and the division is almost indiscernible. I have chosen to simplify the foreground in the style of Lawren Harris (founder of the Group) ... which I have been unwittingly been doing myself for dozens of years.
In this study of Tom Thomson's, Jack Pine, 1916, I realized on closer examination that he had painted the sky and water in horizontal brush strokes and the tree in vertical brush strokes. I was already intrigued ! How could I show that idea in my threadpainting ? I tried to figure a way while spending endless hours stitching the water/sky in stitched lines that we're about an eigth of an inch apart. When I was ready to do the pine I tried vertical lengths of satin stitch on the branches of the tree ... I loved the look immediately !!! I just wish I had thought of doing that for the sky and water but it took 2 spools of thread (top and bobbin threads) just to do the tree branches. The size of this piece, approx. 17"x26", would have meant another 2 months of stitching and a lot more money ! Because the fabric shrinks when heavily stitched, I ended my piece by going back into the background several times to try and remove any buckling that occurred.
So, finished, I am satisfied and will attempt to try new lessons on new pieces.
|... some 'buckling' occuring|
|... close-up of the vertical satin stitching|
Speaking of cost, I just bought thread for my next painting ... 7 spools and $30 later ... with a guarantee that I will be going back for more before I am finished that one ! Those few spools only represent to threads you see on the top ... underneath are equal amounts of thread for the bobbin !No wonder I'm a starving artist ... or rather hubby is the starving, but understanding, husband of an obsessed fibre artist.