My style of trees has grown more complex as time goes by. With every piece I learn something, or try a new technique.
My very first tree was a very small cherry tree. Instead of embroidery thread I used three or four pieces of regular sewing thread, and used coffee to stain the canvas. It was like a tiny little cross-section of a tree in the lower right corner.
I made a couple of little trees like that, before I decided to make them bigger, and tried painting a very basic sky and land. I also added beads, and really loved what they added. I made a couple like this, the painted landscapes remained basic, but gradually I added more details with the embroidery.
At that point I decided to make a family tree for my dad. I tried really hard on the sky , wanting to capture the fade between the blue and pink at sunset. I signed it with two buttons, because dad's nickname for me was Buttons.
At that point I made Owl Pair and most of Peewee Nest. For these two I made the clouds by dabbing with a piece of towel.
I then didn't make any trees for a while. I tried out crochet, wire wrapping, reclaiming and dyeing yarn, and probably other things I can't think of. I also made had jobs, moved houses, and made a kid.
In the last two years I feel like I have learned at least one thing per piece, if not more. I will continue the timeline in another blog.
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