Friday, April 04, 2008
Changes in Design
Gail and I have continued to chat most of the day (creative avoidance, as we each have plenty of work we should be doing) about the enormous changes in design in our world in the 36 years we have each been designing painted needlepoint canvas. I dug these pictures out of an ancient file that I really hated to part with - really unusual and classic style that I used to love doing. Although I don't think I have the patience any more to produce work of this sort - it's nice to remember that I used to! (Gail still does - but she is a young chick - not yet 60!) The icon is the Russian St. Innocent, Patron Saint of Alaska - requested years ago by a woman in Sitka, where most of the population, she said, is of Russian descent. The toad and leaves were the first custom canvas I painted when I moved back to Austin - a chair seat for a woman who loved the old style and recognized and valued the benefit of a canvas painted well with good shading, but easy to stitch in traditional basketweave! The colors, coincidentally, are in keeping with the April TIF Challenge.