I've been inspired by bare branches lately. I've been working on three quilts over the last several weeks and they all include these wavy, linear, forked tree trunks.
In fact, when I first began this quilt, I intended to simply have the navy background and the three trunks. I would add some free motion quilting and hand embroidery and let the trees stand on their own.
But, then I changed my mind and piled up a bunch more stuff on top. How could I resist using the hand painted brown fabric with the watery bits of green and blue?
This is another continuation of the shrine/altar composition that I use regularly and the house and plant symbols that are also familiar in my work. The brown felt leaf is a three-dimensional.
It really suggests winter turning into spring, don't you think?
I hadn't even considered the idea of green buds on brown tree branches against a blue sky when I first picked the palette. (Of course, I manipulated those ideas about color placement for this quilt, but it's the same concept.) The creative process is wonderfully unpredictable.
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