Friday, December 4, 2015

Fall...finished

Fall  22" X 27"
A story to go along with the quilt... enjoy!


When they met as children, somehow they knew they’d always be friends. It was as if they already knew each other and were just getting back together after a nap.
They were safe. They were connected by a silver thread.
The town folk watched them go by and say, those three are tighter than 3 peanuts in a shell. 
Beaded spider with segmented legs, sewn on to the painted metallic thread quilted web


They did everything they could together. They shared what life had to offer a child. Pain and joy were the same to all as to one.
When they were about 10 someone’s parents took them to a Fall Festival. The three traveled together through a corn maze, they each had a candied apple, all three tried their hand at the ring toss then they took turns carrying around the goldfish won.
Very few pumpkins were left in the pick-your-own field but three were found. 
I painted the center on plain muslin with portfolio paintsticks
Alike but different, like them. They fit together well. One was a bit darker, one a bit thinner, one more colorful and bright but they all fit together.
They were better together, stronger and more dynamic. They made a statement, if anyone stopped long enough to notice.
Together they told a story, they shared a past and a future.
Their pumpkins were like them, better for being part of the whole.
Alike but different. Together. 


Now for a few more pictures....
 This started life as a piece of plain muslin. On a whim inspired by my recent purchase of three little pumpkins, I sketched with portfolio paint sticks and thought it wasn't good enough to finish til a friend encouraged me. I did love the shading and mix of color/texture in the paint as well as the composition. I began to add borders, then 3-d formed leaves that were thread painted, beads, extras like a little dragonfly and the spider, star sequins in the border. 

The original post on painting is HERE !
Making of the leaves post is  HERE
 

31 comments:

  1. My husband tells me I have a pumpkin problem. Perhaps he is right. It's December, and I still have them all over the house. I love your pumpkins!

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  2. This turned out so well! The overall design is so unified but then there are all the different details to look at. So interesting!

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  3. Lovely meditation on the piece and the process. Thank you. I have that "pumpkin problem" as well, and just took the little ones off the windowsill to make room for some Christmas stuff. My husband looked at them and said "where did those come from?". They've been there for 2 months! Here's to winter!

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  4. Lovely! what great details in this. So much to look at in a small piece.

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  5. This is fantastic! So worth all the extra detail and work involved. My favorite part is that spider - did you make it all out of beads? I've tried to make spiders and they just never come out right. I also love your story

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  6. Gorgeous LeeAnna!
    Love the combination of colours, prints and detail! That spider is so cool!
    Thanks for a great story too!
    Take care,
    Joanne

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  7. Gorgeous LeeAnna!
    Love the combination of colours, prints and detail! That spider is so cool!
    Thanks for a great story too!
    Take care,
    Joanne

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  8. lovely finish to your pumpkinitics .glad you kept going. singing pumpkin carols is fun!

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  9. How wonderful. You'll get such enjoyment out of it each year that you put it up.

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  10. Oh, LeeAnna, it's just beautiful! All the parts just come together and sing of fall. You can almost hear the rustle of leaves.

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  11. This is absolutely gorgeous . . . great finish!! :)

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  12. I love pumpkins, too, but I roasted a few of the smaller ones last week and tossed the rest to make room for Christmas. I love your quilt and the charming story that went with it.

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  13. Lovely story to go along with such a beautiful piece, the beaded spider is such a great touch, everything just flows together so nicely, you are such an inspiration. I love working with plain muslin is has such endless possibilities.

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  14. How beautiful! I love the idea of painting on muslin!

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  15. Truly a work of art. The spider looks so real. Beautiful work!

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  16. Hi,
    Awesome quilt, loved the story to go along
    with it. Have a great day!

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  17. I love pumpkins too...your beaded spider is perfect!

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  18. It's fabulous! Loved the story and especially the spider :)

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  19. Fall is fantastic. Is there Winter to follow?

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  20. Good job! Great to see this finished and I love all the pics of the detail.

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  21. I love pumpkins. What a lovely story to go with your gorgeous quilt.

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  22. I loved the story and your quilt is just beautiful! Christine x

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  23. I love your design. I've always wanted to try painting a quilt, but fear I don't have the skill. I am very impressed with your work.

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  24. I love this! It's awesome how you put a story together with the quilt.

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  25. Yowsa!! What a fun quilt! Adding the story was perfect.

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  26. Fall is my favorite season and this is perfect. Love the spider.

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  27. How beautiful! It came together so well, love the leaves and how they add a 3D element!

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  28. This is lovely!

    Thanks for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party.

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