Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Erosion: Plight of Big Pine

There was an article in our local paper about a ponderosa pine tree that is over 200 years old. It lives on Fish Creek, Montana, and the bank it sits on is being badly eroded.

The tree in this piece is constructed of various couched yarns and painted, heated banner fabric. It curves out from the body of the piece with added cording stuffed underneath. The roots were made with various thicknesses of cording, wrapped with light-weight wire and various yarns, then tacked down to the body of the piece. The water is hand-painted and embellished with slivers of burned silver sheers. The background is a batik that I enhanced with painting and appliqued trees. Texture Magic was used to add interest to the leafy look around the tree base.

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