Winter is almost here in Northern Michigan. Getting out on XC skis or snowshoes is the perfect way to take in the beauty of this season. I photographed this Charlie Brown Christmas Tree last year at Arcadia Dunes Preserve which is a part of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy where I am a trail steward. This depicts a lone pine tree along one of our area’s quiet trails. A beautiful, peaceful location during all seasons but especially during the snowy season.
Snow is difficult to capture for a painter or fiber artist so this works takes on the challenge with a whole new technique. Background branches of threads, fuzz, scraps and novelty fabrics were placed on pieced batik skyline. Small distant trees were added next before more detailed, closer trees. A layer of thin tulle and quilting holds these all in place. Silk sari ribbon created pine branches just before the snow drifts in the foreground. The work was quilted on a Handi Quilter long arm machine with a variety of silk, synthetic and metallic threads.
18.5″ x 27″ (insert a dowel & hang with provided hanging tabs)
Created in my smoke-free, fragrance free, pet free home studio.