Whether you feel that your soul is pleased by the conception or contemplation of harmonies or that your mind is stimulated by the aspect of magnificent problems or whether you are content to have fun in trying to observe and depict the jolly things you see, the vistas of possibility are limited only by the shortness of life. Every day you may make progress; every day you may be fruitful, yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."- Winston Churchill, Painting as a Pastime

Couldn’t have said it better! Working in my studio relaxes me completely (blood pressure goes down 20 points) and new ideas flood into my consciousness. My dream is to be in my studio full time, honing my skills, teaching and exploring methods and techniques.

My frustration has been to confine the huge surreal landscapes to a framing size. Working in 2 mediums helps!

The Process:

  1. Contemplate idea combination – sometimes the background comes first and sometimes the image for the glass
  2. Obtain idea or picture of landscape or background – usually my own photos
  3. Find image for sandbrushing
  4. Pick colours of fabrics from the stash
  5. Decide size and draw landscape to scale
  6. Fine tune colours with sandbrushed glass
  7. Experiment with placement of sandbrushing via positive cut out
    Appliqué fabrics
  8. Embellish with embroidery, appliqué, fabric paint, foiling and/or beads Fabric scape is completed as a stand alone art piece
  9. Reverse image for sandbrushing and transfer to resist material
  10. Position resist on glass & cut out with a variety of exacto knives; deciding as I work which parts will be sharp lines and which ghosted
  11. Sand brush image, placing on fabric several times to check.
  12. Clean glass, polish & frame fabricscape with sandbrushed glass
  13. Result is 2 standalone pieces - combined.
  14. Time? Depends on complexity of piece. A recent 28” x 40” piece took about 225 hours.
    For tools, I use a sewing machine and an embroidery machine, a computer, photo resist developer, pressure washer, and a small sand etcher and compressor
  15. I back the finished work with acid free foam core and recommend that originals be kept away from direct light.




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