Tuesday, September 10, 2013
That same year, I tried something different for a Sudberry House pencil box insert of Portland Head lighthouse in Maine. I was still basketweaving the sky with gradual values of DMC blue floss, but VERY randomly to incorporate clouds in the sky. Yes, it looked realistic--my youngest son tried to convince me I should stitch all my skies that way!--but it was virtually impossible to duplicate from one lighthouse to the next.
Ten years later, with the ins and outs of the needle-blending technique
under my belt, I stitched East Chop lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard,
Massachusetts, with a foggy sky. (Photo right.) It was one of the lighthouse canvases
members of the Cape Cod chapter worked on yesterday. Is it realistic?
Absolutely! I copied the details line by line from a photo my youngest son
the look? Definitely--I've done so since with other lighthouses. And by
using the same "foggy sky" recipe with the canvas turned upside down, I've created "gloomy" skies, too.
You may be saying to yourself right now, "All these skies were stitched in basketweave and that's just boring!" Well, not boring to me. I've seen simple skies and extremely complicated skies filled with patterned stitches that made me want to cringe. I've always held that the background should stay IN the background without being boring. You have to admit that a simple sky with the twist provided by needle-blending keeps the subject of the canvas--the lighthouse itself--in center stage.