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Monday, March 19, 2012

"Canyon Wall"


Inspired by the red rock canyons of the southwestern deserts this piece has been growing over the past month or so.  A canyon wall shows the history of a place - much like the rings inside a tree.  Layer upon layer of sediment and rock form over eons.  Shaped by wind, rain, snow and ice -- pretty much all of the elements -- these canyons form over time in ways that we can't really witness.


This piece is 8-1/2" x 9".  Because of the size I made up three panels, stitching them together.  Stitching punchneedle together is pretty easy since the loops tend to disguise the seams. I used regular embroidery floss - plus Caron's Watercolours, Wildflowers and Waterlilies. Waterlilies being very fine silk thread I wanted to use it as a 'filament' between sections. 

This wasn't the easiest piece I've ever done but I did enjoy seeing it all come together in my own version of a "Canyon Wall".

"I speak now of that Grand Canyon which lies within each of us.  There are pre-Cambrian rocks at the center, the core, and talus from yesterday's fall; marble and granite grown hard from the pressure and heat of heartbreak and passion; crumbling sandstone, layer on layer of sediment, sentiment piled on over a lifetime's experience..." - Amil Quayle

12 comments:

  1. Its a gorgeous piece. You've caught what I would perceive to be canyon colors perfectly.

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  2. LOVE IT!!!

    Is the next one going to be even bigger? :-)))

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  3. OH. MY. GOSH.
    Penny, this is absolutely gorgeous...what an amazing creation! Wow. Speechless.

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  4. Well done, a very evocative piece!

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  5. Echoing everyone's comments above because this one leaves me (like Sweetpea) speechless! It is absolutely stunning! Penny, you have outdone yourself this time, and made yourself a tough act to follow. ;)

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  6. Beautiful. Love the layers, the colors, the depth. It feels ancient. You've captured the spirit of the land! Well done.

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  7. Love this! We did some boat trips on the Colorado River and Hell's Canyon and I never tired of looking at the geology of the walls. You captured it beautifully.

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  8. What a great interpretation of those amazing canyons. I love seeing those strata and wondering about those who have walked each layer. And boy I can't see those seems at all! Love how you've included the silk streamers flowing through.

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  9. Wow, Penny, I just love the colours and blended textures in this piece!! The way it draws my eye all around is just amazing, though I can't help but look at the bottom right corner, and wonder what lies in the nooks and crannies of that space.. Another job beautifully executed!

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  10. What you have done with all the textures and colors in this piece is wonderful! Very very well done!!!

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  11. Wow your punch needleing and design look fabulous!!

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