Living in South Somerset near the Somerset Levels I am very aware of the The Great Crane Project. This project aims to re-introduce European cranes to the south west of England, helping to restore a healthy population throughout the UK. This piece has been a very long time in the research and making!
Above left – Cottons ready for feather details, above right – planning the feathers out with iron removable pen and early stitching of individual feathers.
Jumping from the images above to the finished piece below, I seem to have neglected to take many WIP images.
Below left, scaling out on the tracing paper the length of the legs compared to the finished body. Below right experimenting with fabric and paint to achieve the ‘scaly’ appearance of the birds legs. Stitching of the legs can be seen beneath.
I have spent months trying to decide on the backing for this bird, finally deciding, after discussion at one of our peer review meetings at CQW.
I cannot overstate the importance of being involved in a creative group, they can see things you can no longer notice and offer helpful advice to help you move a piece of work or idea forward.
I thoroughly enjoyed painting the birds in flight on the background and trying to give the landscape some perspective with the layered fabrics. The image below is poor quality and the colours are not at all accurate. The piece is now ready to be scanned and framed as part of the exhibition next September at Ace Arts in Somerton. The exhibition is about the Somerset Levels and its a huge relief to have finished one of the two large planned pieces now….