This years challenge is ‘Where in the World”…..
It will not come as any surprise to know that mine is based on a bird! I recently watched the fabulous BBC series ‘Tribes, Predators & Me’ with nature photographer Gordon Buchanan.
All three parts were fabulous but I loved the story of the Eagle people of Mongolia. These Kazakh nomads hunt on horseback with Golden eagles in the Altai mountains of Western Mongolia.
The aim was to set the bird into a backdrop that gave an idea of the tribesmen’s life. This backing fabric helped to set the scene of a barren land of mountains and snow capped peaks, whilst also giving a subtle backdrop to the bird. A rose gold gilded sun added more interest to the backing.
I have painted a shadow outline of a distant horseman with his eagle on his arm, ready to hunt.
This is quite a different challenge for me as I love trying to capture the birds power and intensity through its eye and reflections. On this occasion though I wanted to show the bird resting in the foreground with its hood on.
I chose a selection of fabrics to create the leather hand made hood. I have started to hand stitch areas to help create the hand pieced effect.
I have started to stitch the bird and look forward to finishing the piece after half term.
As always the entries will be for sale via a secret auction to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice. Its well worth a visit whilst the show is on.
All entries will be displayed at the shop every day from Friday, November 24th, until Monday, December 18th.
I look forward to posting images of the finished piece before delivering it to MQ for the exhibition.