Throughout the holidays our routine here does not change much. We do not travel away for Christmas, but have family close enough for a day visit and return to home again. It turned cold and we had livestock water-bowl trouble throughout the weekend, culminating in a break that required a fix on Christmas morning. I wonder if Mother N ever has a good chuckle over mans fascination with calendar events and trying to stick to the plans.
You will have noticed I took a hiatus from the computer for a week. It was not a preplanned move but it unfolded that way and since it felt kinda good not being at the computer for a spell I rolled with it.
I unpacked some wool and started a felting project. It was a very rusty start but by weeks end I had two and half projects done. It got me thinking how it is that I have not shared artwork in awhile. I still rise early each morning and do some writing or drawing but the felting needles have been idle for a little while.
I sketched this one out several months ago and decided to dive into it. The piece is 20 inches by 30 inches, entirely needle felted. It is 100% wool with fibre from Targhee sheep, Romney sheep, Corriedale sheep, and crossbred sheep (breeds unknown).
The dog is an Anatolian shepherd I know well, and the reference photo is an old one of not great quality, taken in the dead of winter. I worked from a black and white copy of the photo, just using that for contrast areas. I altered the sheep and the background as I laid wool down, changing the scene to a sunrise/sunset scene. Looking at it now, I still need to add more to the border edges. The title at this stage is 'Golden Boy' but titles are always subject to change :-)
My plan for hanging it is to wrap it around a foam core board or hard board and mount it that way (like a canvas wrap picture). Then again, if the piece sells; it is far simpler to fold it and mail it than to mail it mounted on a hard board. It is quite a lovely piece to see hanging, it pleases me greatly. Hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse of it here.