Along with a good part of the country, we had some dramatic wintery weather hit us hard yesterday, and there's only one thing I love more than a thunderstorm (when it comes to weather) and that is a big snow storm! I got what I love and became inspired...
Here are views from a front window,
and out back through my studio window,
about midway through the storm.
The falling flakes brought the mandala imagery to my mind...
First I drew a circle, and poked holes in the pattern above.
Using hemp string, I made a knot in each hole -
I guess it's something like a french knot in embroidery.
Here is the back side of the stitching, and the gessoed front
Next I drew out my design and began painting...
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As the sun was setting, I had the need to get myself out into the snow,
and with the help of my husband, we made a snow man.
and today I took a few more shots in the daylight