I’ve always been a fan of Monet. I don’t think there are too many of his works I don’t like, but I particularly like his irises, bridges, weeping willows and water lilies. But I decided for this challenge I would step out of my comfort zone and try something different. So, I chose his “The Seine Near Vetheuil – Stormy Weather” for my challenge.
Since I have a new drum carder, I decided to make a batt for the base from the domestic 56s I have. I used merino, pieces of unknown wool batts I had purchased to paint the picture and some mulberry silk and throwsters waste for accents. It was harder than I thought to simulate the brush strokes and capture the color subtleties and layers in this piece. I could have stopped here and put it under glass, but I kept going.
When it dried I noticed the coarser domestic 56 wool had migrated thru and made the piece very hairy. It definitely needed a good shave. I wondered if I had wet felted the base first if I would have had as much migration. Next time I’ll try that.
After shaving it, particularly in the darker areas, I felt it still needed something.
So, I put it on the floor and looked at it for awhile to decide where I could needle felt some of the areas to give it more definition. I added some wool to some of the tree lines and needled around others.
Since its my impression of this work, I’m satisfied with the outcome. There are a few places I would have done things differently when laying out, but they weren’t obvious during that stage as they were after the felting.
Have you found your Monet challenge yet?