To begin, a photo taken by Jan Herman in the fall of 2014 and a visit to Silverton in 2016 is the basis for painting “Silverton”. The finished fine art size is 11×14, framed.
The painting is watercolor and acrylic media with the painted details done randomly. In addition, other details are thread painted in shades of yellow, orange and green leaves for the aspen. Also, the trees are painted in shades of gray and mauve. After painting, the entire art is quilted with colorful threads through multiple layers of cotton and batting.
Capturing a feeling
My hope is to capture the colorful aspens and sun streaks passing through the trees to the dirt and gravel road. My husband Ken and I traveled that fall day outside of Silverton, Colorado exploring the forests and rough roads. Furthermore, in the background, mountains peeked above the trees and contrasted with the blue sky and clouds. Most noteworthy, it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day.
To explain, this is my first full water media painting. Normally, I only paint the background to add color basis. I have plans to paint more pictures to quilt. The benefit of painting first before doing the quilting, is to randomly accent the character of the painting and to give a dimensional quality to the art. Part of the effect is to isolate certain colors. Further, the thread painting makes a water media color more intense, or with my road colors, lessens some colors to moderate shadows.
Finally, “Silverton” is the first of its series. There are more Colorado themed thread paintings and quilted art planned for this series. I am focusing on aspen trees as well as other art in the series that will be mountain and forest scenes.