Cherry Blossoms time, the theme of my new art quilt

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I love cherry trees, it’s breath taking to see each new tree as it is in full bloom. I love the romance of the pink “snow” which covers the ground after the blossoms fall. I love that glorious spectacle that occurs every year. The fact that it lasts  for only a brief  time, makes the experience even sweeter.

In a earlier post I mentioned a charming Japanese tradition which celebrating  the beauty of their blooming cherry trees. I am enchanted by this wonderful Japanese tradition, that occurs every year. As the cherry trees begin their  bloom season the celebration of that beauty begins,

There are many varieties of  cherry trees, each one has it’s own bloom cycle, some early, some  mid season or others bloom late.  As one variety of  tree  begins  it’s bloom cycle,  another variety is  just  finishing it’s. The blooming season is extended with the staggered bloom times.

I have no idea of the history behind what follows, perhaps it is simply a way to appreciate the beautiful display. Families picnic  under the trees which are  currently blooming. When the next  round of blooming begins, they follow and have another picnic beneath the blossoms, and on this will continue til the blooming has finished.

You may wonder how do people know which trees are currently in bloom? Bloom updates report the currently blooming trees and their locations, in much the same way as ski reports are  broadcast here in the states. Which ski locations have fresh snow, ” Vale Colorado has fresh snow with a depth of …” .. As the updated  blooming reports are made a flurry of people travel from one location to the next follow, taking in all the beauty.

I think this story illustrates the excitement and awe we feel as we observe  this wonderful spectacle. I decided to make the theme of my new art quilt one tree in bloom. Looking up the old  gnarly trunk of a old cherry tree to see a pink cloud of blossoms spilling out  over the branches.  It is a  striking contrast.

I’ve made a start on it. My quilt is on a long hand painted panel, which is  about 50″ by 19. I’ve fused on many cherry blossoms and am in the process of appliqueing them on. Then the thread painting will add detail, the bark on the tree and so forth.

Here are a few photos of this early stage, I’ll try to give you updates of the progress.

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Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More

About Myself & My Approach To My Art About Myself & My Approach To My Art I can't remember a time in life, that art didn't play a role, in one form or another. But my primary focus as an artist, has been painting. Close to 20 years ago, I was introduced to quilting & quickly became passionate about it. However to create a quilt there are some necessary steps that have to be followed, this obviously restricts some of the creative choices. I began to miss the creative freedom possible with painting. Since there are only so many hours in a day and I had other important things going on in my life, I had to focus my interests. When I discovered mixed media art quilting, it was a great fit. The combination of quilting techniques with painting and other art skills opened new creative directions to explore. I was home! It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges. Then I follow where it leads. My approach is more of an instinctual one. I usually don't do much pre-planning. My creative choices are made as they present themselves, based on my gut feeling. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise! Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. Personal Links

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