Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nativity maquette...


I changed the design quite a bit for the right side panel today, as you can see. These will be the two tapestries, which will hang on either side of the church's sanctuary podium. At the center of an arched ceiling in the sanctuary, there is a round abstract stained glass window. It is of quite bright primary colors, so the tapestries are to have the same colors in them. Each of the animals in the right side panel were chosen (by me) because of Biblical symbolism. The flowers on the left panel are Easter lilies, and on the right panel, the tree is a dogwood tree. Each of the two panels will be about 18" wide by 44" long.

The images I worked from today included a photo of a fox and one of a mule-ear deer, both taken up at the mountain lake our cabin is near. The black-faced sheep was from a photo I took in Maine. The dove is from a photo I took from my studio window when our resident pair were nesting right outside on a limb that touches the studio window. The lamb is Gus, magically transformed from a cat to a sheep. And the male figure is modeled after my husband, whom I forced to kneel and pose for me. The dogwood tree is based on the dogwoods we have seen and photographed when in Boston.

Tomorrow, I will work on the upper and lower borders. The upper border is to have local landscape, and the lower border will have a banner with text. Almost there!

6 comments:

Theresa said...

What can I say other than they are both stunning. I love the wild animals included. The fox and deer are so beautiful in the piece.

Rhonda said...

I agree with Theresa, stunning and beautiful. This will be a marvelous tapestry. Your symbolism in both panels is wonderful.

Jan said...

Wow, you have been working hard. This is really coming together. Isn't it fun that when it's all done, it will have so many precious reminders for you. Gus, your husband, even "your" dove!

K Spoering said...

Jan, that's how all my tapestries are - with bits of me and my life thrown in!

Sue said...

Beautiful, and will keep you busy for a while...I love your use of imagery and can hardly wait to see how it goes.

teena ford said...

This is exactly what i was looking for, i love these type of
tapestries,this is a example of real tapestries.