- Red which included Red, Blue-Red, and Magenta as options
- Green which included Blue-Green, Green, and Spring Green
Many windmills are installed on working farms and ranches, which generates additional income for the farmers/ranchers for use of their land. As you can see, I had a lot of fun transforming those rolling hills with lots of stitched textures to represent the coexistence with the agriculture sector.
This was a new-to-me motif that was super fun to stitch following these mark-free steps:
- Use strips of 1.5" wide blue painter's tape to space out diagonal rows.
- Stitch a row of arcs that bump up towards the blue tape and less than halfway into the open space. Don't worry about making the arcs all the same size/width.
- Travel back stitching upside down arcs that mirror the first row, leaving space below. Again, don't worry about making the arcs all the same size or even connecting with the previous arcs.
- Fill in the negative space with dense zig zags.
I wanted to include a few facts about wind energy use in the United States and highlight a few of the many environmental and economic benefits. Sakura Gelly Roll pens were perfect for adding small snippets of text onto the towers as well as into the background space.
|"WIN-WIN Wind Energy" Finishes 15" x 45"|
Here is my accompanying Artist's Statement:
As I drive past the 2700 windmills in the Palm Springs Desert and nearly 5000 towers along the Altamount Pass, I am struck by the awe-inspiring vista of so many windmills turning in unison. When viewed from a distance, the towers look small and unassuming. It's hard to believe that many are the same height as the Statue of Liberty and collectively, they generate enough energy to power nearly 18 million American homes annually!
Over the past decade, the US has made great strides to harness the wind's energy, which has yielded both environmental and economic benefits. Windmills provide a sustainable green win-win (or "wind-wind") solution for powering our homes and businesses, and our economy in the form of manufacturing and creating jobs.
This piece was finished 4 days before the entry deadline. Stay tuned to see if I was ambitious enough to start and finish a second entry piece within the remaining 3.5 days...