Friday, March 28, 2014

Redbud Sighting

My favorite time of year in Northern Virginia is about two weeks from now.  While thousands travel to see the stately Cherry Blossoms, I love driving the highways and coming upon a small glimmer of redbuds growing wild along the roadside.  Their color is so brilliant; gray and brown of winter still dominant with only a smattering of pale spring green seen.  Because we drive so fast here, the sight is gone almost as soon as it is seen.

Below you can see the parts of the block that began with the block Victoria posted.  I have wanted to depict this fragile time of spring for a long time but it wasn't until I added the gray and brown that I could see the effect I wanted.  Victoria said to try something new, so I "deconstructed" the block and added more pieces.  Then I added the flowers with a fancy stitch from my machine -another first for me!

Below is a picture I made with the Paint program on my computer.  I thought I was going to add brown and gray around the block to represent the woods and the road, but at this time, I think keeping it small as seen in the first picture above works better.


Jennifer Thomas said...

Lovely! I really enjoy the Redbuds, too. They are so pretty! All the trees are starting to blossom here in North Carolina this week. My favorite so far this year is one of my Peach trees. So pretty in pink! Have a super day!

Margaret said...

I've never seen redbuds but I think how you deconstructed the block & depicted the scene is wonderful!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

Way to go and let your ideas take hold! Love it!

Bethany said...

When I drove truck over the road, seeing the Red Buds blooming along the highway in TN and KY always brightened my day. Especially if I had just loaded in cold and gloomy WI.

roccagal said...

this is just wonderful Willa! LUV LUV LUV IT!
-very original and so effectively conveys the redbud!

sheila 77 said...

Beautiful work, Willa, I always enjoy the results of your deconstruction technique.
I very much like your Paint program picture, it's something quite different.