My work in an exhibition!
One of the galleries local to us runs an annual Open Art exhibition and I've always enjoyed going to see the work (which is of a very good standard) but this is the first year that I've entered. Most pieces are fairly traditional watercolours and oil paintings so I took in 2 embroideries - 1 was a portrait of my tabby cat done using free machine emboidery, the other was an image of trees and a stream which I mainly hand-stitched but also used small pebbles for the rocks at the edge of the stream and organza for the water. I was really happy to hear that my 2nd picture had been selected to be part of the exhibition and I went to collect the unwanted one today.
The standard was even better this year than previously and most of the work was incredible. I even considered buying a couple of pieces but I'm not sure where I could fit them in the house. It was very strange to see my work on the wall next to these amazing pieces, especially as it is pretty small and a few paintings were a couple of feet across. Although it doesn't look as good to me as some of the other work, I am proud to have it selected and being seen by probably hundreds of people throught the 6 weeks that the exhibition is on for. I know that I won't win a prize but it's still an achievement for me and gives me the impetus to do more work and enter again.The image is a little dark but hopefully you can get an idea of the 3D nature of this picture and the way that the stones and some of the threads overlap the mounting.