My Wild Life….. series

After listening to the SAQA webinar “Working in a Series”, I have made the decision to do just that!  The talk was very inspiring but more importantly made me think about the direction my art is moving… which was basically nowhere!  I am hopeful that working on this series will help me grow as an artist as well as elevating my artwork to a new level.  I plan to blog at the end of each week on my progress, my successes, my failures, and my Ah-Ha moments.  Since this past week was my decision to begin the series, I am going to share with you what has transpired since:

“Wild Life” is the name I have temporarily chosen.  It describes the subject matter but breaking it into two words gives the title a hint of mystery.  Here’s the parameters I am giving myself:  1) The series will be portraits of animals found in the wild, 2) 16×20 portrait orientation, 3) Commercial fabric, 4) Freehand threadwork, 5) No photo transfers, 6) Ink staining and paint allowed.

This first animal portrait is taken from a photo by Richard Spratley, a wildlife and nature photographer (Mountain Meadow Photography).  Richard graciously gave me permission to use this photo of a Grizzly Bear taken in Yellowstone for this first quilt.13474953_1291409994217391_3760312556841112880_o

Since I am working on a portrait series, I cropped the photo:Grizzly_20x16

This quilt was started by a simple line drawing over a 1-inch grid and it is developing from there.  I don’t think it will be finished for a few more weeks, but so far, here is my progress:


Grizzly Line Drawing
Grizzly Line Drawing





8 Replies to “My Wild Life….. series”

  1. I too, can’t wait to see where you go with this. Your bear so far is amazing. I started portraits of people earlier this year but have lost my focus. Maybe you will inspire me…… lol

    1. Thank you so much, Barb. I have dabbled in people portraits too, but I get all hung up in the “it has to look like the person” part! Animal portraits are much more forgiving in that respect. 🙂

  2. Rebecca. I am honored that you have chosen my photograph. You do outstanding work and this is absolutely amazing. By the way, this is no ordinary Grizzly. This is 399, the most famous or well known grizzly on the planet.

    1. Oh MY!! Well… go big or go home, right? I better do her justice! Please tell me about how 399 became so famous. Your photography is amazing and I am very grateful you are letting me use your images for my quilts.

  3. Rebecca,
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful art work! I am pretty new and trying to learn, have a long ways to go. My first try at thread painting was making a scene on a quilt for my son. A yellow moon streaming light over water. A goose flying over, was a new venture but came out fairly well, a little stiff looking but not bad. Look forward to any tips you might share.

    1. Thank you for those kind words, Louise. I just started this blog a few weeks ago, so I hope to expand it in time to include some tutorials, etc. Your nighttime scene sounds lovely. I bet your son loves it! Keep on practicing on small pieces; that way you don’t get bored, frustrated, or overwhelmed. If it doesn’t turn out the way you think it should, toss it in the trash and start over. That is the beauty of working small when practicing. 🙂

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