I take pictures--lots of pictures--pictures of animals, flowers, mushrooms, insects, birds, pond scum--you name it and I'll point a camera at it. I especially like to zoom in and get the details that aren't evident at first glance. Digital cameras are one of the world's greatest inventions. They have saved me a fortune in film and developing and being able to download them to my computer and edit--well that's just the icing on the cake.
Trees are so interesting--the effects of the changes of the seasons, the intricacies of patterns on the bark and the variety of bark from the rough, somewhat spongy pine to the hard, tough oak, the peeling paper bark of the birch and sycamore. I could go on and on, but you get the picture. I have a thing for trees. That's why they appear so often in my work. I'm not good at taking people pictures--it seems awkward and intrusive, so I'm much more comfortable with scenery and inanimate objects.
I used a technique that is somewhat like the confetti landscapes by Noriko Endo, but in order to keep control of all the little bits of fabric (generally about 1/4 inch) I applied a fusible to the back of the fabric, then cut it into itty bitty pieces and placed each one individually. I was very pleased that it really does look like leaves, grass, etc. Of course, the tree trunks, road, and sign are made from larger pieces of fabric.
My husband has a room reserved for me at a nice institution, but I think as long as I continue to cook something now and again, he won't send me away. Although, he did discover this morning that I'm working on another piece using this same technique--oops!