Saturday, February 27, 2016

EGA Challenge First Piece

This year's challenge is a set of 3 related designs. Unlike the Master Craftsman program, there is no "fail" - well there may be, but it doesn't hurt like the MC program. And I can get some feedback for improvements. My three pieces are sea and shore related, as I want to try out some representations of the sea, waves, water and reflection. I painted the background on Dupioni silk:

I decided to cut off the top, as the distant hills make the scale of the foreground all wonky. There are 3 gulls, and two of them are partially reflected on the wet sand. The surf was done with deconstructed flair thread.
Not perfect, but definitely has possibilities. I think if the sea and wet sand were painted darker, it would look better.
I plan to put some rocks on the bottom right to balance the picture.


I have the second piece painted, but have not started on it yet. These are anemones (without the tentacles) among rocks and seaweeds.


  1. The little seagulls are really cute.

  2. Thank you! It was surprising difficult to make them look realistic, as they are small, and the thread is (relatively) thick, glad you liked them.