The Tree and Crow. Old Tree, New Life

I finished sewing the green onto the bottom of my fabric painting this morning.  Then I took a picture of it so I could send it to Linda.

When I first began making the tree and crow fabric painting Linda emailed me and said she was interested in it, that it spoke to her.   So I told her she could have first choice when it was done, it was hers if she wanted.

But before I could even write to Linda, she had written to me.  She saw the video of the piece, all but finished, and wanted it.

And as I began to write her back the name of the piece came to me.  As simple as could be, without me even trying, the words popped into my head.  Old Tree, New Life.

It works on many levels.  How a dying tree gives off nutrients to the smaller trees around it.  How the dead branches are food for insects and the insects are food for woodpeckers.  How other animals use the holes for a home.

But my old tree has also given new life to the doilies I used to make it.  And to the appliqué from the old quilt top  that I used to make the leaves.  How the quilted jacket that is the backing now lives as the sky behind the tree.  And that old crescent moon lace has found its place at last.

I have an old blue table cloth that I’ll use as the backing.  I cut it to size today, and will sew it on tomorrow.

After that I’ll send “Old Tree, New Life” to it’s new home.

8 thoughts on “The Tree and Crow. Old Tree, New Life

  1. Each of your quilts is a picture book in fabric: we get to see you start the story, maybe with a hint of what’s triggering the “plot” (found fabric, a dream, something in nature), the beginnings of the color palette, sometimes with erasing or scratching out of your initial composition, then the “story” really gets rolling with strategic placement of shapes and figures or scenes, and each “chapter” bordered with a strip of enhancing color, building out until you wrap the whole “plot” up at the end. And sometimes the Title is known at the beginning, or in the middle or at the end. But it’s always perfect and beautiful. Sigh.

    1. What a great way of seeing it Amy. Thanks for that. I do try to show the process as it happens, but thinking of it as a story is really interesting…

  2. Hello Maria, I love your videos and hearing you and Jon’s interchanges, speaking about life still in a dead tree. I actually was sure to take the time to watch because I always feel uplifted after and I thank you for that! The crow on the dead-alive tree quilt is amazing. I shared the video with my husband who also enjoyed it

    1. Thank you Joan I’m so glad you find the videos uplifting. I’d not have thought of that. It’s makes me feel good to hear. :)

  3. I am Linda! And I’m so excited about my new artwork!

    As I shared with Maria, I was initially attracted by the use of doilies for the tree trunk. My grandma had doilies everywhere when I was growing up, and I was obsessed with them. But what has really made me fall in love with the piece is its story. It’s such a gift to get to know the artist and hear about their inspiration and their process.

    1. I have found the story to be such an important part of the whole process and finished piece Linda. It is so often the story of a thing that I am drawn to also. I’m so glad it has such meaning for you Linda. That makes me very happy. Thanks again.

  4. Such a beautiful piece! I love the animal pieces you do. If this becomes a magnet, I definitely want one!

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