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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Tanner Springs Summer Reflections

In addition to bright, warm sunshine and brilliant colors, autumn brings a little melancholy that cannot be fully explained.  Perhaps my wistfulness simply laments the end of another beautiful Portland summer.  

These thread-sketched greeting cards celebrate summer in Tanner Springs Park. 
Because the cards were created using the same steps described many times, there are few words of explanation.  As always, please let me know if you have questions about product or process.
I hope you enjoy.


Sketch pad drawing of a new heron who visited a few days this year.
Sketch transferred to water soluble stabilizer, taped to canvas and ready for outline stitches

After stitching the outline in black, a little acrylic paint was used to add background color before filling in more free motion stitches.

4x6 greeting card


Sketch of bench where the spring bubbles up.

Finished 4x6 greeting card

Baby Ducks

Nothing heralds spring and summer in Tanner Springs like the arrival of baby ducks.

Lily Pads and Carp

My sketch does not do justice to the beautiful water lilies in the Tanner Springs pond.  
The introduction of carp into the pond threatens the ecosystem.  It is amazing how large some of the carp have grown in such shallow water.  It is still unclear how the problems caused by the carp will be resolved.
The carp was not part of the photo I took in the park.  I decided to add it later to create more interest.

This carp is more colorful than the carp you will see in Tanner Springs.  

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you will come back again.