I created this canvas back in February and after I first created it, I knew that I wanted to turn it into a landscape with trees. I found some Japanese origami paper in my stash and thought it would be fun to create some trees from it, but changed my mind and decided that I would use torn strips of it to create hills instead. The trees were made from dictionary paper coloured with PanPastels and the flowers are newspaper coloured in the same way. I used a Black Soot Distress Marker to add some shading to the base of the tree trunks and around the edges of the flowers and put a big blob of Black Diamond stickles into the centre of each one.
This is what it looks like now.
I’m going to re-photograph it in better light as it doesn’t look very in focus to me. Possibly because I left the camera on the manual settings after trying to capture a huge owl at dusk that had landed on our neighbour’s wall the night before. It was getting pretty dark, so we were there with the tripod and the long lens, adjusting the camera’s settings for low light and using the remote control to minimise any camera shake on the long exposure that was necessary. Half an hour later we were excitedly downloading the photos from the camera to find we had lots of very blurry dark shots, but one or two that clearly showed that we had spent a good twenty minutes photographing a wooden decoy!
Our suspicions were confirmed the following morning – the owl hadn’t moved a millimetre! I’m pleased to say we saw the funny side – in fact we howled with laughter. Howled … get it? H-“owl”-ed!! Yeah, ok, I’ll leave the bad puns to Adrian.