Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park

Today’s piece is another work from the Visions of Spain series and is currently on exhibit in Lifeweavings: A Creative Journey, at Eucalyptus Massage Center Gallery. It is entitled, Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park (Madrid). One of my photos had lines and colors that inspired me. I loved the way the guy’s shirt and the boats just happened to match…the lines the walkway and the wall made with each other to provide the perspective and depth to this scene…along with the accent of the row of bright red boats resting along the shoreline. A nice afternoon stroll…

Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park (Madrid), 17 3/4" x 19 1/2", rayon and cotton on cotton. Applique, free-motion quilting, piecing, threadpainting, © 2014 Joni Beach.
Sunday Stroll in Retiro Park (Madrid), 17 3/4″ x 19 1/2″, rayon and cotton on cotton. Applique, free-motion quilting, piecing, thread-painting, © 2014 Joni Beach.

To create this piece, first different fabrics were auditioned to see which ones could create the image I wanted.


The background was then composed…


The boats and the guy were constructed separately as appliques before applying them to the background.


Thread-sketching and thread-painting was used extensively to add details and shading. The machine is used similar to the way you would draw with a pencil~~viewing the original photo as a guide, while drawing lines and shading.


Dense-stitch quilting was used on the background elements~~the lake, trees, sky, ground and walkways~~to add texture and dimension. Using heavy threads and embroidery floss, two cables were added to tie the boats together.


You can see this and other pieces in this series, Visions of Spain, on my website Art Gallery!

 Available Artwork May Be Purchased Through: Eucalyptus Massage Center Gallery.