Archive for the ‘landscape’ Category

from hills and valleys 20 x 30 lo res

I decided to work a little larger than usual for this piece. It is a scene in the Kempton Valley that I’ve done before, from a different angle. Either way, I love the place, near where my cousin lives. I tried a different edging on this one.  I do want some feedback on that.  Does it work, or not?

Martha Ressler

From Hills and Valleys

Art Quilt

20 x 30″

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barn shadows 16 x 20 lo res

I spied this small old barn in an alley in Kutztown, PA. It made me think about the close ties between farm and town in my neck of the woods.  And how those ties were even closer whenever this barn was built.

I use vintage feed sacks for the barn. The shadow on the right side of the piece makes you wonder what is next door, out of the picture.

Martha Ressler

Barn Shadows

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

old billboard outside reading pa lo res

The inspiration for this piece was the first scene in the movei “3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO.” The billboards were old, and torn. I thought they looked neat — in an worn, textured kind of way.

There is a tacky sign outside Reading saying something like, “Mayor Wally Scott welcomes you to the city of positive change.” It has such a temporary feel that it looks like it could be moved, changed, or maybe just blow over at any moment.

Anyway, those two images came together in my mind for this piece. It got a bit overworked. Sorry about that.  At this point it is what it is.

In case you are wondering, the figure in the lower left of the old billboard is Morelos, hero of the Mexican revolution.  He was on a peso note that I had.

And I want to add that there are many people working hard to make Reading a vibrant town again. I do count myself among them. But that doesn’t mean that I’m blind to the ironies and contradictions of what is still the poorest city over 85,000 in the US. It was once great, but not all of the change has been positive.

Martha Ressler

Old Billboard Outside Reading, PA

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

A Separate Piece 20 x 16 lo res

There are sometimes issues in the country. A lone farmer wants to hold out from development. Or, conversely, wants to sell their farm to a developer. Life in town is different from life on the land. Its a separate piece of land, of reality, or of cloth.

Martha Ressler

A Separate Piece

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

purple sky red roof lo res

I noticed the shapes of this barn down the road from us, while out walking one day. I think it makes a great composition on its own.  But I did decide to add the purple sky as an added touch.

Martha Ressler

Red Roof, Purple Sky

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

Red Shed Orange Door Yellow Sky lo res

This is a re-do of a quilt I made a few years ago. The scene of this group of buildings, near Yellow House, PA, tickled me because of the colors. I added the yellow sky in the new piece, as a nod to the proximity of a town with a name like Yellow House, and because it goes with the red and orange. I’m starting to try to see how far I can go in re-organizing a scene using fabric. And still make a representational image, that is.

Martha Ressler

Red Shed, Orange Door, Yellow Sky

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

Jack and the Hemp Stalk lo res

Will the now-legalized growing of hemp in PA, and the legalization of medical marijuana bring new success for agriculture?

Either way, Jack is managing to get higher and higher!

Martha Ressler

Jack and the Hemp Stalk

Art Quilt, 20 x 16″