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30 for 30 2018

Here’s a collage of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, complete. (I left out a few cats!)

It’s easier to see the stronger compositions when in this format. I think my favorite might be the Red Roof, Purple Sky.  or maybe Red Shed, Orange Door, Yellow Sky.  or Purple Thought.  Or maybe Barn Shadows. What about you?

Martha Ressler

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The Little Red Maple lo res

The smallest of our red maple trees, with the final leaves clinging to its branches caught my eye in late autumn. The background is pieced sections of a hand painted cloth panel from Malaysia, bought at Ladyfingers Sewing Studio in Oley, PA (a treasure trove of fine fabrics.)

I had actually made most of this piece a couple of years ago, but added the extensive hand embroidery during my recent vacation during long hours riding in the car. I  think it changes it completely, echoing the white of the tree section. Now, it’s done!

Martha Ressler

The Little Red Maple

Art Quilt

17.5 x 16.5″

Winter Meadow lo res

This is another product of the screen printing class I took. I made three passes with the screen: the translucent blue shadows and tracks, a tan color of the weeds, and a darker colors of some of the weeds, as an accent.  Then I heavily hand embroidered the piece. I am excited about this one.  The view of our meadow in the snow is special to me.

Martha Ressler

Winter Meadow

Art Quilt

9 x 12″

 

red barn and spring house lo res

Red Barn and Spring House is a spot I know well, as it’s right next door on my sister and brother in law’s property. They don’t use the old spring house anymore, but I like to think about how it used to keep milk and cheese cool in the warm summer months. It’s pretty muddy there, but the cows don’t seem to mind.  They can always find water in the boggy parts.

My hubby likes to tell the tale of painting this barn when he was a teenager, especially the hex signs.  I do believe it must have been a harrowing experience.

I like the way the roof of the barn turned out.  Even though it was snow covered, you could still see some textures and even some color from the underlying roof and I wanted to capture that.

Martha Ressler

Red Barn and Spring House

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

Lower meadow-september 20 x 30 lo res

I made this scene once before, but I felt that it needed a large quilt, so I did it again. My husband has been working on the lower meadow on our property for years, clearing out the invasive Autumn Olive, Tree of Heaven and Multiflora Rose which were choking out the native plants.  Now goldenrod, milkweed, Joe Pye, Boneset, and many other natives flourish there. This view shows an old apple tree, and the new young ones we’ve planted. They are doing well, alongside the Chestnut trees we planted a few years ago too.

Martha Ressler

The Lower Meadow, September

Art Quilt

20 x 30″

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″

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″