Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Winter Farm smallFor day 2 of the 30 for 30 Challenge I’m posting a small quilt version of the piece I did yesterday: Winter Farm in the Valley.

This piece is 6 x 8″ and will be framed: floated on a black linen background in a hand made barn wood frame.


Winter Farm in the Valley

This farm, straddling both sides of the road, is near us. I love looking at the layers of hillsides above it, and the wintertime shapes and colors. This represents day 1 of Leslie Saeta’s 30 for 30 challenge — one painting a day in the month of February.  Or in my case, one art quilt a day!

Martha Ressler

Winter Farm in the Valley

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

I received such a welcome email recently. It was one I had always wanted to get.

“Last year your unique ‘Off Season’ hung in the Hawk Mountain Visitors Center and later at Goggleworks in Reading, PA. Your work of art is one that has stuck with me and truly is one of a kind. Your entire quilt collection is quite interesting, in how you honor the art of quilting and create a fresh modern view. Curious as to whether or not “Off Season” remains available. Thanks again for sharing your work at Hawk Mountain and bringing the off season mountain to vibrant life.”

Don’t you wish that your art remained in someone’s mind for a year? I certainly have longed for such a response.

Of course I wrote the young gentleman back, saying that I still had the piece, and we arranged for him to visit my studio to see it.

He came, and bought it, after I made a small change in its presentation, mounting it on stretcher bars covered with linen.

The buyer is a volunteer at Hawk Mountain, a lover of nature, and a delightful human being.

He understood right away why I went to the trouble of making this image using plastic shopping bags, as a nod to the conservation efforts of Hawk Mountain.

I also contacted the art organization that organized the original show, Berks Art Alliance, and sent them a check for a percentage of the sale.  That’s only fair, as the buyer saw the work through their efforts.

off season off season detail3

Lingering Winter

This is another new piece inspired by walking and visiting towns in Berks County, my new home. Hamburg is the town of 3000 something that is closest to us, and this is from there. I combined a couple of locations, the church with the pointy green towers, a house, and some row houses. The background represents the mountains in the background, against which the little town nestles.