What a wonderful man. I drew this portrait to celebrate Robin’s life. Rest in peace, friend of the world.
This was the second portrait I did. At this point I was still learning how to use the pencils effectively. I experimented a little with colour using my beautiful derwents.
In an effort to use up my fabric stash, I was inspired to revisit my salmon patterns used to make my first salmon art quilt and create another.
I quilted over the body of the fish following the colours in the fabric.
The Yukon is such a beautiful, inspiring place to live. This art quilt captivates many things I love about the land.
I bought the mountain fabric specifically for my Grazing Bison art quilt and had enough left-over to use on this one.
This was my first experience stippling and I’m stoked with the results. The stippling is smaller towards the mountain and larger towards to bottom of the quilt to add depth.
I didn’t plan on leaving this quilt so scrappy, but I love the effect.
I used whatever green yarn and thread I had to recreate the branches and needles.
Back in August 2013 I bought a handful of little pink beads from a second-hand store in Haines, Alaska. At the time, I loved that they resembled salmon, and planned to use them in an artwork once I learned how to quilt.
Finally they have found themselves a home in my Yukon River art quilt.
This artwork was inspired and made from scraps from my Whitehorse Rapids quilt.
The salmon were sketched from a selection of images I found online.
I used some beautiful fabrics bought at Bear’s Paw Quilts for each section of the coho salmon.
The salmon were topstitched with silver thread to give the illusion on scales.
The back of the quilt is just as beautiful – with only the stitching showing through.
This wall-hanging was made as a Christmas gift to my Uncle Al – who has worked among salmon for many, many years.
I am very happy with the final product.
Here is a picture of a coho salmon for comparison: