Monday, October 5, 2009

Cape Lookout Lighthouse 150th Anniversary

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse in North Carolina, they will be holding a juried art and photography show. I decided to enter one of my Threadscapes and this time I changed it up a bit. Instead of using one of my photographs, I chose to try my hand at painting instead. The picture above shows the piece once it was painted and you can see the threads laying across it while I choose which threads will work the best.
Going back to painting has been on my list for awhile now and this seemed the perfect opportunity to do so. Once the paint was set (acrylic mixed with textile medium) and the threads were chosen, it was time to take it to the machine and do my magic. I am very pleased with how it turned out and hope that whoever is jurying the art show will feel the same. I will be thousands of feet in the air on my way to St. Louis while this is happening and so I won't have time to fret over it until later.
Some are surprised to find that I don't decorate with lighthouses since my husband is in the Coast Guard. I was in the CG at one time as well and that is how we met. So even though I do not decorate with them, I have a huge respect for the men who have served them for so long before father being one of them. Although he didn't get to serve in one of the traditional ones as he would have liked, he spent a total of 4 years on 2 separate lighthouse platforms out in the middle of the ocean before they were automated as well.
We are a Coast Guard family and so I painted this lighthouse and entered this show in honor of all the lighthouse keepers and their families.

If you are in the area, please go visit the show at the Core Sound Museum, Harker's Island, NC. It runs from Oct 10th- Nov 1st


JYA Fiberarts said...

I love your lighthose piece. I also am intrigued with lighthouses. A year ago I did a queen sized white work piece featuring Whaleback Light, off Portsmouth NH.

Robin said...

Thank you, JYA, for taking a look. I am impressed with the project you accomplished. I see on your blog that we do the same thing as far as photographing stuff on the beach and recreating.
Stay creative!

Jean Baardsen said...

Your quilting certainly enhances the painting on this piece! I doubt that I'll get to the museum, but I hope you'll bring this to the November meeting so we can see it in person, all finished.

kathy said...

This is quite wonderful Robin...and I loved reading about your Coast Guard family and is more meaning. You did a great job on it...I think the painting is awesome!

Cathy W said...

This piece is lovely & your threadwork is fabulous! Congratulations on your Honorable Mention!!!