I started laying out Night of the Mares some time ago (pre-pandemic) and set it aside because I only had two pieces of the fabric with the horses — my “horse paint” as I told my fellow art guild friends! I returned to it recently, feeling that it had potential, I pulled the two pieces closer together and tightened the composition, and at the suggestion of my friends, with whom I have been meeting over Zoom for what had previously been Open Guild Room sessions, I added the cactuses on the left to fill in and balance the design. One further suggestion resulted in the rising moon in the purple sky, made of Angelina fiber which looks like very fine Easter grass in the package, but becomes iridescent when ironed into a flat piece. A touch of gold paint on the horses’ necks and backs, especially in the upper one, finished the work.
This is one of the pieces I entered into the Framingham Artists’ Guild art show on display for December 2022 at the Framingham Public Library, and It won a third prize against some stiff competition!