Felted Monet Sunset!

Recently I joined a great Felting group that I am enjoying so much.  I move around a lot, every three years. My husband is in the army and the moving comes with the territory. While I really love seeing new places and meeting lots of new people, I am constantly leaving a trail of great friends, mentors and crafting buddies behind me.  This online crafting group , I hope will become a constant in my mobile life.  You can check out this great group of felt and fiber artists at The Felting and Fiber studio.

Well, this group organizes quarterly challenges, where they choose an artist to serve as inspiration and everyone submits felted projects.  A great way to try new things, share and learn from each other.  The artist chosen for this quarter is Claude Monet the father of French Impressionist painting.  I love him. I really do. Every since I was a starving student and I found Monet Water Lily bed sheets (with a bazillion thread count) at a thrift shop for $4.

1914-26_Claude_Monet_Agapanthus_MOMA_NY_anagoria
Monet-Agapanthus
Monet-Nympheas
Monet-Nympheas

 

I initially wanted to try my hand at one of Monet’s garden or water lily paintings, but I have been fascinated by sunsets , especially since living in the North, so I decided to give the painting that gave the name to Impressionism a try, Impression Sunset.

 

Monet-Impression Sunset
Monet-Impression Sunset
Monet-Impression Sunset
Monet-Impression Sunset

There is a lot to love about this iconic painting. A beautiful sunset, a harbour full of boats, and a lovely soft colour palette. Claude painted this in one sitting over breakfast one morning. I just wonder what the true colours are.  There are so many images of it on the internet, with quite a colour range.  I hope one day to see it in person, to see what it really looks like.

 

So I had my painting and I decided I wanted to replicate it as close as possible. So digging through my ever-growing wool stash, I picked out the colours that looked right. I used a base of ultra white merino batting.  I wanted it to be very light and bright. I spend some time blending the background and used some white silk to highlight the sky and water.  My cat thinks all this soft fluffy stuff is for him.

Wool Colour spectrum
Wool Colour spectrum
Background
Background
My assistant Devlin
My assistant Devlin

 

 

 

 

 

Needlefelted and ready to wet felt.
Needlefelted and ready to wet felt.

After I was happy with the background I lightly needle felted in the boats, reflections, and details.  I cut a sun from some orangy-peach prefelt that I had made and used the same mix to snip pieces with lots of silk for the reflection. I tried to do it quite fast and not get to fiddly with it. I was very pleased with the result after it was wet felted. The colours turned out great. Not to figure out how to mount it!

Felted Impression Sunset-Monet Artist Study by Lois McDonald-Layden
Felted Impression Sunset-Monet Artist Study by Lois McDonald-Layden

Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!

Lois