>Textured Trees


Back to my beaded White House painting. I am working on the beaded trees or foliage which will cover the the East ‘Wing’ of the building. I am using a mix of many different green & brown beads. So far, I am using size 15, size 11, size 8, bugle beads, leaves, and triangles. Some are ‘old’ seed beads that I got from Fire Mountain Gems years ago, but many are new beads I got from Artbeads.com, as well as from my local bead shop. It would be too time-consuming to list all of the colours! You can see them below:

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Before I really started working on this part, I needed some inspiration, so I flipped through Robin Atkins‘ book, Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery. I love how she creates texture in her work by incorporating many different techniques. I thought it would be fun to try this with my trees. I would like the different colours & textures to represent all the different species of trees on the White House grounds.

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I don’t usually work improvisationally like this – it is really a challenge for me! Mostly because I don’t know if I like what I am doing! The last time I worked like this was on the headlight beams for my beaded DeLorean Time Machine. I remember that I was very unsure about the whole thing, but when it was finished, I found it to be impressive. It turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the piece! 😮

beaded White House east wing trees Barack Obama pop art beadwork bead embroidery blogSemi-beaded trees for beaded White House relief painting. 10″ x 6″.
Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

So, I guess I’ll just have to keep beading to see how these trees grow. One bead at a time! 😀

17 thoughts on “>Textured Trees

  1. >Your textural, improv trees look great so far!!! I shall stay tuned to see more.I LOVE your idea of beading the whitehouse!!! Maybe the Obamas will buy your piece and mount it there along with other artwork of note!Robin A.

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