What I love about creating needle felted paintings is that they are tactile, you can touch them. I love the way the fibre unravels making the movement of the sea and the sky.
It is lovely to watch the fibres unfurl to bring waves to life. I also use tapestry wool which can be purchased in most charity shops at the moment for a bargain price. I like to let the grass remain upright to allow the observer touch it and fluff it up.
the grass is loose at the edge giving a distance to the foreground. I really love the variety of greens available.
I have built up the layers by using wadding on a background of cotton batting, it makes a delightful surface to ‘paint’ the needle felt onto.
You can see how the light and shadows are created using darker shades under the landscape by the horizon and the lighter shades where the sun would hit the sea.
The pebbles in my other seascape, are raised to create the illusion of coming towards the observer.
The piece was mounted simply onto a canvass – so that it can be touched and the grasses gently stroked and re-arranged.