bleeding hearts plant thread painting
Sewn Photos

#StoryBehindtheArt – “Hearts”

I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this photo I took of a bleeding heart plant while on my one visit to the Hamptons in 2005(?). It was the photo I turned to when I decided to try thread painting for the first time (in 2008?) so it really is the piece that started me on my #sewnphotos journey. I loved how that one turned out so much that I recreated the piece in 2020 in this framed work.

What I love most about this photo is the way the flowers dance across the image and the way that the curve of the branch mimics the curve on the hearts. Nature didn’t need much embellishment in this image so I chose to use thread just to emphasize the shape of the flowers themselves, stitching mainly on the outside edges and then to enhance the deeper color at the base of the petals.

I have always thought this piece would make a lovely wedding gift because of the delicate heart shapes of the flowers. So, if you are one of the millions of people attending a wedding this year, consider this one-of-a-kind gift. It is available in the shop (and the big signature in the photo is just a watermark on the photo and is not on the original).

bleeding hearts plant thread painting
“Bleeding Hearts,” 2020.

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