My cross stitches over years

When I was in graduate school I needed something to do on weekends and free time. Cross stitch is a good choice. I used to make some smaller random cross stitches. But then I like large oil painting pictures, especially the famous one.

Years ago, my BFF was getting married. I did a Van Gogh’s “Harvest” cross stitch for her. I couldn’t remember the exact size. It was probably about 34 to 35 inches long and 29 to 30 inches wide (stitched area). I don’t even know how I finished it because I felt it would take forever. 😀

Cross stitch Van Gogh “Harvest” before washing.
Cross stitch Van Gogh “Harvest” washed, in drying.

I could only recall that I went to Hobby Lobby multiple times to get more floss. More and more floss. Haha~

After this piece I was busy with my first child. Years later I started another one. Da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine”. This one is a little smaller than “Harvest” but still large for me. It is about 26 inches by 30 inches (stitched area).

Cross stitch Da Vinci “Lady with an Ermine”, washed and dry.

I made a simple stretch wood frame and stapled the fabric on it.

It is not standard size so I order a customized one.

Cross stitch Da Vinci “Lady with an Ermine” framed.

And now my current project on my hand is Van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night”. I just finished the sky area but it is going slow. Slooooooooooow~~~ XD

I found out that Van Gogh’s painting is really suitable for cross stitch. All the color blocks and bold brush stroke will make the final product very appealing. For those paintings which have smooth blending/no brush stroke at all, cross stitch is not the best choice. The only downside for doing Van Gogh’s painting is changing floss. I have to constantly change floss at all time. Some of colors are very similar. In a inch by inch block, I could probably change dozen different floss. So, it requires more patient and some relaxing music. ︿( ̄︶ ̄)︿

I hope I can finish the “Cafe Terrace at Night” in the NEAR future. LOL

Have a great weekend~

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.

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