My husband grew up on a northern Montana wheat farm and even though he left after college, we returned often while his parents were both with us. If you just see photographs of northern prairies, you might think they're pretty plain looking - grain fields, dirt, sage brush, and mountains in the distance. They're actually quite packed with plant life, it's just most of it is fairly small and delicate. I think that's one of the things that works bests in Monika's thread sketched prairie art. It has a real feel of prairies, with the single thread she uses.
|Autumn Prairie Fire|
Much of her work is small - post card sized, which makes it all the more amazing that she is able to get so much detail in. Notice that she doesn't just use a straight stitch for sketching. I'm going to have to try adding a small zigzag to my practice pieces!
|Homestead on Highway 7|
Monika's website has a gallery of her work, a link to her Flickr photostream with more work, and also a blog, where she sometimes shows her work in progress - a great way to pick up new techniques. Be sure to take a look at it!
Happy Creating! Deborah