“Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Over the garden nights…” –Carl Sandburg
Our Guild logo is the sailboat to coincide with our name, Lake Norman Guild. One of the themes for a guild challenge this year was “Sailing under the Harvest Moon” (which also happened to be the name of our Quilt Show this past weekend).
Instead of using the whole theme though, I decided to concentrate just on the harvest moon.
In my research I learned that the harvest moon is the fullest moon occurring closest to the autumnal equinox.
An equinox, which happens 2 times each year, occurs when the centre of the Sun spends about the same time above and below the horizon at every location on the Earth.
Therefore the night and day are equally as long with no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise.
The moon shines brighter, takes on a beautiful golden hue and looks larger than it appears because it sits so low in the sky.
It is so very bright at night that farmers work thru the night harvesting their crops working by the light of the moon, hence the name “Harvest Moon”.
To depict this larger than life phenomenon, I painted 2 different Stewart Gill metallic paints along the edge of the hand dyed gold fabric, creating the illuminating moon.
Using a silver grey Caron D’ache crayon, I extended the haze of the light around the moon and onto the field of wheat to show some reflection.
The thing that stumped me for a bit though was the fabric we had to use in our finished piece.
Originally I cut leaves out of the fabric to float on water (sailing theme) but they really looked out of place. In the end I liked the way I used it to portray a suggestion of a fence line across the field.
The quilt measures 20.5″ x 17″, a small piece again but the smaller size enables me to try out new techniques without committing to larger pieces.
I have been told lately that my work is taking on a particular “style” (big smile here) and that’s definitely something I’m striving for, to create a body of work that represents the essence of MY creativity. I’ve got much more work to do to reach my goal and, in fact, I am a part of the year long SAQA Visioning Project to help me move forward.
See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,