Nellie"s Needles

Friday, October 16, 2009

Prairie Flowers FINISHED!

The prairie flower installation piece is FINISHED! Woo Hoo!!!!
The twenty-five panels are packed up and ready to be delivered.
That's 250 pounds of artwork!!! Each panel is mounted on a piece of MDF board that weighs 10 pounds.
The above photo is the back of one panel. As you can see, finally there's an official title ... "Prairie Performance". A big thank you goes to my husband for coming up with it. This title suits the piece ... all those flowers do not blossom at the same time in nature, but they're all "performing" their glory at once in my art. This was a big performance by me as well ... most every day for six months this is what I was doing ...
to get this.
This is the most could be laid out at one time on the living room floor to see how the flowers looked across the separate panels. I've been frustrated with not actually being able to see all it together at one time. Plus, the perspective of looking at it on the floor from a standing position is akin to my laying on the floor to look at art hanging on the wall ... not a normal perspective at all.
I can hardly wait to see it installed on the wall in the lobby of the new Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois at the grand opening on December, 15th.

27 comments:

Heather said...

Oh Nellie - what a marvellous achievement! It must have been quite an achievement getting it all packed and labelled for assembly and hanging. You will be feeling quite bereft now it is finished, and I hope you have something nice planned to cope with any withdrawal symptoms! It will seem a long time to you, to have to wait until December to see it in situ - that will be a very exciting day. I can't think of anything more lovely and calming for patients to look at while they wait for treatment, etc., at the hospital. So many people will get so much pleasure and benefit from your work.

SandyQuilts said...

WOW you have done an outstanding job. The whole piece looks so life like. Congrats. and Thank you for sharing the whole process.

Merry said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful piece of art. It has been fun watching it grow with you and so wish I could see it in real life as it is so stunning.

Kay said...

I agree with Heather. This is going to be stunning when it's hanging. Congratulations!

I bet you can't wait to head south!

Marie-Thérèse said...

Impossible for me to come to see this, since I'm in Germany, Europe :o( Congratulations for making this wonderful piece.

Kathy Kinsella said...

What an incredibly wonderful piece you have created . . . this is my first visit to your blog and I can see that it will take me many return visits to digest all the beauty!
Thanks so much for sharing your work in this way.

Irishgirlsews said...

Oh my Nellie, your work in complete, all those hours upon hours of creative spirit, you should be beaming, it really is Delightful!
Wendy

arlee said...

A tour de force, visually and for your perseverance and work ethic--FABulous result! Wish i could see the real deal too!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

You deserve to have a big celebration now that it's completed! It is a stunning piece of art and you should be extremely proud of it, and I know you are. Congratulations on a job well done!!

Nellie's Needles said...

My thanks to all of you for your comments.
We just got home from celebrating the delivery of "Prairie Performance" with dinner in town at a pleasant restaurant which included a very nice glass of wine.

I got my studio packed up this afternoon. Tomorrow the rest of the cottage gets cleared out in preparation for our hitting the road to head south on Sunday morning. Then it's unpacking and settling into our Tennessee home until next summer. I do believe I'll be sleeping in the car during most of that day and half trip.

Brenda said...

Congratulations on a very fine performance!

Fiesta said...

they came out beautiful

Teodolinda said...

Congratulations Nellie.
You have done a very great work, each block is a nice painting and all together are an amazing painting.
MERAVIGLIOSO. ciao ciao

Ali Honey said...

What a wonderful achievemnet - Congratulations on finishing. I think it will look amazing installed.So much harde workspeaks for itself.

Take a wee rest now.

Kimberly-Ann said...

Its going to look beautiful in the hospital - what a brilliant and stunning piece - I'm in awe!

Karen said...

Fantastic! I can't wait to see it hanging at the hospital!

Maggie R said...

Well done Nellie..
It is a beautiful piece of work and will be enjoyed by so many.You deserve a nice break now, but if you are like me, ...no resting...on to the next ..
Have a safe trip and I hope your move goes well.
xoxo
((((hugs))))
Maggie

Dotty Jane said...

What a huge accomplishment! Congratulations on completing this enormous project. Truly beautiful:)

Deborah said...

Breathtaking!!

Judy Hartman said...

This is absolutely fantabulous!!! What an accomplishment, PLUS it is beautiful!!
Congratulations!!

PAMO said...

Woo Hoo INDEED!!!! AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!!!! Can't wait to see the photo of your Prairie Flowers installed! Many, many congratulations for a job exceedingly well done!
Pam

Sue said...

Your prairie flowers are absolutely gorgeous. After reading your blog this morning, I sent the link to our 30-yr-old daughter in Brooklyn who grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas: "You need to go look at this today—-it’s your “The Great Nothing-ness” in full bloom, I think."

Jill said: "that is beautiful!! can you imagine? i want one."

Allison Ann Aller said...

Heartfelt congratulations, Nellie!!!
It is truly spectacular...

Trish said...

I have so enjoyed watching this piece 'grow' and bloom! I would love to see it in person...I know it is fabulous! Congratulations!

Karoda said...

a big ole' congratulations on such a fantastic achievement! and thank you for sharing your journey with us!

Plays with Needles said...

What an absolutely monomental marvel!!! It's gorgeous and ELVIS just makes it all that more stunning! Congratulations...can't wait to see the picture in situ!

FredaB said...

Nellie

What a wonderful piece of work. I can't imagine how you ever did it. We live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and Elgin is about 1/2 hour from us. We are in Florida until May but next summer will drive out to Sherman Hospital and see this magnificent piece. I didn't realize they were opening a new hospital but it is growing so much in that area it is needed.

Hugs

FredaB

Hugs

FredaB