Nellie"s Needles

Friday, December 18, 2009

I Saw IT!!!!!

Finally, December 15th arrived! The day of the grand opening of the New Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois. The day that I finally got to see "Prairie Performance" installed on the wall.
A number of friends and family members came to view it with me.
The day was unusually clear and bright. The sun is almost at its lowest point in the sky this time of year. Those elements combined to make strong shadows fall across the piece. I'm glad there are at least six applications of Krylon acrylic spray with UV ray protection in the mix.
The photo below was taken on a day with a cloud cover that is more typical for winter. My friend, Barbara Lardon, took it before the hospital opened when she delivered her art quilts that are now hanging in the birthing rooms.
Near the end of it's construction there was a constant nagging thought that I should arrive for my first viewing with a pocket full of pastels and request that a ladder be brought out so I could "fix it". Well, I didn't take any art supplies. In fact, it was a relief to realize in retrospect that the thought never even occurred to me.

I am pleased!!!!

48 comments:

sophie said...

It looks fabulous in the space. Brava!!

June Calender said...

Congratulations -- it's gorgeous. Enjoy a well deserved glow of happiness.

Patty said...

Beautiful!

SuSaw said...

Absolutely wonderful! It is so very pretty and will brighten that place for years to come.

You done good Nellie!

Michele's Quilting Journey said...

Absolutely, unbelievably, impossibly, incredibly, outstandingly, gorgeous times ten. You should be beyond happy, beyond proud. You must be floating above that blue sky and viewing the flowers from below! Oh,yeah...you're still keeping your eye on Elvis! I can't even say how impressive it is. I think you have to say you are a professional working artiste now :)

Kay said...

I can't even imagine the wonderful feeling it must be to see this completed, in place, and such a beautiful piece of art! Congratulations a hundred times.

By coincidence, a new hospital opened here, almost the same day. Everyone says it's beautiful, etc., etc. I thought about your piece--there's nothing like that here.

Beena said...

So impressive, and so beautiful, nellie!

arlee said...

Jaw dropped awe here, Nellie--that is phenomenal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

paula said...

its so nice to see YOU with IT...its wonderful. i like it with the cloudy day...it looks perfect!

Allison Ann Aller said...

I've been eagerly waiting for this post, Nellie. And now it's grand to see that huge smile on your face, sitting in front of your work.
So many people will come to love it, too. Congratulations on a job well done!

Beverly said...

It is wonderfully, fantastically gorgeous, Nellie- I don't have superlatives fit for it. If you aren't floating above the clouds, you should be! What a piece of art, what an accomplishment!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I can't think of a single adjective that hasn't already been used, so all I can say is well done!! You have a right to be proud.

Vicki W said...

You should be, it's beautiful!

Dale Anne said...

Nellie, it looks FABULOUS! Wish I could see it in person.
I'm sure alot of people will ENJOY seeing it everyday - CONGRATULATIONS!

sheba said...

amazing and wonderful
congrats on the great achievement

Debra said...

Such a fabulous installation! Congratulations again!

Merry said...

So beautiful....and so lovely to be able to share your art with your family, friends and the rest of the world. Congrats.

Karen said...

So wonderful!!!!!

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Nellie, your "Prairie Performance" is beyond beautiful. I'm sure all the visitors to the hospital in years to come will agree. Your talent is remarkable.

Teodo said...

Congratulations Nelly,
Your "Praire Performance" is amazing.
ciao ciao

Diane said...

Congratulations! Just Magnificent!!

Libby Fife said...

Congratulations! You should be pleased.

Dotty Jane said...

It's stunning! Amazing how you made it all come together.

Irishgirlsews said...

Nellie,
WOW WOW WOW....you should be pleased, that is an incredible amount of hard work, energy, talent, imagination, creative skill and patience! It is truly wonderful.....BEAUTIFUL
Wendy

Elaine Adair said...

My word, Nellie - it's incredible! I would LOVE to stand next to it and see it in person. A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!

Patty Ashworth said...

Oh! Nellie!!! It's wonderful! I'm amazed at it up on the wall!!!

verobirdie said...

Nellie, this is really beautiful. You must be so pleased and so proud.

Judith said...

Wow Nellie, it's beautiful.

Heather said...

It is wonderful to be able to see your 'Magnum Opus' hung so well and in situ. You must be thrilled with the way it looks and very proud of yourself. I love the way the changing natural light seems to alter the colours slightly and suggest different weather across the prairie. Congratulations to whoever had the job of hanging this work - they have done you proud and it is a magnificent achievement.

Corryna Janssen said...

Wow! This looks so great. I especially like the last photo. You look so happy and professional :-).

Corryna

Ali Honey said...

Be proud! Be very proud! It is superb!

Julie said...

Pleased! should be an understatement! It is fabulous and will be so cheerful for everyone who sees it. Congratulations on a great achievement :-)

Elizabeth said...

You should be very proud as well!! It is incredibly beautiful!!! Just think of all the spirits you will lift and the smiles that will erupt when this glorious piece is viewed!! What an amazing difference you will make in so many lives!!!!
Congratulations!!
Elizabeth

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

And pleased you should be. It is magnificent!

Kayla coo said...

Wow! fantastic work.
It must have taken such along time to finish!

wintergreen.3 said...

It's breathtaking. What an achievement!

jude said...

breath taking...congratulations!

Christine Thresh said...

I've been checking in waiting to see your magnificent work hanging. It is truly beautiful.
It will cheer up all the hospital visitors.
You should be proud of your contribution to healing.

Linda said...

Nellie I have been following your progression with the Prairie Flowers and enjoyed every minute of it. To see the finished piece installed is a true pleasure, beautiful job!!
Linda T

Violette Severin said...

the quilt is awesomwe!

Violette Severin said...

the quilt is awesomwe!

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

It looks absolutely great! What an achievement. What now? Happy Christmas!

maggi said...

So beautiful, you have every right to be pleased. What an achievement.

Trish said...

I realize we got to see it *IN PROGRESS*, but there is nothing like seeing it installed...WOW! And the name is perfect for the piece...a performance indeed! It is awe-inspiring! Just wonderful.

PAMO said...

Congratulations Nellie!! It's stunning!
Pam

Karoda said...

Nellie, it is gorgeous and inspiring for the hospital...i know there will be many passing through who will find joy and encouragement in it. Congrats to you!

Brenda said...

Nellie - this is stupendous! Your creativity, not to mention your stamina, comes shining through. Congratulations.

Leona Hardenj said...

Dear Nellie,

You have every right to be pleased!

YOU'VE GONE "BIG TIME" --

So happy for you!