This is one of my pictures that I used as reference- of course, I changed things around substantially.
Since I hate drawing straight lines, the horizon line is folded in. A couple of reference photos are printed out and pinned to the right.
Here's the sketch, freehanded of course. Yes, this is all the drawing I usually do.
I have the newsprint sketch between 2 of the glass pieces, and will lay silk over the top to paint it. The light shining upward will let me see the guidelines of the sketch with out having to actually make marks on the silk.
I seamed the sky and the sea/land portion along the horizon line, and pre quilted the entire thing.
Finally, I come back with green for the needles- the better part of a cone of thread went into this.
Torrey Pines, 45x50"
This piece is dedicated to my late, dear friend Trish. I know she's in a place even more beautiful.
Rest in peace.