Today I concentrated on the gray/green spruce tree in the foreground. It is the one that I am most satisfied with in terms of thread sketching. However, the thread matches the background too closely and the details don't stand out enough. So, I am going to restitch with a darker green. I would prefer a variegated green thread in spruce colors... my nearest quilt store is one hour away. Make do with what I have is my motto today.
I've used an uneven, small zig zag stitch to add to the illusion of pine boughs. The darker green thread, in my opinion, really enhances the tree. I may even stitch in some pine cones. I now absolutely do not like the tree to the left. I learned so much from experimenting.
Another valuable tid bit I figured out, and every experienced landscape quilter knows... You build your picture from the top down! You add the details from the top down! I have to remind myself that I was just an elementary school teacher, mostly first grade. Yes, I did take some art classes in college, but they were more on the line of crafts for the elementary teacher. Landscape art quilts is a whole new ball game. I'm finding that I research "point of view", shadowing, hues, ... everything on line. It is just all so fascinating.
I'll report back when I finish this quilt.
Hugs to all,