What makes St. Augustine, Florida so special? Besides being the oldest continuously occupied (European-established) city in the United States -1565 (look it up! It is not Jamestown or Plymouth), it is a place of natural beauty and history. I love St. Augustine. My father went there as a young boy, and then returned with his wife and small family. As the family grew, we visited so often that 25 years ago my folks bought a summer home on Anastasia Island. Now retired, they have adopted Florida as their home state – and St. Augustine as their hometown. From the Castillo de St. Marcos to the Cathedral and St. George Street – all the sites of the city are like a homecoming for me. Terry and I honeymooned there 🙂 and have returned time and again with the kids.
A few weeks ago I found out about a call for artists from the St. Augustine Art Association – A Nature and Wildlife Art Exhibition. I was so excited! We visited last summer and I knew just the pictures I would use. We went to the lighthouse, which is located on Anastasia Island. If you ever visit St. Augustine, this is a must on your itinerary – although if you are afraid of heights (as I am) you may want to skip the trip up to the top. In fact, the Ghost Hunters (SYFY channel) documented ghostly activity there that will leave you all goose-bumpy 🙂
I chose a shot that I had taken looking up through the tree branches and Spanish moss at the lighthouse. This speaks to everything I love about St. Augustine – the nature and the history.
You’d think aligning the lines of the iron work around the top of the lighthouse would be the most difficult part of this piece but it was the Spanish moss. I used a technique I recently learned from an art quilters group I joined to add the embroidery floss and felting to make up the moss. It was time-consuming, but lots of fun 🙂 Click on the close up of the lighthouse top and you will see the detail there – it is pretty cool (if I do say so myself! 😉 )
The second piece I made can viewed at the top, with a detail down below. It’s an egret (an egret can also be seen in the branches of the lighthouse tree). I love how they are so white they are almost translucent. I tried to show this by layering my fabric – first a light blue, than a plain white, then one with a pattern. And finally the stitching to bring out the feathers.