Galveston Gull by Alexander

After Alexander finished a portrait of his Grandma's dog Sassy at Christmas, he decided he wanted to turn his attention to figuring out how to hook landscapes.  While our family was here visiting at Christmas, we went to Galveston Island and snapped a great photo of a gull wading in the sea.  Alex came home and I got the photo transferred onto linen for him and he started to hook it with a bunch of wool palette swatches and scraps from my scrap boxes.  It is a good thing that Sauder comes around once a year because it is real motivation to get these rugs finished.  Here is Alex's rug mounted on a gallery wrapped canvas frame, all ready to be shipped to the exhibit.

Alex says about his rug: "I love doing landscapes.  I learned that I needed to put very different values on the bird and the surrounding water in order to see the bird."

 Galveston Gull 2016. #6 cut on linen.  11" x 15".  Hooked by Alexander DeGreiner.  Designed and dyed by April D. DeConick.

Galveston Gull 2016. #6 cut on linen.  11" x 15".  Hooked by Alexander DeGreiner.  Designed and dyed by April D. DeConick.

Alexander's gift to his grandma

 Sassy 2015.  Designed and hooked by Alexander DeGreiner.

Sassy 2015.  Designed and hooked by Alexander DeGreiner.

Alexander finished his newest hooked piece which he gave to his grandma for Christmas this year.  It is a portrait of the dog, Sassy, she takes care of during the week.  He created the portrait from a photo we took of Sassy this summer when we visited grandma and grandpa.  Alex used all wool scraps, #6 cut, and had some frustration due to the fact that his rug hook was misplaced so he had to use mine, which he claims is not as good.  The red background is from a piece of red wool that Gene Shepherd kindly gave to him in San Antonio at the ATHA Biennial and asked him to use in the next piece he hooked.

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