I first began to experiment with needle felting as a medium in the spring of 2020 and decided the best way for me to gain an understanding was to practice familiar works of previous artists, such as Monet and Van Gogh. I chose several of my favorite paintings, each focusing on difference aspects of felt: line, texture, value, and dimension.
Master Copies with Felt
by Vincent Van Gogh
Practice makes perfect!
The image on the left was a 7"x8.5" swatch finished in Spring in 2020 and took approximately ten hours. I was commissioned the Summer of 2020 to recreate the work as a 8"x10" piece and required at least eighteen hours. The amount of detail distinguishable between the two reveals the value in practicing the skill and understanding the correlation between quality and time.