Friday, February 17, 2012


I finished this work today.  It is based on a satellite image of the Niger River as it passes through Timbuctoo.

Timbuctoo has been in drought for a long time now.  Whereas in the 1970s most of the area surrounding the Niger River was vegetated, today there is only desert.  The winds that sweep through the area form these interesting diagonal ridges across the landscape.

I wanted to capture the flow of the river without resorting to straight needle painting, which I feel would have "deadened" the image somewhat.

Seed beads add a bit of texture and intensifies the "yellowness" of certain areas of the work without having to resort to using blocks of colour, which would have been too heavy.

I'm not sure what these discrete areas of blue within the dessert are, smaller water holes perhaps?

The areas in red are some sort of obstructions around which the river flows - mud flats or rock formations perhaps?  (The source image provided only sketchy written information).

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Raphaela said...

Interesting stitching. Like your piece.

Marta Brysha said...

Thanks Raphaela. I was a bit disappointed with the photos because they look a little dull. In reality, the piece is full of subtle shades of colour and fine stitching and the overall result is much more vibrant and active than it appears in the photos.

Seth said...

This is sensational. Unique, original, and quite beautiful.

Marta Brysha said...

Thank you Seth. I've been reading your articles Your Blog, Your Way. Very helpful, I must say.