River & Fields (WhiteRosesArt.com)
River & Fields by Heather Miller

Title: River & Fields
Year: 2013
Size: 5″ x 7″ (excluding frame dimensions)

River & Fields was created used polymer clay, beads, and acrylic paint on a canvas board.

The Story:

River & Fields was born out of my personal Pinterest account.  I have a board devoted to polymer clay.  I see a lot of polymer clay pieces in my feed.  I started seeing more and more pieces that went ‘edge to edge.’  All of my former pieces feature some polymer clay but there’s always a considerable amount of background visible.  I really liked the way a lot of the “full” pieces looked so I thought I’d try my hand at it.

I decided to stay relatively small for my first piece. The canvas board I chose was 5″ x 7″.  Knowing that I would frame the piece, I marked off the frame dimensions on a piece of aluminum.  I don’t build my polymer pieces directly on canvas board as baking directly on the boards causes issues.  After I marked my edges, I began sculpting.

If I remember correctly, I started with the river.  I always enjoy working with blues.  I can say that doing a full ‘edge to edge’ piece was a lot more difficult than I  imagined.  Trying to come up with a design but also knowing I had to worry about frame edges was maddening at times.  Deciding what to do for the grassy areas was not as easy as you might think.  I actually thought about making spikes of grass but quickly killed that idea.  Not only did it look weird pretty quickly and it would have taken eons.  I decided on long, wind-blown grass instead.

As you can see in the image, I worked in beads and glass pieces throughout the piece to give it more visual interest.  I’m honestly not sure I’m capable of creating a polymer clay piece that doesn’t incorporate other things LOL.

The title, River & Fields, just kind of seemed natural.  Not all my titles are odd or creative.