Forest Fires by Virginia O'Donnell of Portland, Oregon
Just by chance I found the background fabric as a batik panel and went from there using lots of yellows, oranges thru brown as fused pieces to portray the flames and burning trees. The embellishment of flames on the logs was done by heat warping a sheer organza and free motion quilting on a home machine.
My original intent was to show the energy of a big fire, like the many we have in the mountain ranges of the Northwest, as a single element. While working through the piece I realized that fire does not take place in isolation from the other elements. It needs air to re-energize itself, takes place where water is extremely scarce, needs water to be contained and makes major changes to the earth in the path that it travels. So, in reality, my piece depicts all of the elements.