It was really hard to settle on a picture to represent steps. Way too many ideas. In fact two are still on the drawing board and I hope to finish them.
This is based on a picture of a salmon ladder that I took on a trip to Alaska a few years ago. Salmon always swim upstream to spawn. Hatcheries have developed along the coast to aid this process. The eggs from the wild salmon are hatched and the fingerlings are returned back to the ocean at an age where they have more of a chance of survival. Hence the ladder effect with the water flowing from the top to the bottom and the salmon leaping over the barriers to get to the top.
I used a base of indigo fabric from our summer workshop, then drew the "steps" onto freezer paper, ironed it onto fabric, ironed on fusible web, cut it out, and then ironed it onto the blue. Lots of stitching, painting and a little applique finished it off.
A step that I did made me feel a little like David Hockney. I took a picture of the in-process piece with my ipad, popped it into a drawing app, and then played around with the beach and the foliage as I just wasn't getting the composition right. But it was fun to do, and gave me a sense of where I wanted to go with the design.
and this is the original photo.