Saturday, August 10, 2013


"Coastal Route" in progress,  20" X 20"  Lori LaBerge  2013

Gray wool is flying through the cutter as "Coastal Route" progresses.  I am hoping to complete the hooking and start on whipping the edges this coming week.  The decision has been made to definitely change the upper left white line now that more of the piece is hooked.  It is a bit too choppy over the second from left dark square and needs to be smoothed out.

I had a visit from friend and weaver Mary Kircher this week.  Mary had been working as an assistant in a tapestry class at Penland for two weeks and took some time on her way home to stop by and say hello.  She showed me four of the smaller pieces she had worked on.  Her color combinations were beautiful. Mary's work can be seen here.  After her visit, I followed the urge to work on something new.

I thought of last week's journal activity and decided to hook one of the drawings done using three lines.  Here is the result: 

    "Architecture 1"  10" X 10", Lori LaBerge  2013

The plan for this piece was to focus on shape and color.  With that in mind, I filled the buildings in randomly rather than in a vertical direction.  The upper section was hooked horizontally for contrast.  It is a minimalist, geometric approach with no windows or doors that would normally appear on a building.  For those of you who like geometric forms you can go to Geoform, which shows the work of artists who focus on this aspect of art.  

This weekend, I plan to go back to school in my own living room.  I have to admit, I miss the art history lectures from my college years.  Recently I purchased two courses from The Great Courses.  If you do want to purchase, I would suggest waiting for their sales which are quite frequent and a great bargain.

You simply play the DVD and it is like you are right back in the old lecture hall. There are plenty of pictures to go along with the video lecture and the professors are well respected in their fields.  Also included is a course guidebook.  The courses I purchased were  "How to Look at and Understand Great Art" and "The World's Greatest Paintings".  

Grab your favorite drink, curl up in your favorite chair, do a search on art history and have a great day.  If you want to test your knowledge there are a variety of art quizzes at FunTrivia.)

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