Saturday, August 22, 2015


Two sections of "Bridging the Gap" in progress,  Lori LaBerge  2015

I'm finally back in the studio.  Work continued on "Bridging the Gap".  Art boards had to be created in studio as they are not standard size.  Whipping was finished, work was labelled and stitched to a wool backing then attached to the art boards.

Metal bars were painted along with the screws that will be used to attached the bars between the two sections of artwork.  The work should be completed early next week.

Last Friday was spent at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week.  Our plein air group had a special exhibit of our work.  This was our first exhibit since the formation of the group last year.  There was quite a bit of interest in the methods we use and I gave a short talk on the exhibit to the class I taught.

Above are some students working and discussing during the class, "A Creative Approach to Creating a Series".  I really enjoyed teaching this group.  Everyone had great questions, worked hard and I was really proud of the ideas for series people came up with.  

Subjects discussed were nature sites while hiking, bees and their nests, music, medical experiences, factories, rabbits and trees, and stripes.  I saw great possibilities for building a series of work from all of these choices.  

The discussion was my favorite part.  It seems like we don't always get the chance to do this and it is great for expanding creativity, motivation and camaraderie among artists.  I look forward to seeing future work from all in this group.

We discussed taking photos of subjects that interest us and keeping a journal of color, texture, subject and other artistic interests that can be referred to for ideas.

Composition used by the masters of painting was discussed with attention to line and shape as the basics of good composition.

Get together with artist friends ( in person or over the internet), discuss or study various aspects of art and have a great day.

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