Saturday, September 10, 2016

A FULL WEEK: HOOKING, DESIGNING AND DYEING

"Curve Ahead"  in progress on studio wall,  49" X 14"  Lori LaBerge  2016

The final hooked section on "Curve Ahead" was completed this week. I lined them up on the wall to see how they will look together. The pieces will be lined up straight across on the bottom for final display, not the top' and there will be metal rods across the top section. The rods are being drilled, cleaned, sanded and painted.

The smallest section has been flipped so the arrow points back into the work.  This forces the eye back into the artwork instead of sending the viewer's eye completely off to the right.

Close-up of blue section. Five different shades of blue were used including a variegated yarn.

As yet untitled work being drawn out,  40" X 22 ",  Lori LaBerge  2016

Work on a large abstract figural piece has started. This design continues with the theme of roads. Curves of overpasses run throughout the work. A contrast of curves against the horizontal and verticals of the background was used. I am searching out hubcaps to use for the head section.

The start of color planning for figural work. The drawn out design can be seen tacked to the back wall.

Design for second of cone series.

I always love the magic of the dye process. Here I am dyeing yellows and golds for the curves in the figural work. Notice how dull and beige looking the wool in the front jar looks and then...
Wow! Vinegar is added and a beautiful gold appears as the yellow dye is absorbed.

Art exercise--

Discover the use of line in paintings and see where it leads your eye.  Are lines vertical, horizontal, diagonal or a combination of any of these? Are they wavy or jagged? Do they lead your eye from one area to another? Do they bring your eye around the perimeter or to the center? Are there multiple uses of line to guide the eye or just one?

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