Saturday, October 15, 2016


 Hooked geometric developed from plein air value study  5 1/2" X 5 1/2",  Lori LaBerge 2016

This week I hooked the value studies that were sketched for last week's plein air post. My love of geometrics pushed me to use these studies in an actual work. White, ivory and a light blue were used in the white section and five different blacks along with a purple in the black section. 

Geometric from plein air study 5 1/2" X 5 1/2",   Lori LaBerge  2016

I asked myself what would happen if the hooked work was placed on an 11" X 14" piece of industrial felt? What if it was centered on the felt or thread was added?  

 Design mock-up for series of black and white geometrics,  Lori LaBerge  2016

Photoshop was used to give an idea of how the work would look with the felt and threads in place. The threads will continue the lines of their respective colors with white threads following the lines of the white hooking and black threads following the black hooking. Threads will also hang, leaving a looser more flowing look than shown above.

  Design mock-up for series of black and white geometrics,  Lori LaBerge  2016

Other works in this series will include placing white threads against black and black threads against white, placing the hooked piece off center and possibly stitching the threads in curved road patterns around the hooked section. I'm looking forward to seeing how far I can go with this concept.

After all this black and white, here's a splash of the beautiful Vermont color we saw on our ride to Stowe today:

Reminiscent of an abstract painting.
Art Exercise-

Experiment with developing work from a simple concept. A jagged line, a rectangle, a triangle, an organic shape, etc. Do you wish to keep it simple or develop it into more complex forms? How far can you go? Does it end up being more realistic than abstract? Do you end up with something totally different than what you started with?

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