Saturday, January 21, 2017

ABSTRACT: RUG HOOKING, PAINTING AND DESIGN


"Cone 2", hooked section completed 18" X 18",  Lori LaBerge  2016

This was a week filled with abstract work. The background was hooked into "Cone 2". The contrast of the dark grays against the yellow and greens and the light gray against the rust and browns works well.

Dark gray will be whipped along the dark edges and dark brown against the light edges. Metal bars are cleaned and ready to be painted this week. They will be attached to the work after the whipping is complete.

"Night Light",  acrylic on watercolor paper 15" x 10" , Lori LaBerge  2016

I am continuing to pursue various media in my spare time or maybe I'm just working all the time and don't realize it.

The work above developed from an abandoned house nearby. I saw it during the day, but switched up the painting to imagine what it would look like at night. The leaning columns were what drew me to it. They provide great negative space behind them.

Design for textile works was also on the table this week:

 "On a Roll", design  24" x 12",  Lori LaBerge  2016

I am thinking of hooking realistic spheres on this one rather than flat circle shapes, as if they were wooden balls sitting on shelves.

"Unstill Life", design 24" X 12",  Lori LaBerge  2016

This work shows how you can use the same basic composition to create totally different works.

It follows some of the basic lines "On a Roll" does. If you look at both works you can see the top line of the bowl on the left follows the shelf with the largest ball. The bowl on the right has its height at the shelf of both the smallest ball and the ball on the far right. The arrow arcs up through the largest ball over to the upper right ball's shelf. 

Art exercise--
Choose a basic composition and see how many various designs can be created from it. This is challenging. You may want to start with a simple "L" shape.

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