Saturday, March 4, 2017

TWO WORKS SAME DESIGN: CREATING A DIFFERENT FEELING WITH COLOR


"Side Streets 2",  20" x 20"   Lori LaBerge  2017

To those who regularly read this blog the piece above may look familiar. A piece using the same basic design, "Side Streets", was done last year. Here is the first piece:

"Side Streets",  20" x 20"   Lori LaBerge  2016

I rarely use the exact same design more than once. Yet, I kept wanting to revisit this work using industrial felt. This led to a more subtle version. The first version, directly above, used a brighter orange, a pure slightly outrageous yellow and a bright white stripe. It has been sold and placed in a modern environment surrounded by other colorful artwork. There is a sunny, happy, almost childish feel to it with the yellow drawing the eye.

Close-up of "Side Streets 2"

The latest version at the top of the post has a more sophisticated feel to it. The gray felt blends with the background grays, leaving an orange one shade deeper more room to stand out. Stitching on the washers follows the direction of the felt, the longer piece horizontal and the shorter piece vertical. Copper paint was used on the washers to further emphasize the orange. The felt is randomly stitched in black so it won't stand out but be noticed when viewed from a closer position.

Art exercise--
Revisit previous works and draw them out in various colors. How does the feel of the work change? Do you have preferences? Has your use of color changed over the years?

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