Saturday, October 13, 2018


"Blueprint Aqua, Blueprint Gold, Blueprint Red Triptych"  6" X 12" each (12" x 18" matted and framed)  Lori LaBerge  2018

What is it that attracts me to floor plans? I love the lines, the directions they take us in and the idea of exploring new spaces. Always one for what is hidden or around the corner, I find the variety of floor plans exciting. I look at the miniature plans I sketch and imagine what rooms would go where. Is it an open floor plan or one that allows for hiding out in small spaces such as libraries or dens?

It is not only the variation of layout in the works above but how color affects the works. The background of each piece is exactly the same, yet differing colors and values create a change in appearance from one to the other.

My favorite part of these types of works is that no matter how much planning goes into the design, the outcome is always a surprise.

A few other things happening in the studio:

Scrap wood in the workshop being used to create a sculptural architectural work. Decisions are being made as to paint choices. Lots of color!

Mock-up on studio table for 14" X 11" painted textile work.

Saturday, October 6, 2018


"Aerial Pool 1"  14" X 11"  Lori LaBerge  2018, digital photograph

Two things came together this week. The first is the idea of ephemeral art. This type of art is temporary and not meant to last. It is created knowing it will end (as in performance art) or be destroyed. A good example of this was a work I saw in Burlington, Vt. shown below:

Flour poured through metal carving to create oriental rug effect by Cal Lane

The second idea was creating work from local sites. An abandoned pool has been an obsession with me for years as it is filled with cement blocks and other debris. A community college recently purchased the building and is just beginning construction starting with structural details.

Pool at Pinebridge in Spruce Pine NC

From these two thoughts I began painting on an old polyethylene tarp used as a drop cloth. I knew the tarp would again collect drops of paint and stain in its next use, destroying the work created.

The first artwork at the top of the post used the two blues from the above photo. The silver is the color of the cement blocks. The crinkled appearance is reminiscent of water movement.

Another view of abandoned pool

The work below was based on the spray paint surrounding the future construction area around the pool. The paint can just be seen on the upper right hand side of the photo above. There were also posts placed around the pool to keep people out. 

"Aerial Pool 2"  14" X 11"  Lori LaBerge  2018, digital photograph

The actual works do not exist anymore. One could think of the photographs as new works, but they are not the same as the originals.

Saturday, September 29, 2018


"Construction Quad"  63" X 48"  Lori LaBerge  2018

The yarn order arrived and now all that is left for "Construction Quad" is stitching the label to the back and pouring a glass of wine to relax with. While hanging the work to photograph, I looked closer at the various shapes and contemplated creating sculptural works.

Some ideas for painted textile works were printed out and the designs for underlayers of the hooked portions will be drawn out soon.

A pre-ordered copy of Ninth Street Women was received this week and given a place in the home library. The book, by Mary Gabriel, chronicles five women painters working in abstract expressionism. The author looks at Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler as they work in the male-dominated field of art. Hoping to start this one tomorrow.

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Layout of in progress work on "Construction Quad",  63" X 48"

After completing quite a few smaller works, it was time to return to "Construction Quad".  The hooking (in a 6-cut) was completed and finishing started. Yarns were chosen for the whipped edge. A dark gray will be interrupted on three sides by sections of rust, pink and light green. 

The piece has a reference to oceanside homes built as an escape, yet close to the roadways leading one to them. The shapes were derived and pieced together from viewing boats and houses on last year's vacation by the water.

The side piece brings more of the construction process to the work. While other options were designed for this purpose, some were simply too complex and distracted from the main hooked work. They could become works on their own. This is a much simpler, cleaner design. Plumb bobs hang from a painted board with the string brought through drilled holes in the board and coupling nuts resting on top of the board. The strings will be tied off. 

Plumb bobs will be allowed to sway freely. The board holding them will be hung with hardware that will show on top, adding to the construction process idea.

Saturday, September 8, 2018


"Blueprint Aqua"  6" X 12"  Lori LaBerge  2018

This work is the first of a triptych. It was brought about by water, how our interiors are an escape from the exteriors, how our homes are part of our community, and how color affects the perception of a work.

The design process is done through sketches and drawings on paper and through the use of Photoshop. As a means of recording works I take photos, print out copies of the process and place them in file folders. Included for this work are:

The sketch of the background layer of the work for hooking and blueprint for painting.

Color plan for background layer

Mock up of final look of work minus blueprint along with framing option. A photo of the actual work with framing will be taken when done.

Information on work including title, artist, size, materials, framing and design thoughts. Any future information (shows, sales, etc.)  will be added as needed.

Saturday, August 25, 2018


"Where We Live"  30 1/4" X 12 1/2",  Lori LaBerge  2018

We had a wonderful vacation, but there is always something special about returning home. It is where we live. What does a house say about us? How do we treat it? Is it a place to escape from the world and relax? Is it a place to share with family and friends? Does it tell others about us?

"Where We Live" explores these thoughts. A modern home is fronted by walls or fencing and a small gated opening. In the background are four figures. Friends? Family? I prefer this piece to be left to the imagination of the viewer. 

I'll leave you with some of the lyrics of one of my favorite songs by Nina Persson:

"And maybe dreaming of houses can save me
Give me a place where it's quiet 
And my head can rest at night
Oh maybe dreaming of houses can save me
Scenes in the wallpaper
Map the architecture of my mind"

You can listen to this song here.

Saturday, August 18, 2018


 Standing next to "Lion" by Bernard Langlais

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Maine may be small in size, but don't let that fool you. The museum has shown the work of major artists. An outdoor sculpture garden greets visitors who can stroll the grounds and also catch a beautiful view of the ocean. There are plenty of benches to sit down, breathe in some ocean air, revel in the art and do some sketching.

"This is Us"  J.T. Gibson

On our trip, the work of Lois Dodd was featured. The simplicity of her work has always drawn me to it. Dodd studied both art and textile design. 

 "Green Shotgun House, Baton Rouge"  Lois Dodd

 "Red Drape, Blue Shadows"  Lois Dodd

"House and Barn"  Lois Dodd

Close up. Sketching and grid lines were left to show on the final work.

Works by other artists on display:

  "Interior, From the Living Room"  John Edward Heliker

"Great Windows"  John Hultberg

"Birds of Paradise"  Beverly Hallam

 "Emily Dickinson Poem Number 1101"  Will Barnet

"Vapor"  Dozier Bell