Friday, August 25, 2017


"Downtown"  14" X 11",  Lori LaBerge  2017

Completed this week, "Downtown" gives the viewer a cool relaxing entrance of blues and greens leading into a warmer orange/yellow which is more action oriented and has the meaning of intellect, happiness and success. The bright colors lend an optimistic feeling. It is a place I would love to enter.

Framing for it will be discussed and completed in the next month before it is sent off to its new home, an office space in Los Angeles.

"Among the Blue"  14" X 11",  Lori LaBerge  2017  acrylic on canvas

I am creating a group of painting studies experimenting with various textures and techniques. This work is as if one is standing on a balcony, the lower section of diagonal across the piece, looking out upon the tops of city buildings.

More work was delivered to CVA Gallery in Greensboro, NC. Five of my works will be showing from September 1-November 10 in "Cut and Dyed: A Fiber Arts Exhibition". The reception will be September 1 from 6pm-9pm. The gallery is a strong promoter of arts in the community.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


 Untitled work in progress  14" X 11"  Lori LaBerge  2017

Another work was started this week based on downtown Los Angeles. This piece has a larger variety of shapes than my two previous architectural works leading to more color decisions. Colors were chosen to represent the feel of being near the water with a variety of light, dark, mottled, mixed and abrashed wool used.

The photo shows how values are dispersed so far. The darker values are around the edges and will continue to the left edge to form a U shape surrounding the lighter values, which are in the center and will continue to the upper area.

We drove over to Greensboro to deliver artwork and happened upon an exhibit of Richard Fennell's works at Greenhill.  I had a wonderful time exploring his use of brushstrokes and color. The works invite you into their world.

 Works by Richard Fennell at Greenhill exhibit

Works by Richard Fennell at Greenhill exhibit

One of my favorites.  I love the way this house was half hidden lending a sense of mystery. Work by Richard Fennell at Greenhill exhibit

Saturday, August 12, 2017


"Urban Blush"  11" X 14"   Lori LaBerge  2017

This week's work keeps with my love of roadways and architecture while lending itself to a variety of interpretations. 

The repetition of the red sections, the black partial circles, the gray color, curves, straight lines and diagonals keep my eye moving throughout the piece. There is quite a bit going on yet it retains its simplicity. The bottom of the white half circle comes close to the edge, creating slight tension. The red also adds tension, yet the analogous color scheme created by the addition of pink creates a sophistication which is amplified by the neutrality of gray, black and white.

Los Angeles

"Urban Blush" brought back the sense of both excitement and sophistication I feel when I visit cities. There is so much to see and it is a struggle at times to take it all in. Excitement abounds in all the activity and sophistication shows itself in the architectural surroundings. It is a different feeling from the humble architecture and quieter lifestyle found in rural areas. "Urban Blush" definitely contains the city feeling.

We often walk through town in the evenings. The other day we found this:

A painted rock was sitting on top of a larger one. The local areas are participating in a painted rock find. You find a rock, can keep it or place it elsewhere, and paint a rock to place somewhere in town for someone else to find.

Painted rock,  Lori LaBerge  2017, done for painted rock find in Spruce Pine.

Above is the rock I painted. It will be placed somewhere downtown on our next walk. Bright colors were used to attract local kids to art and a metal washer was glued on top much as I stitch washers to my textile work. I am hoping to see a lot of children participate in this project. This is being done in various places throughout the U.S.