Saturday, January 27, 2018


"Spa Day"  14" X 11"  Lori LaBerge  2018

A slight change was made from the original color plan from last week's post. The gray and turquoise on the right were reversed placing them diagonal to their matching colors. A simple change, but the whole work looks much more interesting as it moves the eye more easily throughout the piece.

Textures are important to a work and we don't always see them from a distance so I put some close-ups from "Spa Day" below

 Here the bright blues mixed with navy draw the eye to what could otherwise appear as a dark hole in the work.

Grays are always in my go to stash. This textured gray used as-is adds to the work when seen up close.

A dull light sage green is punched up with a brighter mottled green in the mint family.

The turquoise in the work is the only wool that is not mottled or mixed with another color. It has solidity and strength giving the eye a nice break from everything happening in the other colors.

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Untitled design,  Lori LaBerge  2018

This week included work on design and color planning. This has led to plans to create a grouping of black and white works from 2-value studies.

Here is how thoughts developed for two designs using sketchbook and Photoshop:

A design was drawn from a previous sketch. A half circle was added to the left hand side which can be seen in the photo at the top of the post. This balances out the work and detracts a bit from the large section of white. If you put your finger over the half circle you can see how the eye first focuses on the yellow rectangle and is then pulled to the left by the white. If you view the work with the yellow half circle, you can see how it brings the eye down from the white, so the eye is not stranded at the top of the work.

As color planning was developed, I began by separating the design into 2 values so I could clearly separate the light areas from the dark areas. It helps to think about shapes when working with these studies.

I decided on a calm, relaxing feel to the work. The light areas consist of white and sage green while the darker areas were filled with turquoise, navy and yellow. The darker colors were broken down into light dark, medium dark and dark. A black line was added to the rectangle to emphasize the focal point.

Untitled design,  Lori LaBerge  2018

Here a light center is surrounded by dark sides. It can be seen how the design also changed a bit  with the black rectangle enlarged, the right side being extended all the way to the top and a horizontal rectangle added on the right.

The eye is clearly drawn to the lighter center of the work with the bright pink rectangle the focus.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


The background of the latest work in progress was worked on this week. A variety of dark grays are being used to follow the designs of the middle squares. The darks create a shadow effect while not distracting from the colorful squares.

Work in progress,  Lori LaBerge  2018

I can already see a change that will be made. The light gray strips between blocks will be changed to the darker gray to frame the blocks better, with the light gray left on the sides. This will be an easy change as the strips are narrow. 

I started a self-imposed class on architecture and architectural drawing. Textbooks were received this week and 2 hours a day have been scheduled for studying. 

Exercise in sketchbook

Above is one of the exercises I completed to study positive and negative shape. A mortar and pestle was used as the subject. The exercise shows how shape is not a sole entity. Every shape has a relation to the environment it resides in. I plan on using this exercise with various subjects, more asymmetrical, to see how many interesting shapes can be found from both the negative and positive areas. 

Further Exercise:

While teaching, I have used color to study shape perception. Put a colored shape against a white background, then against the same color background. How does this affect your perception of the shape and ability to identify it? Use various values of one color against another? At what value point is the subject easiest to identify or show the best at? Do we need a bold contrast or will a softer contrast serve our purpose?