Saturday, May 26, 2018


"Between the Lines"  7" X 10" (11"x 14" as shown matted) LaBerge  2018

I worked a bit with paint, colored pencils, canvas, thread, upholstery and cotton this week. An architectural painting was done on a 4" x 4" piece of canvas using acrylic and colored pencil.

Upholstery fabric was pieced together and the painted canvas was stitched over with a turquoise thread. 

A striped piece of cotton was then stitched on top of one side of the upholstery fabric.

The edges of the canvas were left raw. This along with the pieced upholstery and stitched cotton reflect the process of constructing buildings. A large amount of work goes into the time between the start of construction and a finished building leading to the title "Between the Lines". The completed work is now ready for framing.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


"Monolith"  11" x 14"  Lori LaBerge  2018

My natural inclination is toward strong colors. In this work I decided to have just the one bold area. The dark blue/gray with black half circle stands out among the pastel shades surrounding it. There is a relaxing softness to the work. The use of irregular lines rather than hard edge adds to the soft feel.

 "Monolith" in progress on frame
Color selection

Blues, pinks and greens seem to be my colors this week as they appeared in both painted and hooked works.

"Gallery View"  11 X 14 acrylic on canvas,  Lori LaBerge  2018

I've been spending time walking downtown noticing all the building angles and alleyways. Various shapes were sketched out for use in this and future works and studies. Numerous diagonal lines approach from both the left and the right leading to the focal point of a square filled with color against a bright white. It gives me the feeling of wanting to be in the work itself with the lime green and royal blue adding a bit of excitement.

Saturday, May 12, 2018


Entry walkway into Fallingwater

We have been looking up architectural sites to visit on our travels. Having passed by Fallingwater numerous times, we took time to stop and make it a day. This home is well worth the time and the guides are wonderful.

Photos are not allowed inside the house and only at distance points for exterior shots. The home design shows the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. The attention to detail is simply amazing.

A fireplace with a round container for heating cider, glass which opens on the living area floor with steps leading down to the water (soak your feet or go fishing), windows which span around corners and a desk designed so the long window next to it can be opened. Wright clearly was able to envision exactly what he wanted. A balcony wall off one bedroom was purposely low so one could lie in bed and the view would not be obstructed. Photos of these and more can be found here.
Fallingwater Rising tells the story of Wright's architectural journey with the house. The owners were the Kaufmann's (Kaufmann's store is now known as Macy's).

The Fellowship tells the story of Wright's apprenticeship program where he trained others. If you like real-life drama you can read about the murders which took place at Wright's Taliesin home in "Death in a Prairie House". The book jumps around a bit with confusion in parts but is hard to put down. We'll be visiting Taliesin in Wisconsin this summer. Note there is a Taliesin East  (Wisconsin) and a Taliesin West (Arizona).

Down the road from Fallingwater is Polymath Park. Duncan house by Wright and two homes by his apprentice, Peter Berndston are there. These were homes designed to be affordable to the middle class. They are available for rental for overnight stays. Another Wright house is being moved there and they are in the stages of planning for a winery on site.

Entrance to restaurant and ticket check at Polymath Park

A stained glass work from the gift shop has a new place in our home.