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

Friday, August 3, 2018


Untitled work in design process,  14" X 11"  Lori LaBerge  2018

Shape is an important part of the design process. The shape of a work has to be decided on as well as how shapes will be formed within the work.

Start of design idea for overlay, Lori LaBerge  2018

My current work is developed in three layers. An underlayer, an overlayer and a blueprint layer.

Shapes we see are defined by other shapes around them. The shape of the turquoise rectangle above is a rectangle due to the way the shapes around it are placed. If one or more other shapes had been overlapped onto the rectangle the shape could easily change. If one shape changes due to the shape of another the decision has to be made as to whether the new shape works with the artist's intention or not.

The intention of the overlayer shown above is to show an aerial view of a city section. Things begin to change again when the blueprint layer (in white lines) is added to the work. 

Shapes in the work become divided, forming other shapes. For example, the red on the left is now divided into three shapes, an L and two rectangles. The only diagonal line is added to the bottom right which forms a triangle in a section of the dark gray. The blueprint section is an open shape which can be entered near the diagonal line. The variety is added by the background being composed of closed shapes.

Related designs in progress

Changes in shape led to the related ideas above. The large circle overlapped by turquoise vs. the small circle. The horizontal rectangular turquoise vs. the mint green vertical rectangle. The vertical ivory line not touching the top of the work vs. touching the top. The royal blue rectangle extended beyond the turquoise vs. the light blue being shorter and held within the green. 

Shapes can also add simplicity or complexity. A few large shapes vs. numerous small shapes or squares and rectangles vs. angled and organic shapes are two examples of this. 

Art Exercise-
Look at the shapes in abstract artwork and how they were formed by shapes around them and think about why the artist may have wanted a certain shape.