The design is slowly taking shape and I am gaining the confidence to add a bit here and tweak it there! Just beginning on the sky part of the design, which will be dramatic and loaded with fabulous color.
The rough "cartoon" is in place and I am ready to weave! Not surprisingly, for my first attempt I am heading back to my favorite water/sky theme and recreating a favorite sunset over Legoe Bay in fiber!
At 39x24 I think that this loom is a good size for a beginner weaver like myself. As per Goldilocks, not too big, not too small, just right!
I will post images of my progress as I go along.
I recently became intrigued by the now, fairly rare art of creating loom tapestries. I started off by building a small trial loom using the frame from a stretched canvas as per a design I found online. It worked well enough to encourage me to buy a real tapestry loom, which I have warped and is now ready for a new creative adventure!! I will post updates on my progress!
I have been enjoying learning the art of lino cuts and hand printing them onto vintage music sheets, hand-made paper and card. Starting off with fairly simple images and gradually attempting more and more complex pieces. I have just received a new carving set, a baren and a selection of bigger mounted lino blocks, so watch this space!!
I am currently preparing for the opening of my new Lummi Island Gallery and the inaugural show PRIDE & JOY where I am proud to be exhibiting alongside some truly brilliant artists.
Our little island abounds with incredibly talented artists and artisans and I am so thrilled to be able to offer them a permanent venue for their work.
Meanwhile, I have reverted back to my favorite medium and imagery and am "painting" big oils filled with sculptural rocks and water and sky all carved out with my palette knife. I am in a good place, my work feels gentler and I am enjoying the guidance and encouragement of some truly gifted friends.
Almost another month has gone by, but the good news is that in between working on getting the new gallery open I have been painting and drawing and listening to some truly glorious music!
I made a quick trip up to Opus in Canada and stocked up on a bunch of things, including lots of new colors in acrylic ink which I tried out drawing on canvas with calligraphy pens. I added some extra feathers in a gentle silver ink to connect the work after the photo was taken and then gave it to a special friend before I took a final photo! But never mind, you will get the overall "picture".
I rather enjoy the ability to draw very fine details in pen and ink, a total contrast to the big gestural palette knife work that I do in my oils. I rather like this technique and am planning to use it on some small dance pieces that I have been thinking about for a while.
It is a bit embarassing to note that it has been more than a month since my last entry! Oops, not sure that I am meeting that "regularly updated" criteria! But the good news is that I continue to work on multiple projects in a variety of mediums and that I am having way too much fun!
I have been happily painting along with the brilliant watercolor classes given by my friend Tony O'Regan at Emily Carr, UBC, the Shadbolt Centre and others and generously shared on-line. Take a look at the latest ones.
I was lucky enough to be gifted one of the beautiful demo pieces he did from a photograph that I took here on the island!
Meanwhile, I have been working on a big oil from the same photograph. Although it may not be obvious, I am finding myself in a gentler place and, although I am still working primarily with a palette knife and creating texture, the overall result is much softer.
Having watched an online product video and been rather intrigued, I recently acquired a jar of graphite powder and a nice chunky graphite stick. I have always liked the drama of black, white and grey and, of course, rather enjoy getting into my work with my fingers. When I am working in oils, having put my palette knife down and been ready to walk away, I often find myself using a finger to soften an edge or move some color around. So, working the graphite powder into the paper with a (sometimes) gloved finger, has great appeal. The graphite stick I purchased was a 9B, which is supposed to be the darkest and softest, which sounded good, but somehow has not, as yet, given me quite the rich darks that I was looking for.
Because I had mentioned the graphite and working in black and white, a friend kindly took the trouble to shoot a wonderfully graphic photo of the sun in a grey sky through beautiful old bare branches and sent it to me. This resulted is my first attempt with the graphite.
I am debating going back in and creating more contrast using the graphite stick, or perhaps even introducing some acrylic or Indian ink. We shall see :)