I’ve been keeping quite busy lately. I’m trying to paint my art supply room ( I hate painting) as it needs cleaning out and organizing very badly. I decided if I was going to rip it apart, I should paint it too – it is all white and y’all know how I feel about the absence of color – Ack!! Notice how I completely passed over the most disturbing part of that last sentence? A whole room that is just art supplies – very scary! So, by dribbles and drabs, I’ve been working on that. I also taught a new sock class recently which had to be written and was all about the options of toes; sock toes, it was fun!
And I’ve just started another of my Toe-Up, Two at a Time on One Needle Socks class. In fact, sock knitting must be hot because one filled up so I schedule another immediately following it and it’s full too. Cool beans!
But I’m also taking an online art class with Laura Cater-Woods. It’s called Idea to Image and it’s also an artist coaching group therapy class 😉 Laura is brilliant and has really helped me clear some cobwebs in my brain.
So, I’ve just started a new piece. I’ve decided to be brave and let you see the steps I’ve done so far. First, I want to keep this as non-objective as possible for a piece that actually has objects (I just learned a new term!) “non-objective art” is art with no recognizable objects in it; abstract). So, I’m trying to represent the theme of the work with just color – well, so far. Think — grape vine on a stucco wall. First blush at my idea was a water color.
Then, I added a sharp black, fine line to see if i like the contrast with soft color. I do.
Then I got out my fabric (silk noil). I decided that I’m a chicken and put in a few resist lines to represent the grape vine idea. The resist is Elmer’s Blue Gel School Glue – it works very well for this.
A better look at the resist.
Then I played with color!
It’s a bit more yellow than I planned but this is only the first layer of color. Since this is a wall piece, I don’t have to worry about how many layers I add and the fabric getting a stiff hand. If this was garment fabric, I would be very concerned but – I can explore this concept without that consideration.
Off to play some more!