Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sampler Progress: 3rd Week of October and a little painting...
Here's the latest group of photos. The first one is the latest... I had to move the tapestry so that I could get to the warp without standing up, but before I did, I moved it up so the whole thing could be seen up to last night's work:
The Whole Thing So Far:
This is what it looks like now that I rolled the tapestry towards the back of the loom:
Although I have the hang of how to do interlocks, which I tried a couple of different ways, I need a LOT more practice to get them looking good. Hatching was also a bit of a challenge, but I think part of the problem with it was the yarn color choices. The section with the white yarn came out the best because there was more contrast. I can see how using hatching with colors that don't contrast can be a valuable choice for certain effects... shading! Kathe discussed the differences between doing color progressions from top to bottom versus hatching... (see the dark to light blue block above the date card on the October 16th photo.. also the block with white and blue to blue to blue and red to red to red and white, next to the blue block..) those are different types of progressions than the hatching technique. Hatching works from side to side while the other types work from top to bottom/bottom to top..
Gary (my partner) seems minutely obsessed with the slits in the tapestry. The first time he saw the slits, he poked his finger through one of them and looked at me like "what on earth happened here??" and I told him that they're great for straight lines... today he asked if I'm going to sew them up. Heh. I told him that there are some times when an artist may not want to, but most of the time they are sewn up. There are about 8-10 in this one; I'll sew some and leave some...
Bowie, TX Art Guild Meeting:
On October 10th, I went to the local art guild meeting. Judy Braddy, an art instructor from Wichita Falls came down to talk to us and show us how much fun acrylic paints are. I already knew, and this was a chance to see that using artist's acrylic paints (which I have) are SOOO much better than the student paints. The student paints are more transparent and the pigment load is not as strong.
Here are a couple of photos from that demonstration:
Judy Brady explaining something to the group
My little flower painting... it's textured: