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Magnetic Poetry/Feel Gardens

Kerfe reminded me that we came up with this in February. My interpretation is literal as usual. 


I had an image on my phone that I had been planning to draw for a while. It just seemed to fit. 

I don’t remember the source but I liked the photo: serene. 

My Dad and Emily

Em must have been around nine here. It’s a sketch from a photo of them sitting at the table in France. She wasn’t drinking wine. She just liked to drink out of a wine glass like we all were. 

Another Oldie

Found yesterday: a fold out screen illustrating a Robert Frost poem. It was difficult to photograph but I tried. I did this long long ago when I was doing work with a lot of colored tissue paper. 

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall

That sends the frozen ground swell under it

And spills the upper boulders in the sun;

And makes gaps even two can pass abreast

He says again, “good fences make good neighbors.”

Old painting 

Found yesterday by my daughter while cleaning in the basement. She also found some of my mom’s books including a first edition of a D.H.Lawrence poetry book (#29 of 1000) signed by his wife. This little undated painting is of my parents standing outside a house they rented in the South of France. This brought back many happy memories. I did this from a photo but I’m not sure where the photo is. I caught something of my parents in it especially my father’s thin legs.

Mosaic 2

Ideas generate ideas and the more art you do the better. Lying in bed this morning I thought of some things I may do on this one: markings in the white space, words, borders around the whole or the individual squares and such. On the other hand I like this. It looks clean (although I could have done a better job with the placement of the squares) and seems pretty complete. 

Woven and a Striped Background

I painted a background on which to mount the second woven painting. I did these for fun but I’m thinking if I ever had a little exhibit I’d frame and show them. They are a bit irregular which bothers my OCD but it is what it is. 

The stripes got lost because this is woven pretty tightly–no space to show the colors throughout. Next time I’ll leave some space. And I have some extra for the next venture. 

Mosaic

These are the edges of the woven piece from yesterday. Not exactly a grid because they are all different sizes but I may try doing a Kerfe style grid with even squares. There is something about this I like. I like how the colors work together and how it moves from the blues to the pinky oranges. 

Woven 2

This time I cut a painting on the paper cutter inadvertently leaving the first strip attached at the edge. This kept the original image somewhat together. 

It also made it easier to weave and to get a tighter weave. Here it is finished. 

I stuck the little squares I cut off down the sides. It’s not glued down though. I did glue down the first one on black painted watercolor paper. 

Here’s a closeup of the second one. This was the abstract I posted last week. 

I am thinking of doing some very small weavings for my greeting card supply. 

Woven

The abstract from the other day: I cut it into strips and wove it. It reminded me of those loopy pot holders we used to make on the little metal frame. Those were fun! Anyone out there remember making pot holders for their mothers?

This was a good way to improve an ugly painting and I kind of like it. Here’s a closeup with it on black paper. 

Also a close up on white. The black is better I think. 

Evolution of a Hot Mess

Sometimes a painting just doesn’t work out. This is one of those times. 

It started out innocently enough. Easter egg colors and and abstract composition, nothing wrong with that. 

It seemed bland and it needed contrast so I started messing with it. 

Maybe a little better but just not right. Did a black and white filter on it: pretty awful. 

Oh well. Not every painting has to be a masterpiece. Featured image is the finished one; I added big swaths of black but that didn’t really help either. An example of the process, folks!