I am thrilled to create this post of the studies created in November 2013. The variety of techniques include painting canvas, beads, hooking, applique’, using found objects (ceramic mug, twist ties, clothesline), alpaca yarns, proddy, wire. Styles ranged from realistic, dimensional, abstract to geometric.
During the month I created three larger pieces inspired by the studies and like the feeling I had while making two random squares. They too could become runners at least. The palette is changing to softer, colder, and more subtle as the seasons change. I am going to bring out the alpaca yarns in a range of neutrals and softness for winter and the bare woods. Missing the FALL foliage wools already. Sure the small sparks of color will be much more enjoyable as our birds, the evergreens and wintry sky become subjects. But that is for December and into 2014.
I began this journal on October 18 and was literally in the studio or outside working each day. As November’s weather changed and the work space became a warm corner in the kitchen (with wood cook stove going) my work ethic changed. In the studio all the toys were accessible adding to pieces easily. Away from those inspirations more of the squares were just hooked. Those which I envisioned needed different materials awaited a trip downstairs.
So it took until December 13 to complete November’s squares. That’s ok with me. For the year each month will remain as you see on the header image, one large piece of linen divided in a calendar grid. After that I will divide them out and finish in appropriate manner for the piece. I have photographed changes, documenting the lessons I am learning. Considering this year to be my Independant Study. Self issued certificate at end.
December has each square drawn out but I felt completing one month was important in the new discipline. These pieces are revisiting some of the subjects with the new high contrast which snow adds. Tree branches, railings, even a chair are different when defined by a blanket of snow. Enjoy the Gallery of selected pieces.