Beginning a new series based on my travels. The challenge is to simplify the experience.
I decided a journal approach will help develop style and studies for larger art. Less pressure to “nail it” the first time and as you will see, the exercise leads to my goal… concise yet informative designs. Techniques and materials are not clarified yet, although my new supply of cotton fabric and threads will be tapped into.
Thanks go to the students in my design class at Puget Sound Rug School, who energized my own creativity. The first sketch is a result of one of the exercises. List a topic, describe it in words and motifs.
Over the past week I have developed three separate designs inspired by the trip to Seattle. The City View has seen 6 versions so far. Next steps to decide size, techniques, materials and begin with my favorite tools-my hands. Slowly I will communicate.
Two days ahead of Puget Sound Rug School I have immersed myself in Seattle visually and physically. Who knew you could “hike” five miles in a city? Camera in pocket and rain gear on here are some inspiring compositions.
Okan Arts Japanese cottons
First stop was a fiber mecca for me. Patricia Belyea has amassed an amazing collection of Japanese yukata cottons available for US quilting and fiber artists from her shop in Seattle or online at OkanArts.com. I selected bold patterns and intimate repeats of lines to be combined into my art.
Pikes Market produce
Vendors carrying produce, flowers, artisan products, and baked goods entice the tourists at Pikes Market down along the waterfront. The blast of color and natural shapes caught my attention.
Contrast and lines
The city is filled with contrasting shapes, lines of different strengths, and shots of color in the structures, everyone vying for attention.
And then there was the sensual allure of roasting coffee at THE Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. Notice the gentle curves of the copper tubes and the warm color of the roasted beans awaiting the personal selection.
All of my senses were heightened. I am sure to end up with some visual artwork from these hours spent in the Emerald City. Traveling from the West Virginia mountains to a metropolitan area increases the awareness of structure.